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Katalin Szőke

Full name: Katalin Szőke (Homonnai-, -Markovits, -Domjan)
Other name(s): Katherine Domyan
Gender: Female
Born: August 17, 1935 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Affiliations: Ferencvárosi TC, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Niece of Lajos Homonnai; Daughter of Márton Homonnai; Wife (divorced) of Kálmán Markovits.

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Katalin Szöke was the daughter of Márton Homonnai, who was wanted at the end of World War II for war crimes, but then fled to Argentina. Katalin Szöke reverted to her mother’s maiden name so she could be accepted on the Hungarian swim team, in order to compete at the Olympic Games in 1952 and 1956. In 1956 she emigrated to the USA as did many Hungarian athletes affected by the Soviet Union’s crushing of the Hungarian October Revolution. She married the water polo player Kálmán Markovits, but later divorced him, and then married his teammate, Arpad Domjan, who had been an alternate in 1956. They settled in the Los Angeles area of California. She worked at a bank but also did some modelling, while Domjan worked as a draftsman for an architect and later became a very successful businessman, developing office buildings and many apartment complexes. They anglicized their name to Domyan, had a son, Bryan, who played basketball at Southern Cal, and became devoted fans of the Los Angeles Opera. Katalin Szöke was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1985. As a swimmer, she won two European Championships in 1954 and set four world records.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 16 Helsinki Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle Hungary HUN 1 Gold
1952 Summer 16 Helsinki Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Hungary HUN 1 Gold WR
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle Hungary HUN 2 h2 r1/3
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Hungary HUN 7

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 16 Helsinki Swimming Hungary Final 1 1:06.8
1952 Summer 16 Helsinki Swimming Hungary Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 1:07.2
1952 Summer 16 Helsinki Swimming Hungary Round One Heat Three 1 QU 1:07.1
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming Hungary Round One Heat Two 2 1:08.0

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1952 Summer 16 Helsinki Swimming Hungary HUN Final 1 WR 4:24.4 1:05.7 4:24.4
1952 Summer 16 Helsinki Swimming Hungary HUN Round One Heat One 1 QU 4:32.5 1:08.7 4:32.5
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming Hungary HUN Final 7 4:31.1 1:06.7 2:16.6
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming Hungary HUN Round One Heat Two 2 QU 4:28.1 1:07.0 3:21.2
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