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Dezső Gyarmati

Full name: Dezső Gyarmati
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: October 23, 1927 in Miskolc, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Hungary
Died: August 18, 2013 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Affiliations: Újpesti TE, Budapest (HUN) / Ferencvárosi TC, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Water Polo

Related Olympians: Father-in-law of Mihály Hesz; Father of Andrea Gyarmati; Husband (divorced) of Éva Székely.

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Desző Gyarmati is often considered the greatest water poloist of all-time. His feat of winning water polo medals at five successive Olympic Games (gold 1952, 1956, 1964; silver 1948; bronze 1960) has never been matched. He also captained winning Hungarian teams at the 1954 and 1962 European Championships. An excellent swimmer with a best time of 58.5 seconds for 100 metres (quite fast in that era), Gyarmati was called the “world’s fastest water polo player.” He was ambidextrous and could also play either back or forward. Gyarmati was considered a Hungarian national hero. He coached the Hungarian team that won the Olympic title in 1976, and also won medals in 1972 and 1980, and later became a member of Parliament. He married the 1952 Olympic 200 metres breaststroke champion Eva Székely. Their daughter, Andrea, was an Olympic silver medalist in the 100 metres backstroke in 1972 and she later married Mihály Hesz, the 1968 Olympic canoeing champion. Desző Gyarmati was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1976.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 20 London Water Polo Men's Water Polo Hungary HUN 2 Silver
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Water Polo Men's Water Polo Hungary HUN 1 Gold
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Water Polo Men's Water Polo Hungary HUN 1 Gold
1960 Summer 32 Roma Water Polo Men's Water Polo Hungary HUN 3 Bronze
1964 Summer 36 Tokyo Water Polo Men's Water Polo Hungary HUN 1 Gold

Men's Water Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1948 Summer 20 London Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #1 1T 1948-08-06 NED 4, HUN 4 0
1948 Summer 20 London Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #3 1 1948-08-07 HUN 3, BEL 0 1
1948 Summer 20 London Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #2 1 1948-08-04 HUN 5, FRA 4 1
1948 Summer 20 London Water Polo Hungary HUN Group C Match #1 2 1948-08-02 ITA 4, HUN 3 1
1948 Summer 20 London Water Polo Hungary HUN Group C Match #2 1 1948-08-02 HUN 3, YUG 1 1
1948 Summer 20 London Water Polo Hungary HUN Group E Match #1 1 1948-07-29 HUN 4, EGY 2 0
1948 Summer 20 London Water Polo Hungary HUN Group E Match #2 1 1948-07-31 HUN 11, GBR 2 1
1948 Summer 20 London Water Polo Hungary HUN Group E Match #4 1 1948-08-01 HUN 5, EGY 2 0
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #1 1 1952-08-01 HUN 7, ITA 2 1
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #3 1 1952-08-02 HUN 4, USA 0 1
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #1 1T 1952-07-30 YUG 2, HUN 2 0
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #2 1T 1952-07-30 NED 4, HUN 4 0
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #1 1 1952-07-26 HUN 9, EGY 0 2
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #2 1 1952-07-27 HUN 5, URS 3 1
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #4 1 1952-07-28 HUN 9, GER 1 1
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Water Polo Hungary HUN Qualifying Round Match #1 1 1952-07-25 HUN 13, MEX 4 1
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #4 1 1956-12-03 HUN 4, ITA 0 0
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #8 1 1956-12-05 HUN 4, GER 0 2
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #9 1 1956-12-06 HUN 4, URS 0 1
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #12 1 1956-12-07 HUN 2, YUG 1 0
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #2 1 1956-11-29 HUN 6, GBR 1
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #3 1 1956-11-30 HUN 6, USA 2 0
1960 Summer 32 Roma Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #1 1T 1960-09-02 URS 3, HUN 3 0
1960 Summer 32 Roma Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #4 1T 1960-09-03 ITA 3, HUN 3 0
1960 Summer 32 Roma Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #1 1 1960-08-30 HUN 3, NED 1 0
1960 Summer 32 Roma Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #4 2 1960-09-01 YUG 2, HUN 1 0
1960 Summer 32 Roma Water Polo Hungary HUN Group D Match #2 1 1960-08-26 HUN 7, USA 2 2
1960 Summer 32 Roma Water Polo Hungary HUN Group D Match #4 1 1960-08-27 HUN 9, BEL 4 0
1964 Summer 36 Tokyo Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #4 1 1964-10-18 HUN 5, URS 2 0
1964 Summer 36 Tokyo Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #1 1 1964-10-14 HUN 6, NED 5 1
1964 Summer 36 Tokyo Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #4 1T 1964-10-15 YUG 4, HUN 4 0
1964 Summer 36 Tokyo Water Polo Hungary HUN Group D Match #1 1 1964-10-11 HUN 11, EGY 1 1
1964 Summer 36 Tokyo Water Polo Hungary HUN Group D Match #2 1 1964-10-12 HUN 5, BEL 0 0
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