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György Kolonics

Full name: György Kolonics
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: June 24, 1972 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: July 15, 2008 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Affiliations: Csepeli KKE, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Canoeing

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

György Kolonics is considered the greatest canoeist produced by Hungary, and one of the greatest ever for any nation. He competed in four Olympics (1992-2004), winning two gold and two bronze medals, and was preparing to compete in 2008 when he tragically died while training. Kolonics began his career with the Budapesti Spartacus club but soon moved to Csepel Sportsclub, which he represented for most of his career. He first represented Hungary at the 1991 World Championships, helping them win a gold medal in C-4 1,000 metres. He eventually would win a record (for men) of 15 World Championship gold medals. His greatest achievements were in C-2, teamed with Csaba Horváth. Together they won six World Championships, before Horváth retired in 1998. Kolonics then began to focus on Canadian singles. His World Championship titles were as follows: C-2: 1993 500, 1995 200/500/1,000, 1997 500, 1998 500, 2006 1,000, 2007 500; C-4: 1991 1,000, 1993 1,000, 1994 1,000, 1995 200/500, 1997 500, 1998 500. He won a total of 29 medals at the World Championships. Kolonics was training in Budapest on 15 July 2008 when he collapsed and died from heart failure. It was rumored that he was to be chosen to carry the Hungarian flag at the Beijing Opening Ceremony.

Results

Men's Canadian Singles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Canoeing Hungary Final Round 1 2:24.813
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Canoeing Hungary Round One Heat One 2 QU 1:51.492

Men's Canadian Doubles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T L
1992 Summer 20 Barcelona Canoeing Hungary HUN Attila Pálizs Final Round 1992-08-07 1:43.27
1992 Summer 20 Barcelona Canoeing Hungary HUN Attila Pálizs Round One Heat Two 1992-08-03 1:41.71
1996 Summer 24 Atlanta Canoeing Hungary HUN Csaba Horváth Final Round 1996-08-04 1:40.420
1996 Summer 24 Atlanta Canoeing Hungary HUN Csaba Horváth Semi-Finals Heat Two 1996-08-02 1:42.186
1996 Summer 24 Atlanta Canoeing Hungary HUN Csaba Horváth Round One Heat One 1996-07-31 1:43.907
2004 Summer 32 Athina Canoeing Hungary HUN György Kozmann Final Round 2004-08-28 1:41.138 1
2004 Summer 32 Athina Canoeing Hungary HUN György Kozmann Semi-Finals 2004-08-26 1:41.472 5
2004 Summer 32 Athina Canoeing Hungary HUN György Kozmann Round One Heat One 2004-08-24 1:41.324 4

Men's Canadian Doubles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T L
1992 Summer 20 Barcelona Canoeing Hungary HUN Attila Pálizs Final Round 1992-08-08 3:42.86
1992 Summer 20 Barcelona Canoeing Hungary HUN Attila Pálizs Semi-Finals Heat One 1992-08-06 3:43.96
1992 Summer 20 Barcelona Canoeing Hungary HUN Attila Pálizs Round One Heat Two 1992-08-04 3:37.55
1996 Summer 24 Atlanta Canoeing Hungary HUN Csaba Horváth Final Round 1996-08-03 3:32.514
1996 Summer 24 Atlanta Canoeing Hungary HUN Csaba Horváth Round One Heat One 1996-07-30 4:08.709
2004 Summer 32 Athina Canoeing Hungary HUN György Kozmann Final Round 2004-08-27 3:43.106 2
2004 Summer 32 Athina Canoeing Hungary HUN György Kozmann Round One Heat Two 2004-08-23 3:31.775 4