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Kornél Pajor

Full name: Kornél Pajor
Gender: Male
Born: July 1, 1923 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 12, 2016 in Täby, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: BKE, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Kornél 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 – 44.3 (1952); 1500 – 2:16.5 (1952); 5000 – 8:13.5 (1949); 10000 – 16:58.7 (1949).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
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

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Winter 24 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Hungary Final Standings 21T 45.7

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1948 Winter 24 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Hungary Final Standings 14 2:22.2 30 1:05 1:43

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
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

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
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
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