After a disappointing Thursday, Team Hungary put in a strong showing at the Rio games on Friday, winning two silver and two bronze medals.
Hungarian swimmers Katinka Hosszú, László Cseh and Boglárka Kapás won silver and bronze medals. Anita Márton took bronze in women’s shot put.
Katinka Hosszú took silver in the 200 m backstroke. Widely tipped to win the event, Hosszú (2:06.05) was narrowly defeated by US swimmer Madeline Dirado (2:05.99).
“When someone loses such a tight race, one wonders whether she could not have given a little bit more,” said the three-time Olympic champion. “But after winning four medals, I cannot really have regrets.”
László Cseh (right) took silver in the men’s 100 m butterfly in a three-way tie with US swimmer Michael Phelps and South African swimmer Chad Le Clos.
“(Joseph Schooling’s) winning time of 50.39 commands respect,” Cseh said. “Before the Olympics I hoped that I could do as much but I think it’s fantastic that I won the silver medal. It’s remarkable that three of us took silver. It would have been better to stand alone in second place but I’m happy that I could share it with Le Clos and Phelps.”
Boglárka Kapás took bronze in the women’s 800 m crawl, finishing only 2/10ths of a second behind UK swimmer Jazz Carlin. US swimmer Katie Ledecky set a world record of 8.04.79.
“I was only 2/10ths of a second from winning silver but I don’t care,” Kapás said. “It doesn’t bother me, because I’m taking home a fantastic feeling, which was the reason I came here.” She thanked her family, trainers, doctors and swimming club for their support.
Anita Márton set a Hungarian record in the women’s shot put to become the first Hungarian track and field athlete to win an Olympic medal since Angéla Németh in 1968. Márton threw 19.87 m to win the bronze medal.
“I thought that it would be necessary to throw over 20 m in order to win a medal but not everyone was in their best form, thank God,” Márton told M4. “When it turned out that I had won the bronze, I started to cry. My head was all mixed up. I couldn’t believe that I had succeeded. And then, how much work I had put in over the past 15 years in order to achieve such a good result.”
As of the close of Friday’s games, Hungarian heptathalon competitors Gyógyi Zsivoczky-Farkas and Xënia Krizsán stood in 13th and 23rd place having completed four events.
Hungarian discus thrower Zoltán Kővágó made it to the finals, placing seventh overall.