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Dezso Gyarmati, the Water Polo legend from Hungary died

Dezso Gyarmati, the water polo legend from Hungry died. He won five medals in Olympics that included three gold’s at Helsinki, Melbourne and Tokyo.

Aug 19, 2013 16:00 IST
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Dezso Gyarmati, the water polo legend from Hungry died on 18 August 2013. He was 85. Dezso Gyarmati was the winner of three Olympic gold medals and overall tally of five Olympic medals between 1948 and 1964. He received gold in 1952 in Helsinki (Finland), 1956 in Melbourne (Australia) and 1964 in Tokyo (Japan).

About Dezso Gyarmati

• He is considered as one of the greatest water polo players of all times
• In 1976, Gyarmati was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame
• During his active career, he played 108 matches for the Hungarian national team (his era was the era without World Championships, World League and World Cup)
• In 1956 Olympic tournament he was a the member of the famous Blood in Water match against the Soviet Union, this made him a part of Hungarian history
• He holds a personal record of 58.5 seconds on 100 meters
• In European Championships he won two gold medals in 1954 and 1962
• He coached the Hungarian national team during, 1973–1980 and 1985–1988, and as a coach he led Hungary to win their sixth Olympic gold medal at the 1976 Games in Montreal at Canada
• He was married with Eva Szekely (former swimmer and 1952 Olympic champion on 200 metres breaststroke)
• His daughter Andrea Gyarmati is a former backstroke and butterfly swimmer who received two Olympic medals in 1972 and a former World record holder on 100 metres butterfly

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