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János Németh

Full name: János (James) Németh
Gender: Male
Born: June 12, 1906 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 5, 1988 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Affiliations: Újpesti TE, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Water Polo

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

János Németh started swimming in 1921 and two years later started playing on the club’s water polo team. He later won 10 consecutive Hungarian Championships from 1930-1939, adding his last one in 1944. He was a member of the victorious team at Los Angeles in 1932 and won his second gold medal at Berlin in 1936. He also won three European titles (1931, 1934 and 1938). He is considered the most dangerous center-forward of all-time, scoring 12 times in three games in 1932 and 20 goals in seven games in 1936. During his 10 year international career (1929-39), Hungary lost only one of 105 matches with Nemeth as center-forward. He coached the national team from 1942-43 and at the 1948 London Olympics. He later worked as a caretaker in a local hospital and then became the head of the Municipal Council. After the uprising in Hungary in 1956 Németh emigrated via the UK to Spain, where he adopted the name James, and again coached swimming, eventually becoming a Spanish citizen. In 1969 Németh was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
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
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Water Polo Hungary HUN Round-Robin Match #3 1 1932-08-06 HUN 6, GER 2 3
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Water Polo Hungary HUN Round-Robin Match #5 1 1932-08-08 HUN 18, JPN 0 9
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Water Polo Hungary HUN Round-Robin Match #7 1 1932-08-11 HUN 7, USA 0 0
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 3
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group A Match #2 1 1936-08-11 HUN 3, BEL 0 2
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group A Match #4 1 1936-08-12 HUN 8, NED 0 6
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #2 1 1936-08-08 HUN 4, YUG 1 1
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #3 1 1936-08-09 HUN 12, MLT 0 4
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #6 1 1936-08-10 HUN 10, GBR 1 4
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