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József Vértesy

Full name: József Vértesy (Vrábel-)
Gender: Male
Born: February 19, 1901 in Sombor, Zapadna Bačka, Serbia
Died: December 21, 1983 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Affiliations: Ferencvárosi Torna Club/Magyar Atlétikai Klub
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Water Polo

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

When József Vértesy was only 3-years-old when his family moved to Budapest, where his father was a barber. József started swimming as rehab to overcome renal pelvic inflammation. He excelled in swimming as a member of the 4×200 relay team and the open-water swimming team that won Hungarian titles in 1921 and 1923, respectively. In 1921 Vértesy won his first of seven Hungarian titles in water polo, winning again in 1922, 1925-27, 1929, and 1940. In 1923 he had his first of 70 caps over a period of 11 years. His Olympic career started in 1924 at Paris with a fifth place (as a substitute) and Vértesy won a silver medal behind Germany at Amsterdam in 1928 under his birth name Vrábel. Four years later he finally won Olympics gold. He was also a four-time European champion (1926, 1927, 1931, 1934). After his active career he coached the Hungarian (1943-1944, 1949-50) and Romanian (1954-56) national teams.

Vértesy’s first occupation was as a librarian. Between coaching jobs he was a physical education teacher at the college in Praha from 1951-53.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 23 Paris Water Polo Men's Water Polo Hungary HUN 5
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Water Polo Men's Water Polo Hungary HUN 2 Silver
1932 Summer 31 Los Angeles 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
1924 Summer 23 Paris Water Polo Hungary HUN Quarter-Finals Match #3 2 1924-07-15 BEL 7, HUN 2 0
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Water Polo Hungary HUN Final Round Match 1/2 2 1928-08-10 GER 5, HUN 2 1
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Water Polo Hungary HUN Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1928-08-07 HUN 5, FRA 3 3
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Water Polo Hungary HUN Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1928-08-06 HUN 5, USA 0 1
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Water Polo Hungary HUN Round One Match #1 1 1928-08-04 HUN 14, ARG 0 4
1932 Summer 31 Los Angeles Water Polo Hungary HUN Round-Robin Match #3 1 1932-08-06 HUN 6, GER 2 3
1932 Summer 31 Los Angeles Water Polo Hungary HUN Round-Robin Match #5 1 1932-08-08 HUN 18, JPN 0 0
1932 Summer 31 Los Angeles Water Polo Hungary HUN Round-Robin Match #7 1 1932-08-11 HUN 7, USA 0 0
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