Enter The Mighty Magyars: Egerszegi & Darnyi

Hungarian greats - junior to senior waters

On this day 25 years ago, Hungary celebrated the ascent of two of the all-time greats of swimming: on the last day of action at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games Tamas Darnyi and 14-year-old Krisztina Egerszegi claimed gold

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On this day 25 years ago, Hungary celebrated the ascent of two of the all-time greats of swimming: on the last day of action at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games Tamas Darnyi and 14-year-old Krisztina Egerszegi claimed gold

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aswimfan

Egerszegi is Legen -wait for it- dary! Legendary!

And she still didn’t wear cap when swimming her legendary 2:06.62 WR!

McGillrocks

right you are aswimfan

Egerszegi’s obvious accomplishments (3-peat, 3 individual golds in ’92, 4 european champs in ’93, 20 year WR) make her a legend, but if you look a little deeper i think it’s even more impressive

she lost the 100 back in ’88 to an east german and could have won the 100 back in ’96. that would have been a double 3-peat (the first) and her tally would have been 7, seven, individual olympic gold medals, by far more than any other woman. she also was only 22 in ’96. she could definitely have gone on and won a FOUR-peat in Sydney had she wanted to. no one was close to her times on sydney, so i’m sure it would have been very possible

as for darnyi, does anyone know why he didn’t compete in the 1991 european champs? he could have won another pair of titles there

Rogerio Karfunkelstein

Hi, i agree with all story but you didnt mentioned that another hungarian swimmer won gold in Seoul 88.
It was Jozsef Zsabo in the 200 breast, one of the most traditional Hungarian events.
In a short history Zsabo won the event in which the 4th place was Mike barrowman the man that dominate the event from 89 to 92 breaking 6 times the world record. Barrowman was coached by Jozsef Nagy (hungarian Coach) the best breastroke coach of the history, the man who develop the wave breastroke.
Jozsef Zsabo, Jozsef Nagy and Mike barrowman worked together before Seoul in training Camps while Nagy was in USA and a few times in Budapest too.
Since 88 Hungary won this event 2 more times in 96 with Norbert Rozsa and in 2012 with Daniel Gyurta.
Since 88 another successfull swimmers in this event (200 breast) has hungarian citizen or hungarian conections like: Karoly Gutler, Sergio Lopez (coached by Nagy), Roque Santos (coached by Nagy), Anamay Pierse (coached by Nagy), Marta McCabe (coached by Nagy), Mike Barrowan (olympic champs 92 and Coached by Nagy), Kristina Kovacs (coached by Nagy)

aswimfan

mcGillRocks,

I totally agree with what you are saying on Egerszegi!

Craig Lord

Hi Rogerio. Jozsef’s race was written about in this file:
http://www.swimvortex.com/40580/
and you can see all articles from the anniversary special here:
http://www.swimvortex.com/specials/seoul-25-years-on/
Thanks for reminding us of the Hungarian network of breaststroke success

Rogerio Karfunkelstein

Thanks Craig for the response also thanks for givin us this brilliant presentation about Seoul. All of us who really loves swimming will be excited reading all those histories.
About hungarian breastroke sucess I was pleased training under Joszef nagy guidence and I cant tell you that he is the best of the world. If someone made something to improve the stroke was him.
Hes very kind person and very dedicated. He knows everything about breastroke. He taught me all about barrowman’s way and i trully believe that he deserves all he got

Lane Four

If you really want to know about Kristina, there is a large library about her on Youtube. I watched a documentary and was enthralled although the only language spoken was Hungarian. It didn’t matter as it was great to watch the swim videos and behind-the-scenes images we have never seen.

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