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József Csermák

Full name: József Csermák
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 196 lbs (89 kg)
Born: February 14, 1932 in Senec, Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: January 12, 2001 in Tapolca, Veszprém, Hungary
Affiliations: Tapolaci Lokomotív/Tapolaci Törekvés/MÁV TI Atlétikai Club
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

József Csermák was one of the great Hungarian hammer throwers after World War II. He succeeded the 1948 Olympic champion and compatriot [Imre Németh] by setting a world record of 60.34 to win the 1952 Olympic final. At only 20-years-old, his win was a surprise, as Németh placed third. The first man to throw over 60 metres, Csermák never won another international title, placing third at the 1954 European Championships, fifth at the 1956 Olympics (after carrying the Hungarian flag at the Opening Ceremony) and eighth at the 1958 European Championships. Csermák also competed at the 1960 Olympics, but did not make it out of qualifying. He also won four Hungarian hammer throw titles (1953-54, 1956-57).

After finishing his sporting career, Csermák worked as an athletics coach, serving as the throwing coach of the Hungarian national team from 1967-70. His most successful pupil was the 1968 Olympic champion [Gyula Zsivótzky]. Csermák became a member of the Hungarian Olympic Committee in 1989.

Personal Best: HT – 64.23 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Hungary HUN 1 Gold WR
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Hungary HUN 5
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Hungary HUN 18 QR

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round 1 WR 60.34
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round Round One 1 OR 58.45
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Two 1 57.28 58.45
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Three 1 WR 60.34 60.34
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Four 1 49.68 60.34
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Five 1 foul 60.34
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Six NP foul
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round 1 QU/OR 57.20
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group A 1 57.20
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group A Round 1 1 57.20
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group A Round 2 1 57.20 pass
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group A Round 3 DNS pass
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Hungary Final Round 5 60.70
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Hungary Final Round Round One 5 58.27
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Two 8 58.43 58.43
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Three 5 60.70 60.70
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Four 5 foul 60.70
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Five 5 59.10 60.70
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Six NP foul
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round 6 QU 57.95
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Round One 5 57.95
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Round Two 6 pass 57.95
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round 18 59.72
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Round One NP foul
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Round Two NP foul NM
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Round Three NP 59.72
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