Aladár Gerevich

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The native form of this personal name is Gerevich Aladár. This article uses the Western name order.
Aladár Gerevich
Personal information
Born (1910-03-16)16 March 1910
Jászberény, Hungary
Died 14 May 1991(1991-05-14) (aged 81)
Budapest, Hungary
Sport Fencing

Aladár Gerevich (16 March 1910 in Jászberény – 14 May 1991 in Budapest) was a fencer from Hungary, regarded as "the greatest Olympic swordsman ever".[1] He won medals in sabre in six Olympics.[2][3]


Gerevich is the only athlete to win the same event six times (despite two games passed because of the Second World War). The War could not interfere with perhaps his most impressive record, however; he won gold medals in 1932 and 1960, an unprecedented 28 years apart. This record for the most years between first and last Olympic medals was tied by equestrian Mark Todd of New Zealand in 2012.[4]

Gerevich's wife, Erna Bogen (also known as Erna Bogathy), his son, Pal Gerevich, and his father-in-law, Albert Bogen, all received Olympic medals in fencing.

In the Hungarian Olympic trials for the 1960 Rome Olympics, the fencing committee told Gerevich that he was too old to compete. He silenced them by challenging the entire sabre team to individual matches and winning every match. He missed the finals of the 1960 Olympic individual sabre event, and a possible individual gold medal, by a single touch. He died in Budapest.

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  1. ^ "Legendary Olympians". 2008-08-19. Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  2. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Aladár Gerevich". Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  3. ^ "Aladár Gerevich Olympic Results". Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  4. ^ Fred Woodcock (31 July 2012). "New Zealand three-day eventers win bronze". Retrieved 31 July 2012. 

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