After a disappointing Saturday across the board, Hungary’s men’s fencing team took bronze and its men’s waterpolo team defeated Brazil to advance to the quarterfinals.
After losing to France 45:40, Hungary defeated Ukraine 39:37 to win the bronze medal in the men’s team épée event.
“Now they can experience what it’s like to stand on the victor’s podium,” said silver medal winner Géza Imre, referring to teammates Gábor Boczkó, András Rédli and Péter Somfai.
“I was very happy to compete at the end,” said Somfai, who substituted for Boczkó against Ukraine. “I’m glad I was sent in against Ukraine because I truly like to fence against them.”
Team captain Gábor Udvarhelyi said: “In London we won a single gold medal. Here we’ve won two golds, a silver and a bronze. I congratulate every competitor, trainer and the sport leadership.”
Hungary’s men’s water polo defeated Brazil (10-6) to advance to the quarterfinals against Montenegró on August 16.
“We were so eager to play Brazil that we practically did everything to win,” Gábor Kis said. “Especially on the sidelines. It seems this is the solution. We know Montenegro well but need to prepare ourselves. We will win if we play with the same determination and will.”
Hungarian wrestler Péter Mácsi placed 5th overall in the Greco-Roman event, losing to Iranian wrestler Szaeid Morad Abdvali after being defeated by Danish wrestler Mark Madsen in the semifinal.
“He had four matches, the Iranian two . . . the one wrestler four, the other two,” said team captain András Sike. “(The Iranian) won the bronze medal with two victories. (Péter) took 5th place with three. It’s a nightmare. I thought that, having thrown away the bronze medal at the Peking Olympics eight years ago, fate would serve the cause of justice and he would recover the bronze. But it seems that didn’t happen.”
Hungary currently ranks 11th overall in the Rio Olympics medal table, with 5 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze.