András Balczó

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The native form of this personal name is Balczó András. This article uses the Western name order.
András Balczó
Personal information
Born (1938-08-16) 16 August 1938 (age 75)
Kondoros, Hungary
Sport
Sport Modern pentathlon

András Balczó (born 16 August 1938) is a Hungarian modern pentathlete and Olympic champion. He was born in Kondoros.[1]

Olympics[edit]

Balczó participated on the Hungarian team which won the gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. He competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where he received an individual silver medal, and a gold medal with the Hungarian team.[2] At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich he received the individual gold medal and a team silver medal.

Awards[edit]

Balczó was elected Hungarian Sportsman of the Year 1966, 1969 and 1972, while the pentathlon team was several times chosen as the Hungarian Team of the Year.

He was awarded the title of Merited Master of Sport of the USSR in 1972, along with eight others from outside USSR.[3]

He is considered one of the most successful athletes in the history of modern pentathlon.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "András Balczó Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  2. ^ "1968 Summer Olympics – Mexico City, Mexico – Modern Pentathlon"databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on April 16, 2008)
  3. ^ Panorama of the 1972 Sports Year (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 1973. pp. 122–124. 
  4. ^ http://pentathloncircuit.blogspot.com/2010/05/pentathletes-from-past-andras-balczo.html
Awards
Preceded by
Gyula Zsivótzky
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
1966
Succeeded by
István Kozma
Preceded by
Gyula Zsivótzky
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
1969
Succeeded by
Péter Kelemen
Preceded by
Csaba Hegedűs
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
1972
Succeeded by
Géza Csapó