Zoltán Magyar

Zoltán Magyar (born 13 December 1953)[1] was the world's leading pommel horse gymnast in the 1970s. In this event he won two Olympic, three world, three European and two World Cup titles. Magyar had two moves named after him, the Magyar spindle (turning the body in the opposite direction from the circling legs) and the Magyar travel (crosswise circling travel down the horse).

Zoltán Magyar
Zoltán Magyar.jpg
Zoltán Magyar in 1967
Personal information
Country represented Hungary
Born (1953-12-13) 13 December 1953 (age 67)
Budapest, Hungary
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics
ClubFerencvárosi TC, Budapest
Eponymous skillsMagyar spindle, Magyar travel

He won the Olympic gold in 1976 and 1980;[2] world championships gold in 1974, 1978 and 1979;[3][4] European championships gold in 1973, 1975 and 1977;[5] and World Cup gold in 1975 and 1978. His largest margin of victory came at the 1978 World Championships, which he won by 0.375 points. For his achievements he was named Hungarian Sportsman of the year in 1974, 1978 and 1980.

In major all-around competitions, Magyar was ubiquitous but less successful. In Olympic all-around finals, he placed 29th in 1972, ninth in 1976 and ninth in 1980. In world championship all-arounds, he was 15th in 1974, 12th in 1978 and 18th in 1979.

Magyar retired following the 1980 Olympics. Since his departure, he has focused on his lifelong goal as a veterinarian. He currently operates a vet hospital and still resides in Budapest.

In May 2012, Magyar was inducted to the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.[6]


  1. ^ "Zoltán Magyar Biography and Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Olympic Games Medallists – Gymnastics on". Gbrathletics.com.
  3. ^ "List of Gymnastics World Champions on the homepage of the 2007 World Championships". Usa-gymnastics.org.
  4. ^ Ralph Hickok (18 February 2009). "World Gymnastics Championships on". Hickoksports.com.
  5. ^ "List of medallists of the European Championships of Gymnastics Men Pommel Horse". Sports123.com.
  6. ^ "Torna: Magyar Zoltán a Halhatalanok Csarnokában" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012.

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Preceded by
Géza Csapó
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
Succeeded by
András Hargitay
Preceded by
Pál Gerevich
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
Succeeded by
Tamás Wichmann
Preceded by
Tamás Wichmann
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
Succeeded by
Sándor Wladár