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Imre Németh

Full name: Imre Németh
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: September 23, 1917 in Košice, Košice, Slovakia
Died: August 18, 1989 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Affiliations: Vasas, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Father of Miklós Németh.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Imre Németh was the first of many great Hungarian hammer throwers who dominated the discipline after the World War II. Németh first competed internationally at the 1946 European Championships, where he finished fourth. Just two weeks before the London Olympics in 1948, he threw 59.02 for the first of three world records, and thus established himself as gold medal favorite at the London Olympics. He did not disappoint, recording the three longest throws of the competition and winning gold. Németh set his second world record of 59.57 in September 1949 and his third (59.88) in May 1950, but missed the 1950 European Championships, because Hungary did not send any athletes to the competition. As a world record owner, Németh was favored at the 1952 Olympics, but was upset by young compatriot [József Csermák] in the final and had to settle for a bronze medal. Németh’s final appearance at international level was finishing sixth at the 1954 European Championships. He was a 12-time Hungarian hammer throw champion (1942-52, 1955).

From 1949-53, Németh was a member of the Hungarian parliament and from 1953 until his retirement in 1980, he was the director of People’s Stadium (now named Ferenc Puskás Stadium), a multi-purpose stadium in Budapest. From 1964-73 Németh was also the president of the Hungarian Athletics Federation and from 1958-63 he was a member of Hungarian National Council of Physical Education. His son [Miklós Németh] became a javelin thrower, who won Olympic gold in 1976.

Personal Best: HT – 60.31 (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Hungary HUN 1 Gold
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Hungary HUN 3 Bronze

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Hungary Final Round 1 56.07
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Hungary Final Round Round One NP 53.59
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Two NP 55.44
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Three NP 54.94
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Four NP 50.05
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Five NP foul
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Six NP 56.07
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round 1 QU 54.02
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B 1 54.02
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B Round One 1 54.02
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 1 pass
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP pass
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round 3 57.74
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round Round One 5 54.92
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Two 7 55.05 55.05
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Three 3 56.82 56.82
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Four 3 54.95 56.82
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Five 3 57.74 57.74
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Six NP 56.30
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round 10 QU 53.59
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B 6 53.59
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B Round 1 5 53.59
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B Round 2 6 53.59 pass
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B Round 3 DNS pass
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