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Famous Athletes from Hungary

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List of famous athletes from Hungary, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Hungary has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Hungarian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Hungary and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Hungary then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Examples of athletes on this list include Gyula Strausz and János Vas.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Hungarian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Hungary?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Hungary in order to get more information about each one.
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Dániel Gyurta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Dániel Gyurta (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈdaːniɛl ˈɟurtɒ]; born 4 May 1989) is a Hungarian former competitive swimmer who mainly competed in the 200-metre breaststroke.
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Zsuzsanna Jakabos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Pécs, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Zsuzsanna "Zsu" Jakabos (born 3 April 1989) is a Hungarian swimmer. She competed at the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics in seven events in total, with the best achievement of sixth ...more

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Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Kispest, Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: Spain, Hungary, Kingdom of Hungary

Position: Forward, Inside forward

Ferenc Puskás (UK: FERR-ench PUUS(H)-kəss, -⁠enk -⁠, -⁠ PUUSH-kash, Hungarian: [ˈfɛrɛnt͡s ˈpuʃkaːʃ]; né Purczeld; 2 April 1927 – 17 November 2006) was a Hungarian footballer and ...more

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Kálmán Kon... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Bačka Palanka, Serbia

Nationality: Austria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria-Hungary

Position: Forward

Kálmán Konrád (23 May 1896 in Bácspalánka – 10 May 1980 in Stockholm, Sweden), an inside right, was one of the best football players in the Kingdom of Hungary ...more
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Krisztina Egerszegi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Krisztina Egerszegi (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkristinɒ ˈɛɡɛrsɛɡi]; born 16 August 1974) is a Hungarian former world record holding swimmer and one of the greatest Hungarian Olympic champions ...more
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Ágnes Száv... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Kiskunhalas, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Ágnes Szávay (Hungarian: Szávay Ágnes, pronounced [ˈsaːvɒi ˈaːɡnɛʃ]; born 29 December 1988) is a former professional tennis player from Hungary. The 2007 WTA Newcomer ...more
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András Haklits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Szombathely, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary, Croatia

András Haklits (born 23 September 1977) is a Croatian hammer thrower. He represented Hungary until July 1998.He finished tenth at the 2006 European Athletics Championships and eighth at ...more
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Yozhef Sabo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary
FC Dynamo Kyiv

Birthplace: Uzhhorod, Ukraine

Nationality: Ukraine, Hungary, Kingdom of Hungary, Soviet Union

Position: Midfielder

Yozhef Yozhefovich Sabo (Ukrainian: Йожеф Йожефович Сабо; Hungarian: Szabó József; born 29 February 1940) is a former Soviet football player, Soviet and Ukrainian football manager. ...more
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Ágnes Ková... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Ágnes Kovács (born 13 July 1981) is a Hungarian swimmer who competed at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics. In 2000, she won the 200 m breaststroke and set the Hungary records in the ...more
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Júlia Sebesty&eac... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Miskolc, Austria-Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Júlia Sebestyén (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈjuːliɒ ˈʃɛbɛʃceːn]; born 14 May 1981) is a Hungarian former competitive figure skater. She is the 2004 European Champion and 2002–2010 ...more
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István Avar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary
Újpest FC

Birthplace: Arad, Vest, Romania

Nationality: Austria, Hungary, Romania

Position: Forward

István Avar (German: Stefan Auer, Romanian: Ștefan Auer) (28 May 1905 – 13 October 1977) was a footballer and manager of German descent who at various times competed for both Hungary and ...more

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Ilona Elek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Ilona Elek, known also as Ilona Elek-Schacherer (née "Schacherer"; May 17, 1907 – July 24, 1988) was a Hungarian Olympic fencer. Elek won more international fencing titles than
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Katalin Marosi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Gheorgheni, Centru, Romania

Nationality: Hungary

Katalin Marosi (born 12 November 1979 in Gheorgheni) is a professional Hungarian female tennis player. Marosi has won 15 singles and 31 doubles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. On 8 May ...more
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Gréta Arn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Gréta Arn (born 13 April 1979) is a Hungarian tennis player of Danube Swabian German descent. She won two WTA titles, the 2007 Estoril Open in Portugal, and the 2011 ASB Classic in ...more
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László Cse... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Halásztelek, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

László Cseh (pronounced [ˈlaːsloː ˈt͡ʃɛ]; born 3 December 1985) is a Hungarian competitive swimmer and six-time Olympic medalist. He is a 33-time European Champion. His father, ...more
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Melinda Czink is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Melinda Czink (born 22 October 1982) is a former professional tennis player from Hungary. On 21 September 2009, Czink reached her career-high singles ranking of world no. 37. Czink reached two ...more
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Iuliu Bodola is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Brașov, Centru, Romania

Nationality: Hungary, Romania, Austria-Hungary

Position: Forward

Iuliu Bodola (also known as Gyula Bodola; 26 February 1912 – 12 March 1992) was a Romanian association football striker who played internationally for Romania and Hungary. His nickname was

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Ágnes Keleti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Ágnes Keleti (born Ágnes Klein, 9 January 1921) is a Hungarian-Israeli retired Olympic and world champion artistic gymnast and coach. While representing Hungary in the Summer ...more
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Natasa Dusev-Janics is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Bačka Palanka, Serbia

Nationality: Hungary

Natasa Dusev-Janics (Serbian Latin: Nataša Dušev-Janić, Serbian Cyrillic: Наташа Душев-Јанић, Hungarian: Dusev-Janics Natasa; born 24 June 1982) is a Yugoslavian-born Hungarian sprint canoer who ...more
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Iuliu Barátky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Oradea, Nord-Vest, Romania

Nationality: Hungary, Austria-Hungary, Romania

Position: Forward

Gyula Barátky (Romanian: Iuliu Baratky; 14 May 1910 – 14 April 1962) was a football player who represented both Hungary and Romania. His preferred position was the half right. He played a ...more

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Petra Mandula is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Petra Mandula (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈpɛtrɒ ˈmɒndulɒ]; born 17 January 1978) is a Hungarian former professional tennis player, who represented her native country at the 2000 Summer Olympics ...more
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Éva Novák-... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Éva Novák-Gerard (8 January 1930 – 30 June 2005) was a swimmer from Hungary, and the younger sister of Ilona Novák, who was also a famous swimmer for her native country. She ...more
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Henrietta Ónodi ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Békéscsaba, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Henrietta Ónodi (born May 22, 1974) is a Hungarian artistic gymnast. She competed at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and won a gold and a silver medal in 1992. After retiring from gymnastics ...more
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Jenő Konrád is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Bačka Palanka, Serbia

Nationality: Serbia, Hungary, Austria-Hungary

Position: Defender

Jenő Konrád (13 August 1894 – 15 July 1978) also referred to as Eugen Conrad or Eugène Conrad or Eugenio Konrad was a Hungarian footballer and manager. In the 1910s he played on ...more
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Katinka Hosszú is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Hungary

Birthplace: Pécs, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary

Katinka Hosszú (Hungarian: [ˈkɒtiŋkɒ ˈhossuː]; born 3 May 1989) is a Hungarian competitive swimmer specialized in individual medley events. She is a three-time Olympic champion and a ...more

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