Katalin Kovács

Katalin Kovács (born 29 February 1976) is a Hungarian sprint canoer. She competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics and won eight medals, with three golds (K-2 500 m: 2004, 2008, K-4 500 m: 2012) and five silvers (K-2 500 m: 2000, 2012, K-4 500 m: 2000, 2004, 2008).

Katalin Kovács
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Kovács in 2016
Personal information
NationalityHungarian
Born (1976-02-29) 29 February 1976 (age 44)
Budapest, Hungary
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Sport
SportCanoe sprint
ClubBp. Honvéd(2009- )
MTK Budapest (2001-2008)
Újpesti TE (1997-2001)
BKV Előre SC (1995-1996)
Budapest SE ( -1994)
Bp. Spartacus (1987- )
Coached byFerenc Csipes
Medal record
Representing  Hungary
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 3 5 0
World Championships 30 7 3
European Championships 29 1 1
European Games 0 0 0
Total 62 11 4
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens K-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing K-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2012 London K-4 500 m
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney K-2 500 m
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney K-4 500 m
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens K-4 500 m
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing K-4 500 m
Silver medal – second place 2012 London K-2 500 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1998 Szeged K-4 200 m
Gold medal – first place 1999 Milan K-4 200 m
Gold medal – first place 1999 Milan K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2001 Poznań K-4 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2001 Poznań K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2002 Seville K-1 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2002 Seville K-1 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2002 Seville K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2003 Gainesville K-1 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2003 Gainesville K-1 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2003 Gainesville K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2005 Zagreb K-2 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2005 Zagreb K-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2005 Zagreb K-2 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2006 Szeged K-2 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2006 Szeged K-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2006 Szeged K-2 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2006 Szeged K-4 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2006 Szeged K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2006 Szeged K-4 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2007 Duisburg K-1 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2007 Duisburg K-1 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2009 Dartmouth K-1 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2009 Dartmouth K-1 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2009 Dartmouth K-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2009 Dartmouth K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2010 Poznań K-2 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2010 Poznań K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2011 Szeged K-2 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2011 Szeged K-4 500 m
Silver medal – second place 1997 Dartmouth K-4 500 m
Silver medal – second place 1998 Szeged K-4 500 m
Silver medal – second place 2007 Duisburg K-4 200 m
Silver medal – second place 2007 Duisburg K-4 500 m
Silver medal – second place 2009 Dartmouth K-4 200 m
Silver medal – second place 2010 Poznań K-1 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2013 Duisburg K-2 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Milan K-1 1000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Milan K-2 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Poznań K-1 500 m
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Zagreb K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2000 Poznań K-4 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2001 Milan K-1 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2001 Milan K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2002 Szeged K-1 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2002 Szeged K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2002 Szeged K-1 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2004 Poznań K-1 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2005 Poznań K-2 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2005 Poznań K-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2005 Poznań K-2 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2006 Račice K-2 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2006 Račice K-4 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2006 Račice K-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2006 Račice K-4 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2006 Račice K-2 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2006 Račice K-4 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2008 Milan K-1 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2009 Brandenburg K-4 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2009 Brandenburg K-1 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2009 Brandenburg K-1 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2009 Trasona K-2 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2009 Trasona K-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2011 Belgrade K-1 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2011 Belgrade K-2 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2011 Belgrade K-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2012 Zagreb K-2 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2013 Montemor-o-Velho K-2 200 m
Gold medal – first place 2013 Montemor-o-Velho K-4 500 m
Silver medal – second place 2012 Zagreb K-4 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Montemor-o-Velho K-2 500 m

Kovács also won a record 40 medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships including 30 golds (K-1 500 m: 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009; K-1 1000 m: 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009; K-2 200 m: 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011; K-2 500 m: 2005, 2006; K-2 1000 m: 2005, 2006; K-4 200 m: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2006; K-4 500 m: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011; K-4 1000 m: 2006), six silvers (K-1 1000 m: 2010, K-4 200 m: 2007, 2009, K-4 500 m: 1997, 1998, 2007), and three bronzes (K-1 500 m: 2001, K-1 1000 m: 1999, K-2 500 m: 1999).

She was elected Hungarian Sportswoman of the Year in 2002 and 2003. Together with Natasa Dusev-Janics she earned the title Hungarian Sportsteam of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2010.

AwardsEdit

  • Hungarian kayaker of the Year (10): 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Hungarian Sportswoman of the Year (2) - votes of sports journalists: 2002, 2003
  • Hungarian Athlete of the Year (2) - the National Sports Association (NSSZ) awards: 2003, 2009
  • For Budapest award (2004)
  • Perpetual champion of Hungarian Kayak-Canoe (2005)
  • Member of the Hungarian team of year (with Natasa Janics): 2005, 2006, 2010
  • Príma Primissima award (2006)
  • Papp László Budapest Sport awards (2012)
Orders and special awards
  •   Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Knight's Cross (2000)
  •   Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Officer's Cross (2004)
  •   Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Commander's Cross (2008)
  •   Order of Merit of Hungary – Commander's Cross with Star (2012)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Canoe09.ca profile
  • ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 1: flatwater (now sprint): 1936–2007 at WebCite (archived 2009-01-21). Additional archives: Wayback Machine.
  • ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 2: rest of flatwater (now sprint) and remaining canoeing disciplines: 1936–2007 at WebCite (archived 2009-11-09)
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Katalin Kovács". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
Awards
Preceded by
Gyöngyi Likerecz
Hungarian Sportswoman of The Year
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Nataša Janić