Boglárka Kapás

Boglárka Kapás (pronounced [ˈboɡlaːrkɒ ˈkɒpaːʃ]; born 22 April 1993)[1] is a Hungarian competitive swimmer. She is the world champion (2019 Gwangju) in 200 m butterfly and a bronze Medalist at the Olympic Games (2016 Rio de Janeiro) in 800 m freestyle.

Boglárka Kapás
Personal information
National teamHungary
Born (1993-04-22) 22 April 1993 (age 27)
Debrecen, Hungary
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight52 kg (115 lb)
ClubÚjpesti TE


Kapás won Hungary's first ever gold medal at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in 200 m butterfly. Qualified for the final with the best time, she swam a personal best 2:08.72, finishing 1.4 seconds ahead of second placed Judit Ignacio.[2] She won one more gold medal in 400 m freestyle[3] and a silver medal in 200 m freestyle.[4]

At the 2010 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Eindhoven Kapás won the silver medal in 800m freestyle, with a time of 8:18.56. The event was notable in that it was a heat-declared result (medals based on times from heats with no final swum), where Kapás won the heat for the top seeded swimmers by a comfortable margin; however, lost the event to Federica Pellegrini who had raced earlier in the 'slower' heat.[5]

She passed the Olympic A-standard in 800m freestyle and earned a quota for the Games at the first meeting of the 2011 Mare Nostrum series in early June.[6] In July 2011 at the 2011 Swimming World Championships she set a new national record in the same distance with a time of 8:24.79, which was enough for the fifth place.[7] In November Kapás suffered a rib injury, that forced her to miss both the 2011 European Short Course Swimming Championships and the United States–Europe swimming gala.[8]

After returning from injury, Kapás won the 800m freestyle event of the 2012 European Aquatics Championships on home soil in Debrecen.[9]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Kapás came third in the 800m freestyle behind Katie Ledecky and Jazz Carlin, thus getting the bronze medal. She set a new national record time for this event of 8:16:37.

This is an example of how loving what you do can take you far. Based on her journey, Bogi says, “There will always be highs and lows that’s why it’s important to stay true to your passions and goals. I, for example, had an injury that lasted three months. It was hard to come back and get in the shape I was in before. My goal to make the Olympic team and love for the sport gave me the determination I needed to continue working.”

At the 2019 World Aquatics Championships she won the gold medal in the 200m butterfly event.[10]

In the 2019 ISL season she was in team London Roar and they got the second place in the first ISL final in history. In 2020 she changed teams and was part of the NY Breakers and swam in the semi finals.[1]

Bogi, who is engaged to fellow Breaker Ádám Telegdy, has two cats named Vanilla, and Csoki which means “chocolate.” She cites winning a math contest in elementary school as one of her most memorable accomplishments.

Boglarka Kapás at the ISL 2020 in Budapest.



  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Boglárka Kapás". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Kapás Boglárka Olimpiai Bajnok" (in Hungarian). Úszóvilág. 16 August 2010. Archived from the original on 12 October 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Aranyos nap az uszodában" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Kapás Boglárka ezúttal ezüstérmet nyert" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Rövidpályás úszó Eb: Kapás Boglárka ezüstérmes" (in Hungarian). Heti Világgazdaság. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Cseh László és Kis Gergő is nyert Barcelonában – ezzel olimpiai kvótát szereztek" (in Hungarian). Hungarian Press Agency. 5 June 2011. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Felgyorsultak a magyar gyorsúszók – Kapás ötödik, Takács hatodik lett a vébén" (in Hungarian). Origo. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Kapás Boglárka még siratja a gálát" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  9. ^ "Pazar: Hosszú, Kapás, Cseh és Gyurta is aranyérmes!" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  10. ^ Attila Ághassi (25 July 2019). "Kapás Boglárka káprázatos úszással aranyérmes". (in Hungarian). Retrieved 25 July 2019.

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