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Ferenc Mező

Full name: Ferenc Mező (Grünfeld-)
Gender: Male
Born: March 13, 1885 in Pölöskefő, Zala, Hungary
Died: November 21, 1961 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Art Competitions

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Ferenc Mező was a classics graduate from the University of Budapest. He became a teacher and director of a senior school in Budapest. Beginning in 1908 he published a series of books, notably on Greek history and Hungarian sport. In 1928 Mező won a gold medal for literature in the Arts Competition for his work History of the Olympic Games. Beginning in 1932 he served as Secretary-General of the Hungarian Olympic Society, an organization of Olympic medal winners. After the war, he was the President of the Hungarian Scientific Sports and Physical Culture Association (1945-46), Head Supervisor of sports at the Ministry of Religion and Education (1945-48), and also worked as an Assistant Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Culture (1945-1953). In 1956 he published the important work The Modern Olympic Games which attempted to make some sense of the names of the Olympics medalists in the early years of the Movement. He owned an important collection of books as well as an Olympic Museum. Mező was co-opted onto the IOC in January 1948 and served until his death in November 1961. Even his personal life was closely attached to the Olympic Movement, noting that one of his daughters was named “Olympia.”


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 43 Amsterdam Art Competitions Mixed Literature, Epic Works Hungary HUN 1 Gold

Mixed Literature, Epic Works

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1928 Summer 43 Amsterdam Art Competitions Hungary Final Standings 1 History of the Olympic Games (Fragments)
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