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József Szabó

Full name: József Szabó
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: March 10, 1969 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Affiliations: Budapest Honvéd, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

After winning European junior titles in the 400 IM in 1984 and the 200 breaststroke, 200 fly and both IMs in 1985, Hungarian József Szabó burst onto the senior ranks by surprisingly winning gold in the 200 breast at the 1986 World Championships. A pioneer of the new rolling-style “wave-action” breaststroke technique, Szabó won gold in the 200 breast and silver in the 400 IM at the 1987 European Championships and the high point of his career came at the 1988 Olympics, where he won gold in the 200 breaststroke and was fourth in the 400 IM. He last medaled internationally at the 1989 European Championships, where he won bronze in the 200 breaststroke and he last competed internationally at the 1991 World Championships.

Szabó was a 17-time Hungarian champion: 50 breaststroke (1986), 100 breaststroke (1986), 200 breaststroke (1986-87, 1989), 4x100 free relay (1985-88), 4x200 free relay (1984-90), and medley relay (1986). After finishing his sporting career, Szabó operated his own sports shop and swimming school in Budapest. From 1993-2000, he was vice-president of the Hungarian Swimming Federation and also was a member of the Hungarian National Olympic Committee. Szabó was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in 2012.

Personal Bests: 200 m breaststroke – 2:13.52 (1988); 200 m individual medley – 2:09.08 (1988); 400 m individual medley – 4:17.52 (1991).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Hungary HUN 1 Gold
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Men's 200 metres Individual Medley Hungary HUN 23
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Men's 400 metres Individual Medley Hungary HUN 4

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 1cT 1cR 1.5cT 1.5cR 50-100m 100-150m 150-200m
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Hungary Final 1 2:13.52 30.57 4 1:04.81 3 1:38.99 2 34.24 (=2) 34.18 (1) 34.53 (1)
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Hungary Round One Heat Six 2 Q 2:14.97 31.56 3 1:06.05 3 1:40.63 2 34.49 (2) 34.58 (1) 34.34 (1)

Men's 200 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 1cT 1cR 1.5cT 1.5cR 50-100m 100-150m 150-200m
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Hungary Round One Heat Seven 7 2:09.08 27.96 7 1:01.48 7 1:38.03 7 33.52 (7) 36.55 (3) 31.05 (7)

Men's 400 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1cT 1cR 2cT 2cR 3cT 3cR 100-200m 200-300m 300-400m
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Hungary Final 4 4:18.15 59.65 5 2:07.76 8 3:19.21 3 1:08.11 (8) 1:11.45 (1) 58.94 (4)
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Hungary Round One Heat Four 2 Q 4:20.85 59.76 5 2:08.98 5 3:21.04 1 1:09.22 (6) 1:12.06 (1) 59.81 (=2)
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