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Tamás Darnyi

Full name: Tamás Darnyi
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: June 3, 1967 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Affiliations: Újpesti TE, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 4 Gold (4 Total)

Biography

Possibly one of the greatest medley swimmers of all time, Tamás Darnyi dominated his speciality between 1985 and 1992. He won the 200/400 m medley double at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, the 1986 and 1991 World Championships, and the 1985, 1987 and 1989 European Championships. He also won a European title in the 200 m butterfly, and a world bronze in the same event. A teen talent, Darnyi might have competed at the 1984 Olympics, but both the Eastern European boycott and a personal accident prevented this. He was hit by a snowball in the left eye, which left him blind in one eye. After recovering, he started an unbeaten streak in medley events that lasted from 1985 to 1993. During that period, he bettered the World Record in both medley events three times. After his final European title in 1993 (400 medley), he retired and managed a Budapest sports school.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Men's 200 metres Backstroke Hungary HUN AC r1/2 DQ
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Men's 200 metres Individual Medley Hungary HUN 1 Gold WR
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Men's 400 metres Individual Medley Hungary HUN 1 Gold WR
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming Men's 200 metres Individual Medley Hungary HUN 1 Gold
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming Men's 400 metres Individual Medley Hungary HUN 1 Gold OR

Men's 200 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Hungary Round One Heat Five AC DQ

Men's 200 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Hungary Final 1 WR 2:00.17
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Hungary Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 2:02.15
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming Hungary Final 1 2:00.76
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming Hungary Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 2:01.29

Men's 400 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Hungary Final 1 WR 4:14.75
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Hungary Round One Heat Five 1 QU/OR 4:16.55
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming Hungary Final 1 OR 4:14.23
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming Hungary Round One Heat Five 1 QU 4:18.34
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