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András Szente

Full name: András Szente
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (179 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: December 10, 1939 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: September 14, 2012 in [unknown], Florida, United States
Affiliations: Ferencvárosi TC, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Canoeing

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

András Szente swam competitively in his youth and took up canoeing in 1955. During his career, which lasted until 1967, Szente won two Olympic silvers in 1960 (K2-1,000, K1-4x500), two World Championships silvers (1958 K4-1,000, 1966 K1-4x500), was twice European champion in 1959 (K2-500, K2-1,000), adding one silver and four bronzes at the European Championships. Szente was also a 22-time Hungarian champion – K1-500 (1962-64), K2-500 (1959-66), K1-4x500 (1959, 1964-67), K2-1,000 (1959-60, 1963, 1965), and K4-1,000 in 1964.

Szente defected to the West from Communist Hungary in 1969 and, after staying two years in West-Germany, he was allowed to emigrate to the United States in 1971. In America, Szente eventually settled in Los Angeles, where he worked as a canoeing coach, coaching the 1976 US Olympic canoeing team.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 20 Roma Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres Hungary HUN 2 Silver
1960 Summer 20 Roma Canoeing Men's Kayak Relay 4 × 500 metres Hungary HUN 2 Silver
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Canoeing Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres Hungary HUN 4

Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date
1960 Summer 20 Roma Canoeing Hungary HUN György Mészáros Final Round 1960-08-29
1960 Summer 20 Roma Canoeing Hungary HUN György Mészáros Semi-Finals Heat One 1960-08-27
1960 Summer 20 Roma Canoeing Hungary HUN György Mészáros Round One Heat Two 1960-08-26

Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Canoeing Hungary HUN Final Round 1964-10-22
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Canoeing Hungary HUN Semi-Finals Heat Two 1964-10-21
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Canoeing Hungary HUN Round One Heat One 1964-10-20

Men's Kayak Relay 4 × 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date T
1960 Summer 20 Roma Canoeing Hungary HUN Final Round 1960-08-29 2:02.23
1960 Summer 20 Roma Canoeing Hungary HUN Semi-Finals Heat Three 1960-08-27 1:56.25
1960 Summer 20 Roma Canoeing Hungary HUN Round One Heat Three 1960-08-26 2:05.67
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