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Olivér Halassy

Full name: Olivér Halassy (Haltmayer)
Gender: Male
Born: July 31, 1909 in Újpest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: September 10, 1946 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Title: Vitéz
Affiliations: Újpesti TE, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Water Polo

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Olivér Halassy won Olympic silver in 1928 under his birthname of Haltmayer, winning gold in 1932 and 1936 as Halassy. In addition, he was a three-time European Champion in water polo (1931, 1934, 1938). As the age of eight years he had his left lower leg amputated after a traffic accident with a tram, so he was one of the first physically disabled athletes at the Olympic Summer Games. Nevertheless, he was 1931 European Champion in the 1500 metre freestyle and won a total of 25 individual Hungarian national titles in swimming between 1926 and 1938 over 400, 800, and 1500 metre freestyle, in the 4×200 freestyle relay and open-water swimming, adding nine with the team in open-water swimming. With his club he also won 10 consecutive Hungarian Championships in water polo (1930-39). Halassy was capped 91 times for Hungary. As a swimmer he set 12 national records, and in 1978 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

After his swimming career Halassy went on to become an auditor in City Hall. In September 1946, at the age of just 37, after a taxi ride home in Budapest, he was murdered by a Russian soldier during a night mugging.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Water Polo Men's Water Polo Hungary HUN 2 Silver
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Water Polo Men's Water Polo Hungary HUN 1 Gold
1936 Summer 27 Berlin 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
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match 1/2 2 1928-08-10 GER 5, HUN 2 0
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Water Polo Hungary HUN Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1928-08-07 HUN 5, FRA 3 1
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Water Polo Hungary HUN Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1928-08-06 HUN 5, USA 0 0
1928 Summer 18 Amsterdam Water Polo Hungary HUN Round One Match #1 1 1928-08-04 HUN 14, ARG 0 1
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Water Polo Hungary HUN Round-Robin Match #3 1 1932-08-06 HUN 6, GER 2 0
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Water Polo Hungary HUN Round-Robin Match #5 1 1932-08-08 HUN 18, JPN 0 7
1932 Summer 22 Los Angeles Water Polo Hungary HUN Round-Robin Match #7 1 1932-08-11 HUN 7, USA 0 4
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #2 1T 1936-08-14 HUN 2, GER 2 0
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #4 1 1936-08-15 HUN 5, FRA 0 0
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group A Match #2 1 1936-08-11 HUN 3, BEL 0 0
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group A Match #4 1 1936-08-12 HUN 8, NED 0 1
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #2 1 1936-08-08 HUN 4, YUG 1 0
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #3 1 1936-08-09 HUN 12, MLT 0 4
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #6 1 1936-08-10 HUN 10, GBR 1 1
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