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Márton Homonnai

Full name: Márton Homonnai (Hlavacsek-)
Gender: Male
Born: February 5, 1906 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 15, 1969 in Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Affiliations: III. kerületi TVE, Budapest (HUN) / MTK, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Water Polo

Related Olympians: Brother of Lajos Homonnai; Father of Katalin Szőke; Father-in-law of Kálmán Markovits.

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Márton Homonnai was capped 115 times for the Hungarian water polo team, took part in four Olympics, and was a four-time European Champion (1926, 1927, 1931 and 1934), but only won two Hungarian titles (1923-24). He was the brother of Lájos Homonnai, who also played water polo for Hungary at the Olympics. Márton Homonnai retired from the national team in 1936 but continued to play at the club level until 1939. After his competitive career ended, he was a coach, referee and sports administrator. From 1936-40 he also edited sports magazines, before serving on the Eastern front.

Homonnai was a radical right-wing policeman in World War II, and a member of the Arrow Cross Party, which was a supporter of Hitler and the Nazis. Therefore he was pursued after the war and later sentenced to death in absentia for war crimes, but he escaped prosecution by flying via Germany to Brazil and later Argentina, where he died in 1969. In 1971 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. As she would not have been accepted on the Hungarian swim team, his daughter Katalin Szöke reverted to her mother’s maiden name so that she could take part in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 18 Paris Water Polo Men's Water Polo Hungary HUN 5
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Water Polo Men's Water Polo Hungary HUN 2 Silver
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Water Polo Men's Water Polo Hungary HUN 1 Gold
1936 Summer 30 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
1924 Summer 18 Paris Water Polo Hungary HUN Quarter-Finals Match #3 2 1924-07-15 BEL 7, HUN 2 0
1924 Summer 18 Paris Water Polo Hungary HUN Third-Place Tournament Match #1 1 1924-07-18 HUN 7, TCH 0 0
1924 Summer 18 Paris Water Polo Hungary HUN Third-Place Tournament Match #2 2 1924-07-19 SWE 4, HUN 1 0
1924 Summer 18 Paris Water Polo Hungary HUN Round One Match #2 1 1924-07-13 HUN 7, GBR 6 2
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match 1/2 2 1928-08-10 GER 5, HUN 2 0
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Water Polo Hungary HUN Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1928-08-07 HUN 5, FRA 3 0
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Water Polo Hungary HUN Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1928-08-06 HUN 5, USA 0 0
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Water Polo Hungary HUN Round One Match #1 1 1928-08-04 HUN 14, ARG 0 2
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Water Polo Hungary HUN Round-Robin Match #3 1 1932-08-06 HUN 6, GER 2 0
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Water Polo Hungary HUN Round-Robin Match #7 1 1932-08-11 HUN 7, USA 0 3
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #2 1T 1936-08-14 HUN 2, GER 2 0
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match #4 1 1936-08-15 HUN 5, FRA 0 0
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group A Match #2 1 1936-08-11 HUN 3, BEL 0 0
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group A Match #4 1 1936-08-12 HUN 8, NED 0 0
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #2 1 1936-08-08 HUN 4, YUG 1 0
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #3 1 1936-08-09 HUN 12, MLT 0 0
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #6 1 1936-08-10 HUN 10, GBR 1 0
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