Zoltán Halmay

Zoltán Halmay de Erdőtelek (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈzoltaːn ˈhɒlmɒi]; 18 June 1881, Magasfalu – 20 May 1956, Budapest) was a Hungarian Olympic swimmer. He competed in four Olympics (19001908), winning the following medals:[1]

  • 1900: silver (200 m, 4000 m freestyle), bronze (1000 m freestyle)
  • 1904: gold (50yd, 100yd freestyle)
  • 1906: gold (4×250 m freestyle relay), silver (100 m freestyle) (these games are now not officially recognized by the IOC)
  • 1908: silver (100 m freestyle; 4 × 200 m freestyle relay)
Halmay in 1905
Zoltán Halmay
Medal record
Men's swimming
Representing Kingdom of Hungary
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1904 St. Louis 50 yd freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1904 St. Louis 100 yd freestyle
Silver medal – second place 1900 Paris 200 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 1900 Paris 4000 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 1908 London 100 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 1908 London 4×200 m freestyle relay
Bronze medal – third place 1900 Paris 1000 m freestyle
Intercalated Games
Gold medal – first place 1906 Athens 4×250 m freestyle relay
Silver medal – second place 1906 Athens 100 m freestyle

Zoltán Halmay, who was a two-time Olympic champion, was the most successful sportsman in freestyle swimming. In 1904 he won the 50 and 100 yards at the St. Louis Games and in 1906 he was a member of the 4×250 m relay team that won the gold medal at the Intercalated Games. He won a further 4 silver medals and a bronze medal at other Olympics. He was Hungarian champion 14 times and won the English, the German and the Austrian Championships as well. He was a world record holder at 100 metres and also at 50 and 220 yards. His versatility is shown by the fact that he was also a remarkable athlete, rower and football player, and he also won a national-level championship in roller-skating over 5000 metres. After his retirement, he worked as a trainer, and he was the federal chief trainer of the Hungarian Swimming Association. At the ceremony organised at the main square of the village, a monument unifying the memorial plaque and the statue of Halmay was set up in collaboration with the Slovak Olympic Committee and the local government of Vysoká pri Morave (Magasfalu).[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Zoltán Halmay". Olympedia. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  2. ^ http://www.halmay.hu/portal/modules.php?name=Irasok&file=nevadonk
Records
Preceded by
Men's 100 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

3 December 1905 – 20 July 1908
Succeeded by
Charles Daniels
Preceded by
Frederick Lane
Men's 200 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

28 June 1908 – 11 November 1908
Succeeded by
Otto Scheff