Valéria Gyenge

Valéria Gyenge (born 3 April 1933) is a Hungarian swimmer who won the 400 m freestyle event at the 1952 Summer Olympics. She remained a leader in this event until 1956, but finished in a disappointing eighth place at the 1956 Olympics.[1][2] In 1978, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[2]

Valéria Gyenge
Valéria Gyenge 1956.jpg
Valéria Gyenge in 1956
Personal information
Full nameValéria Gyenge-Garay
Nationality Hungary
Born3 April 1933 (1933-04-03) (age 87)
Budapest, Hungary
ClubBudapesti Lokomotiv Sport Club
Budapesti Törekvés SK
Medal record


Gyenge was a daughter-in-law of János Garay, a 1928 Olympic fencing champion who died in a German concentration camp in 1945. Her sisters Judy and Suzy as well as her sister-in-law Mària were also swimmers. After 1956 Olympics Gyenge moved to Canada, together with her fiancé and future husband János Garai, a water polo player. In Canada she swam for the EMAC Club in Toronto for a few months and then coached swimming for three years before becoming a famous photographer. Her daughter Soo Garay became an actress.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b Valéria Gyenge.
  2. ^ a b c "VALERIE GYENGE (HUN) – 1978 Honor Swimmer" Archived 2008-01-22 at the Wayback MachineInternational Swimming Hall of Fame (Retrieved on May 4, 2008)

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Preceded by
Ragnhild Hveger
Women's 800 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

28 June 1953 – 14 January 1956
Succeeded by
Lorraine Crapp