Hungary at the Olympics


Hungary first participated at the Olympic Games at the inaugural 1896 Games, and has sent athletes to compete in most Summer Olympic Games and every Winter Olympic Games since then. The nation was not invited to the 1920 Games for its role in World War I, and was part of the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Hungary at the
Olympics
IOC codeHUN
NOCHungarian Olympic Committee
Websitewww.olimpia.hu (in Hungarian and English)
Medals
Gold
178
Silver
151
Bronze
175
Total
504
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Hungarian athletes have won a total of 492 medals at the Summer Games and 7 medals at the Winter Games, with fencing as the top medal-producing sport. Hungary has won more Olympic medals than any other existing nation that has never hosted the Games and has the highest all time number of gold medals per capita of any nation (as of 2021), making it the most successful sporting nation of all time at the Olympic Games.[1]

The National Olympic Committee for Hungary is the Hungarian Olympic Committee, and was created and recognized in 1895.

Medal tables


Medals by Olympic Games

Medals by sport

Youth Games medal tables


Athletes with most medals


The Hungarian athletes who won the most medals in the history of the Olympic Games are the fencer Aladár Gerevich and the gymnast Ágnes Keleti.

Athlete Sport Games Total
Aladár Gerevich Fencing 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960 7 1 2 10
Pál Kovács Fencing 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960 6 0 1 7
Rudolf Kárpáti Fencing 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960 6 0 0 6
Ágnes Keleti Gymnastics 1952, 1956 5 3 2 10
Krisztina Egerszegi Swimming 1988, 1992, 1996 5 1 1 7
Danuta Kozák Kayaking 2008, 2012, 2016 5 1 0 6
Győző Kulcsár Fencing 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976 4 0 2 6
Tamás Darnyi Swimming 1988, 1992 4 0 0 4
Jenő Fuchs Fencing 1908, 1912 4 0 0 4
Katalin Kovács Kayaking 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 3 5 0 8
Natasa Dusev-Janics Kayaking 2004, 2008, 2012 3 2 1 6
András Balczó Modern pentathlon 1960, 1968, 1972 3 2 0 5
Dezső Gyarmati Water polo 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964 3 1 1 5
Katinka Hosszú Swimming 2016 3 1 0 4
Zoltán Kammerer Kayaking 2000, 2004, 2012 3 1 0 4
Gabriella Szabó Kayaking 2008, 2012, 2016 3 1 0 4
Tibor Berczelly Fencing 1936, 1948, 1952 3 0 2 5
Endre Kabos Fencing 1932, 1936 3 0 1 4
György Kárpáti Water polo 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964 3 0 1 4
Áron Szilágyi Fencing 2012, 2016, 2020 3 0 1 4
Tibor Benedek Water polo 2000, 2004, 2008 3 0 0 3
Péter Biros Water polo 2000, 2004, 2008 3 0 0 3
Csaba Fenyvesi Fencing 1968, 1972 3 0 0 3
Tamás Kásás Water polo 2000, 2004, 2008 3 0 0 3
Gergely Kiss Water polo 2000, 2004, 2008 3 0 0 3
Tamás Molnár Water polo 2000, 2004, 2008 3 0 0 3
László Papp Boxing 1948, 1952, 1956 3 0 0 3
László Rajcsányi Fencing 1936, 1948, 1952 3 0 0 3
Botond Storcz Kayaking 2000, 2004 3 0 0 3
Zoltán Szécsi Water polo 2000, 2004, 2008 3 0 0 3

Notes: in Khaki the athletes still in activity.

Flagbearers


Summary by sport


Aquatics

Swimming

Hungary first competed in swimming at the inaugural 1896 Games, with one swimmer (Alfréd Hajós) winning gold medals in both of the events he entered. Hungary also had one swimmer in 1900 taking a medal in every event he entered (Zoltán Halmay, with 2 silvers and a bronze). Hungary has won the fourth-most gold medals of any nation in swimming (28) and sixth-most total medals (73).

Games Swimmers EventsGoldSilverBronze Total
1896 Athens12/42002
1900 Paris13/70213
Total28252073
EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronze Total Best finish
Men's 100 metre freestyle23/271896189618963216 (1896, 1904, 1936)
Men's 200 metre freestyle10/1519001900N/A0101 (1900)
Men's 1000 metre freestyle1/119001900N/A0011 (1900)
Men's 1200 metre freestyle1/11896189618961001 (1896)
Men's 4000 metre freestyle1/119001900N/A0101 (1900)

Athletics

Hungary first competed in athletics at the inaugural 1896 Games, with 3 athletes competing in 5 events and winning a silver and two bronze medals. The nation's first gold medal in the sport came in 1900, with Rudolf Bauer's victory in the discus throw.

Games Athletes EventsGoldSilverBronze Total
1896 Athens35/120123
1900 Paris913/231012
Total10121840
EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronze Total Best finish
Men's 60 metres2/21900N/AN/A00007–10 (1900)
Men's 100 metres16/2818961896N/A0011 (1896)
Men's 200 metres14/271900N/AN/A00007th (1900, 1908)
Men's 400 metres14/281900N/AN/A00007th (1928)
Men's 800 metres16/2818961896N/A0101 (1896)
Men's 110 metres hurdles12/281896N/AN/A00003rd (1896)[2]
Men's 200 metres hurdles1/21900N/AN/A000011th (1900)
Men's marathon15/2818961896N/A0011 (1896)
Men's long jump15/2819001952N/A0011 (1952)
Men's triple jump12/281896N/AN/A00004th (1896)
Men's high jump12/2819001900N/A0112 (1908)
Men's pole vault7/281900N/AN/A00004th (1900)
Men's standing triple jump1/21900N/AN/A00005th–10th (1900)
Men's shot put16/2819001964N/A0011 (1964)
Men's discus throw21/281900190019001102 (1900)

Fencing

Hungary has won the third-most gold medals and second-most total medals in fencing, in each case behind Italy and France. Hungary has historically been most successful in the sabre events. Hungary's first fencing appearance was in 1900, with 7 fencers including sabreurs who finished 4th and 5th. Hungary has dominated the men's individual sabre, winning half of the gold medals (14 of 28), including a string of 9 consecutive victories from 1924 to 1964 (with an 11-Games podium streak extending further to 1972). Hungary had also won in 1908 and 1912; the streaks might have been 12 and 15 if the nation had not been excluded from the Games in 1920 due to its role in World War I.

Games Fencers EventsGoldSilverBronze Total
1900 Paris74/70000
Total37232787
EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronze Total Best finish
Men's sabre24/28190019081908147829 (14 times)
Men's master's épée1/11900N/AN/A000019th (1900)
Men's master's foil1/21900N/AN/A000046th (1900)
Men's masters sabre1/119001900190011029th (1900)

Gymnastics

Hungary sent two gymnasts to the first Games in 1896; they did not medal.

Games Gymnasts EventsGoldSilverBronze Total
1896 Athens25/80000
1900 Paris21/10000
Total15111440
Artistic
EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronze Total Best finish
Men's individual all-around21/2719001932N/A0101 (1932)
Men's vault18/2418961948N/A0022 (1948, 1948)
Men's pommel horse20/241896193219325005 (5 times)
Men's rings17/241896199620001102 (2000)
Men's parallel bars18/2418961932N/A0101 (1932)
Men's horizontal bar17/241896N/AN/A00004th (1932, 1948)

Tennis

Hungary first competed in tennis at the inaugural 1896 Games, with one player in the men's singles earning a bronze medal. It remains (through the 2016 Games) the only tennis medal won by Hungary.

Games Athletes EventsGoldSilverBronze Total
1896 Athens11/20011
Total0011
EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronze Total Best finish
Men's singles7/1518961896N/A0011 (1896)

Weightlifting

Hungary first competed in weightlifting at the inaugural 1896 Games, with one lifter competing in one event.

Games Lifters EventsGoldSilverBronze Total
1896 Athens11/20000
Total29920
EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronze Total Best finish
Men's two hand lift1/21896N/AN/A00006th (1896)

Wrestling

Hungary first competed in wrestling at the inaugural 1896 Games, with one wrestler competing in the open weight class event.

Games Wrestlers EventsGoldSilverBronze Total
1896 Athens11/10000
Total19161954
Greco-Roman
EventNo. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
GoldSilverBronze Total Best finish
Men's Greco-Roman open1/11896N/AN/A00004th (1896)

See also


References


  1. "Olympic Medals per Capita". Medalspercapita.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  2. Alajos Szokolyi is officially listed as not starting in the 1896 final, a race in which only two men appeared. Szokolyi is de facto tied for third, but is not recognized as a bronze medalist by the IOC.