Hungarian women kayakers win gold

August 21, 2016

 Photo: MTI/Tamás Kovács
Photo: MTI/Tamás Kovács

Hungarian kayakers won gold medals on Thursday and Saturday, bringing to 15 the total number of medals Team Hungary has won as of the close of the Rio games on Saturday.

On Thursday Danuta Kozák finished first in the women’s single 500 m event, becoming the first Hungarian kayaker to win a total of four Olympic gold medals in kayaking and canoeing.

Photo: MTI
Photo: MTI

Péter Molnár and Sándor Tótka missed taking bronze in the men’s 200 meter double kayak by a mere three-hundreths of a second.   Benjámin Ceiner and Tibor Hufnágel finished seventh in the men’s 1000 meter K2 event.  Jonatán Hajdú finished 10th in the men’s 200 m single kayak event.

On Friday Hungary’s women’s water polo team narrowly lost to Russia on penalty shots to place fourth overall after Russia tied in the final second of regular play.

In track and field, Krisztián Pars finished seventh overall in the hammer throw, and women’s pentathlon atheletes Sarolta Kovács and Zsófia Földházi finished 17th and 27th overall.

Rio de Janeiro, 2016. augusztus 20. A győztes Szabó Gabriella, Kozák Danuta, Csipes Tamara és Fazekas-Zur Krisztina a női kajak négyesek 500 méteres versenyének döntőjében a Rio de Janeiró-i nyári olimpián a Rodrigo de Freitas Lagúnában 2016. augusztus 20-án. A kajaknégyes megvédte olimpiai bajnoki címét. MTI Fotó: Kovács Tamás
Rio de Janeiro, 2016. augusztus 20.
A győztes Szabó Gabriella, Kozák Danuta, Csipes Tamara és Fazekas-Zur Krisztina a női kajak négyesek 500 méteres versenyének döntőjében a Rio de Janeiró-i nyári olimpián a Rodrigo de Freitas Lagúnában 2016. augusztus 20-án. A kajaknégyes megvédte olimpiai bajnoki címét.
MTI Fotó: Kovács Tamás

On Saturday the team of Gabrilla Szabó, Danuta Kozák, Tamara Csipes and Krisztina Fazekas-Zur took gold in the women’s K4 500 m event, bringing to five the total number of Olympic medals won by Szabó in her career.

“It’s interesting because I didn’t feel the battle at all,” she said. “I sensed that it was close but I was concentrating so much and paying attention to the girls that it was virtually not a competition.  I wanted to finish a perfect race.”

Tamara Csipes, who won her first career Olympic gold medal, said:

“The others told me welcome to the club.  Finally I, too, became an Olympic champion.  I worked an awful lot for it.  Since October I’ve performed a lot of hard work mentally and physically as well.  It makes me happy that it was not in vain.”

In the men’s pentathlon Ádám Marosi finished twelfth and Bence Demeter finished 17th.

Sunday is the final day of the Olympic Games in Rio.  Hungary will be represented in the men’s marathon by Gáspár Csere and Gábor Józsa and in the men’s mountain bike event by András Parti.

As of the close of Saturday, Hungary’s medal ranking was twelfth, just ahead of host country Brazil.

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