Ákos Vereckei

Ákos Vereckei (Sometimes listes as Ákos Vereczkei, born August 26, 1977 in Budapest) is a Hungarian sprint canoeist who has competed since the late 1990s. Competing in three Summer Olympics, he won two gold medals in the K-4 1000 m events (2000, 2004).

Ákos Vereczkei
Personal information
NationalityHungarian
Born (1977-08-26) August 26, 1977 (age 43)
Budapest, Hungary
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb)
Sport
SportCanoe sprint
Club600px Rosso e Nero2.png Bp. Honvéd (2001-2013)
Rosso e Blu3.png Csepel SC (1991-2001)
600px Bianco e Azzurro (Bordato).png Pestvidéki Gépgyár SK (1987-1991)
Retired2013
Medal record
Men's canoe sprint
Representing  Hungary
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney K-4 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens K-4 1000 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 Dartmouth K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 1998 Szeged K-1 500 m
Gold medal – first place 1999 Milan K-1 500 m
Gold medal – first place 1999 Milan K-4 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2001 Poznań K-1 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2006 Szeged K-4 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2003 Gainesville K-4 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2010 Poznań K-2 1000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Milan K-4 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Seville K-2 1000 m

Vereckei also won ten medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with six golds (K-1 500 m: 1998, 1999, 2001; K-4 500 m: 1997, K-4 1000 m: 1999; K-4 1000 m: 2006), two silvers (K-2 1000 m: 2010, K-4 1000 m: 2003), and two bronzes (K-2 1000 m: 2002, K-4 500 m: 1999).

A member of the Budapest Honvéd FC club, he is 188 cm (6'1") tall and weighs 88 kg (194 lbs).

AwardsEdit

  • Hungarian kayaker of the Year (6): 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Honorary Citizen of Csepel (2000)
Orders and special awards
  •   Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Officer's Cross (2000)
  •   Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Commander's Cross (2004)
  • Republic of Hungary Coat of arms, adorned with gold rings and Certificate of Merit (2008)

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