Olympics, football EUROs and several individual successes

Twenty Olympic medals, sixteen Paralympic medals and a successful football EURO marked the Hungarian team’s path in the world’s most prestigious sporting events of 2021. Success in cycling, tennis and skating added to the glories achieved in the second year affected by the coronavirus. So let’s see a quick overview.

EURO 2020: two heroic raffles

Although Hungary was drawn into the EURO 2020 death squad, the national team were far from dishonoring themselves. Although the game against Portugal ended in a back-to-back defeat (0-3), Cristiano Ronaldo’s side only managed to score the first goal in the 84th minute. In the following matches, neither France (1-1) holding the World Cup title nor Germany (2-2) managed to defeat the “Nemzeti 11”. In fact, Hungary only missed a few minutes of qualifying for the next round: the Germans only managed to equalize in the 86th minute. It was the second time in a row that the team had qualified for the European Championships, after a difficult break of 44 years.

The dreams of qualifying for the World Cup, however, were dashed long before the end of the match in Group I. Even if a draw in England (1-1) and a victory in Poland (2-1) have somewhat cheered up at the end, the fact remains that Hungary once again failed to break the curse, the 1986 World Cup being the last event of the highest international football tournament held with the participation of Hungary.

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Olympic Games: More medals since Atlanta, 1996

Understandably, the (postponed) Olympics were the biggest sporting events in 2021. In terms of gold medals (six) and medal table standings (15th), the Tokyo Games weren’t particularly notable. When it comes to the number of medals, on the other hand, these are Hungary’s most successful Olympics in the past 25 years. The new Hungarian Olympic champions are:

Kristof Milák easily won the 200-meter butterfly, even breaking the Olympic record for the most successful swimmer to ever live, Michael Phelps.

ron Szilágyi made history after once again winning saber fencing, his third consecutive gold medal.

Tamas Lőrincz managed to crown his glorious wrestling career by winning the Greco-Roman event in the 77 kg category.

Balint kopasz confidently won the men’s 1000 singles kayak. In addition, he was followed by another Hungarian, Ádám Varga.

Sandor Totka became the “fastest kayaker in the world” after winning the men’s 200m kayak singles.

Dóra Bodonyi, Tamara Csipes, Anna Kárász, and Danuta Kozak completed the excellent performance of the kayak-canoe team by placing first in the 500-meter kayak.

The other Hungarian medalists were:


  • Kristóf Milák (100 meters butterfly)
  • Gergely Siklósi (Fencing sword)
  • Viktor Lőrincz (Greco-Roman wrestling 87kg)
  • Ádám Varga (single man kayak 1000 meters)
  • Zsombor Berecz (Finnish veil)
  • Kristóf Rasovszky (10 km swimming marathon)
  • Tamara Csipes (single woman kayak 500 meters)


  • Men’s fencing team
  • Krisztián Tóth (Judo 90kg)
  • Sarolta Kovács (Modern Individual Pentathlon)
  • Gábor Harspataki (karate 75kg)
  • Danuta Kozák and Dóra Bodonyi (women’s double kayak 500 meters)
  • Women’s water polo team
  • Men’s water polo team

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Paralympic Games: seven gold, five silver and four bronze

After the Olympic Games came the Paralympic Games with several other results of which we can be proud: the Tokyo Paralympic Games turned out to be the second most successful competition in the history of the Hungarian team: seven gold medals , five silver and four bronze finally placed the team in 18th place. on the general medal table.

Amarilla Veres won the first of Hungary’s brightest medals in wheelchair fencing (épée, category A). And came Peter Palos, who managed to make his way to the throne in the S11 table tennis category after London

And barely 26 minutes after Palos, Fanni Illés managed to cross the finish line first in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB4.

As expected, Luca Ekler, who won the long jump, and just a day after his second silver medal, Zsofia Konkoly managed to win a gold medal in swimming in the 100m butterfly S9. Likewise, just a day after his silver place, Bianka Pap also won the S10 100m backstroke.

And the last of the gold medalists was a para-canoe runner, Péter Pál Kiss, who crossed the finish line first in the men’s KL1.

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Other achievements of the year

In perhaps one of the most surprising sporting achievements of 2021, the cyclist Attila valter wore the pink jersey (for first place overall) at the Giro d’Italia for three consecutive days, and finally clinched 14th place in the race, an unprecedented result for the Hungarian riders.

It should be noted at this point that the world no. 2 multi-day cycling competitions will start in Hungary in 2022.

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Tennis player, Marton Fucsovics, has also managed to take a step forward in his career. After reaching the final of the prestigious Rotterdam Open (which he ultimately lost to Andrey Rublev), for the first time in his career, he reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

Hungarian football’s number one hope and talent, Dominik Szoboszlai, is unstoppable despite his injury which even made him miss the EURO. So far he has scored xx in the German Bundesliga and was twice elected rookie of the month.

In addition, a German footballer of Hungarian origin, Dzsenifer Marozsan, emerged as the best European player of the decade, according to IFFHS.

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Back in March, Shaoang Liu won his first world title in speed skating in the men’s 500 meters at the 2021 World Short Track Speed ​​Skating Championships in Dordrecht, followed by his brother Shaolin Sandors victory in the men’s 1000 meters a day later, where both men finished first and second.

featured image: Attila Fiola scores against France at EURO 2020; via Tibor Illyés / MTI

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