Zoltán Kővágó (born 10 April 1979 in Szolnok) is a Hungarian discus thrower. At the 2004 Olympic Games he initially won the bronze medal, but was promoted to silver when countryfellow Róbert Fazekas was disqualified following a doping rule violation.
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He himself was serving a competition ban for "evading doping testing". In August 2011 an Austrian doping controller searched for him in his former address. Kővágó already moved from there - he also officially reported his new address earlier - thus according to the controller's own admission he made an appointment with him on the phone and he stated Kővágó had not wanted to meet with him and had refused to give a sample. On the contrary Kővágó could be able to prove with call registry that that period the controller did not made any attempt to search for him. The standpoint of the Hungarian Anti-Doping Committee was that the athlete is innocent and the charge does not hold and together with the Hungarian Olympic Committee and the Hungarian Athletics Association they dispensed the athlete after their investigation. The IAAF did not accept this, thus the Hungarian Athletics Association appealed to the CAS (International Sport Court) and fully supported the athlete arguing all the evidence contradicts the controller's word. In the final sentence the former decision of the IAAF was approved and the athlete was banned. The ban lasted from 11 August 2011 to 5 July 2014.
His personal best throw is 69.95 m, achieved in May 2006 in Salon-de-Provence.
- Masterly youth athlete: 1997
- Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Golden Cross (2004)
- Hungarian athlete of the Year (1): 2004
- "Óriási magyar sportdiplomáciai kudarc - A huge failure of the Hungarian Sport Diplomacy". 24.hu.
- "Kővágó nem indulhat az olimpián - Kővágó cannot compete in the Olympic Games". 24.hu.
- "Amerikaiként indulhatna Kővágó? - Kővágó could be able to compete if he'd be American?". mno.hu.
- Athletes currently suspended from all competitions in athletics following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation as at: 18.04.14