Full name: KornÃ©l Pajor
Born: July 1, 1923 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 12, 2016 in TÃ¤by, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: BKE, Budapest (HUN)
Sport: Speed Skating
KornÃ©l Pajor is the first (and through 2016, only) speed skater to win a world title for Hungary. He did so in 1949, winning the allround title by excelling in the long distances. That championship was also the last time Pajor represented Hungary: he defected from the then communist state, eventually settling in Sweden. Pajor did continue to skate, though, and in 1951 won a bronze in the World Championships as an independent athlete. From 1952 on, he represented his new home country, Sweden. For Sweden, he won a bronze in the 1952 Europeans, adding to the one he had won in 1949. His nationality change meant he couldn't compete in the 1952 Olympics; Pajor had earlier competed in the 1948 St. Moritz Games, with a 4th place in the weather affected 10,000 m as his best performance. In 1949, on the high altitude rink of Davos, Pajor bettered the world record in the 5,000 m, lowering it by 0,2 of a second to 8:13.5. En route to his world title, he also bettered the 10,000 m world record, but it was bettered later in the same event, and is thus not officially recognized as a world record. Pajor, a five time national allround champion in Hungary, worked as an architect in a suburb of Stockholm following his retirement from sports in 1954.
Personal Bests: 500 â 44.3 (1952); 1500 â 2:16.5 (1952); 5000 â 8:13.5 (1949); 10000 â 16:58.7 (1949).
|1948 Winter||24||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Men's 500 metres||Hungary||HUN||21T|
|1948 Winter||24||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Men's 1,500 metres||Hungary||HUN||14|
|1948 Winter||24||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Men's 5,000 metres||Hungary||HUN||10|
|1948 Winter||24||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Men's 10,000 metres||Hungary||HUN||4|
|1948 Winter||24||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Hungary||Final Standings||21T||45.7|
|1948 Winter||24||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Hungary||Final Standings||14||2:22.2||30||1:05||1:43|
|1948 Winter||24||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Hungary||Final Standings||10||8:45.2||1:00||1:39||2:18||3:02||3:45||4:28||5:09||5:51||6:35||7:19||8:03|
|1948 Winter||24||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Hungary||Final Standings||4||17:45.6||45||1:26||2:07||2:47||3:29||4:11||4:51||5:32||6:14||6:56||7:38||8:21||9:04||9:48||10:30||11:15||11:59||12:43||13:27||14:11||14:54||15:38||16:20||17:04|