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Éva Gérard-Novák

Full name: Éva Gérard-Novák
Gender: Female
Born: January 8, 1930 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: June 30, 2005 in Brussels, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
Affiliations: Ferencvárosi TC, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary, BEL Belgium
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Sister of Ilona Novák.

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Éva Novák's strongest event was the 200 m breast stroke. She twice bettered the world record (1950-51), and won an Olympic bronze (1948) and silver (1952). At the 1952 Olympics, Novák also won a silver in the 200 m freestyle, and swam on the golden Hungarian relay team, together with her sister Ilona. In Helsinki, she also met a Belgian reporter, Pierre Gérard, who would become her husband. Novák moved to Brussels to study medicine, and started swimming for Belgium. Her last Olympic participation was for that country, and she also won eight Belgian titles (compared to 33 Hungarian titles). Éva Novák was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1973, together with her sister. She was unable to return to her birth country until after the fall of the iron curtain.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 18 London Swimming Women's 200 metres Breaststroke Hungary HUN 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle Hungary HUN 2 Silver
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Hungary HUN 1 Gold WR
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming Women's 200 metres Breaststroke Hungary HUN 2 Silver
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Swimming Women's 200 metres Breaststroke Belgium BEL 6 h2 r1/2

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming Hungary Final 2 5:13.7
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming Hungary Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 5:21.3
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming Hungary Round One Heat Five 1 QU 5:19.1

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming Hungary HUN Final 1 WR 4:24.4 1:05.1 3:18.7
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming Hungary HUN Round One Heat One 1 QU 4:32.5 1:06.2 2:15.3

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 18 London Swimming Hungary Final 3 3:00.2
1948 Summer 18 London Swimming Hungary Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 2:58.0
1948 Summer 18 London Swimming Hungary Round One Heat One 2 QU 3:02.9
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming Hungary Final 2 2:54.4
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming Hungary Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 2:55.8
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming Hungary Round One Heat One 1 QU/OR 2:54.0
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Swimming Belgium Round One Heat Two 6 3:02.7