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Katalin Kovács

Full name: Katalin Kovács
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: February 29, 1976 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Affiliations: Újpesti TE, Budapest (HUN) / MTK, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Canoeing

Medals: 3 Gold, 5 Silver (8 Total)

Biography

Katalin Kovács started canoeing with her sisters and first competed for [Budapesti Spartacus SC]. She won her first medals at the 1993 European Junior Championships with silver in K-2 500 as well as in K-4 500 and became a member of the national team in 1995. In 1996 she was already nominated as a reserve for the Atlanta Olympics and in 1997, after changing to Újpesti TE, won her first medals on the senior level with two silvers at the European Championships as well as one silver at the World Championships. She won her first World title with gold in the 1998 K-4 200 metres. Her first Olympic medals came in 2000 when she won two silver medals. The following years she won nine gold medals at the 2001, 2002, and 2003 World Championships and for the 2004 Olympics she paired with Natasa Janics. This partnership resulted in Kovács' first Olympic gold medal when they won the K-2 500 metres.

At the next two World Championships Kovács and Janics won three gold medals in 2005 and six gold medals in 2006, all in K-2 or K-4 events. At the 2006 European Championships they also won six golds in K-2 and K-4 events, in the 200 m, 500 m, and 1000 m. They did not compete together at the 2007 Worlds – nevertheless Kovács also won two gold and two silver – but paired again for the 2008 Olympics. In Beijing they successfully defended their K-2 500 m title and were also members of the silver medal winning K-4 500 m team. At the following two Worlds Kovács won two K-1 titles in 2009 and, with Janics, two more golds in 2009 and 2010. When Janics took a break in 2011 due to pregnancy, Kovács paired with Danuta Kozák for the Worlds and again won two gold medals. In total Kovács has collected 31 gold, six silver, and three bronze medals at the World Championships and 26 golds and 17 silvers at the European Championships.

Results

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
2008 Summer 32 Beijing Canoeing Hungary Final Round 4 1:51.139 5
2008 Summer 32 Beijing Canoeing Hungary Round One Heat One 1 QU 1:49.424 5

Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T L
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Canoeing Hungary HUN Szilvia Szabó Final Round 2000-10-01 1:58.580
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Canoeing Hungary HUN Szilvia Szabó Round One Heat Two 2000-09-27 1:42.298
2004 Summer 28 Athina Canoeing Hungary HUN Natasa Douchev-Janics Final Round 2004-08-28 1:38.101 5
2004 Summer 28 Athina Canoeing Hungary HUN Natasa Douchev-Janics Round One Heat One 2004-08-24 1:38.606 5
2008 Summer 32 Beijing Canoeing Hungary HUN Natasa Douchev-Janics Final Round 2008-08-22 1:41.308 4
2008 Summer 32 Beijing Canoeing Hungary HUN Natasa Douchev-Janics Round One Heat Two 2008-08-19 1:42.162 5
2012 Summer 36 London Canoeing Hungary HUN Natasa Douchev-Janics Final Round Final A 2012-08-08
2012 Summer 36 London Canoeing Hungary HUN Natasa Douchev-Janics Semi-Finals Heat One 2012-08-07
2012 Summer 36 London Canoeing Hungary HUN Natasa Douchev-Janics Round One Heat Three 2012-08-07

Women's Kayak Fours, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date T L
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Canoeing Hungary HUN Final Round 2000-09-30 1:34.946
2000 Summer 24 Sydney Canoeing Hungary HUN Round One Heat One 2000-09-26 1:33.312
2004 Summer 28 Athina Canoeing Hungary HUN Final Round 2004-08-27 1:34.536
2004 Summer 28 Athina Canoeing Hungary HUN Round One Heat One 2004-08-23 1:32.298
2008 Summer 32 Beijing Canoeing Hungary HUN Final Round 2008-08-22 1:32.971 4
2008 Summer 32 Beijing Canoeing Hungary HUN Round One Heat Two 2008-08-18 1:34.321 5
2012 Summer 36 London Canoeing Hungary HUN Final Round 2012-08-08
2012 Summer 36 London Canoeing Hungary HUN Round One Heat One 2012-08-06