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Hungary finishes 12th in Olympic medal rankings

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Hungary was ranked 12th in medal rankings in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, where Hungarian athletes gathered a total of 15 medals: eight gold, three silver and four bronze.

Dancers at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio yesterday. (Photo: MTI/Tamás Kovács) 

The impressive showing is likely to bode well for efforts to build support for holding the 2024 games in Budapest.

Swimmer Katinka Hosszú garnered the most medals among the Hungarian athletes, a total of four at the Olympics, three gold and one silver. She swam for gold in the 400 meters medley, breaking a world record as well as in the 100 meters backstroke and 200 meters medley, while winning silver in the 200 meters backstroke. She is now aiming at competing in Tokyo in 2020 and is a strong advocate of helping Hungarian swimming improve in general and to this end has just established her own Hungarian swimming club. 

Hungarian gold medal winners: 

*Emese Szász - Fencing, womenʼs individual épée

*Katinka Hosszú - Swimming, womenʼs 400m individual medley; womenʼs 100m backstroke; womenʼs

 200m individual medley

*Áron Szilágyi - Fencing, menʼs sabre

*Kozák & Szabó team - Canoeing, womenʼs kayak pair 500m

*Danuta Kozák - Canoeing, womenʼs individual kayak 500m

*Hungary’s national team - Canoeing, womenʼs kayak four 500m.

Hungarian silver medals: 

*Géza Imre - Fencing, menʼs individual épée

*Katinka Hosszú - Swimming, womenʼs 200m backstroke

*László Cseh - Swimming, menʼs 100m Butterfly.

Hungarian bronze medals: 

* Tamás Kenderesi - Swimming, menʼs 200m butterfly

* Boglárka Kapás - Swimming, womenʼs 800m freestyle

* Anita Márton - Athletics, womenʼs shot put

* Hungary’s national team - Fencing, menʼs épée

In the all-time medal rankings, Hungary occupies 11th place with a total of 482 medals: 167 gold, 146 silver and 169 bronze. 

Hungary’s capital, Budapest, is a candidate city for the 2024 Olympic Games, bidding against Rome, Paris and Los Angeles. Hungary received positive feedback in its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games from the International Olympic Committee’s executive board at a meeting in Lausanne, in June. The IOC said that Budapest is well suited to the Olympics, according to Balázs Fürjes, government commissioner for the bid.

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