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Béla von Las-Torres

Full name: Béla von Las-Torres
Other name(s): Béla Medina de Las Torres
Gender: Male
Born: April 20, 1890 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 12, 1915 in Herceg Novi, Herceg Novi, Montenegro
Affiliations: BEAC, Budapest (HUN) / MTK, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Béla von Las-Torres was from a noble Spanish family but they emigrated to Austria during the War of the Spanish Succession in the early 18th century. Von Las-Torres swam multiple events at both the 1908 and 1912 Olympics, winning a silver in the 4x200 freestyle relay in 1908. He won 18 Hungarian swimming titles, and in June 1912 swam 400 metres in 5:28.4 at a meet in Budapest to break the world record.

During World War I von Las-Torres served in the Austrian Air Force at the Kuk Lufttfahrtuppen Air Force Base. He earned the Sigum Laudis (Austrian Military Merit Medal) for his services during the war. During October 1915 von Las-Torres developed an attack of acute appendicitis, and never recovered, dying on 12 October 1915.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 18 London Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Hungary HUN 4 h1 r2/3
1908 Summer 18 London Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Hungary HUN 2 Silver
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Hungary HUN 5
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Hungary HUN AC r3/3 DNF
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Hungary HUN 2 h1 r1/2

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 18 London Swimming Hungary Semi-Finals Heat One 4
1908 Summer 18 London Swimming Hungary Round One Heat One 2 q 5:52.2
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Hungary Final 5 5:42.0
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Hungary Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 Q 5:34.8
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Hungary Round One Heat Four 1 Q 5:36.2

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Hungary Final AC DNF
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Hungary Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 23:09.8
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Hungary Round One Heat Two 1 Q 22:58.0

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1908 Summer 18 London Swimming Hungary HUN Final 2
1908 Summer 18 London Swimming Hungary HUN Semi-Finals Heat Three 1
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Hungary HUN Round One Heat One 2
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