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Lajos Gönczy

Full name: Lajos Gönczy (Grőn-)
Nickname(s): Spicceres
Gender: Male
Born: February 24, 1881 in Szeged, Csongrád, Hungary
Died: December 4, 1915 in Doberdò del Lago, Gorizia, Italy
Affiliations: BEAC, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Lajos Gönczy graduated from secondary school in 1899 and then studied law at Pázmány Péter University. While in Budapest he joined the Budapesti Egyetemi Atlétikai Club (BEAC). Gönczy competed at three Olympics as a high jumper. He was Hungarian Champion in the high jump in 1904 and 1905, and in 1904 broke the Hungarian record with an effort of 1.82 m. Gönczy retired from athletics in 1910 and returned to his hometown of Szeged where he became a magistrate.

At the beginning of World War I Gönczy was mobilized with the 46th Honved Infantry Brigade, and was sent to the Italian front. He was killed during the Battle of Galicia and buried in the 17th division cemetery in the Vallone Valley. In the 1930s the graveyard was removed to make way for a housing development and nothing is known of what became of the buried remains, including Gönczy’s.

Personal Best: HJ – 1.82 (1902).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 19 Paris Athletics Men's High Jump Hungary HUN 3 Bronze
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Athletics Men's High Jump Hungary HUN 4
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Athletics Men's Standing High Jump Hungary HUN 5
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Men's High Jump Hungary HUN 2 Silver
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Men's Standing High Jump Hungary HUN 5

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H H(M) H(I)
1900 Summer 19 Paris Athletics Hungary Final Standings 3 1.75
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Athletics Hungary Final Standings 4 1.75 5-9
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Hungary Final Standings 2 1.750

Men's Standing High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H(M) H(I) H
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Athletics Hungary Final Standings 5 1.35 4-5
1906 Summer 25 Athina Athletics Hungary Final Standings 5 1.350
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