Ilona Novák

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The native form of this personal name is Novák Ilona. This article uses the Western name order.
Ilona Novák
Personal information
Full name Ilona Novák-Popper
Nationality  Hungary
Born (1925-05-16) May 16, 1925 (age 89)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle and backstroke
Club Magyar Úszó Egyesület
Budapesti Kinizsi

Ilona Novák (born May 16, 1925) is a former Hungarian swimmer and Olympic champion.

She was born in Budapest.

She competed at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, where she finished 4th in 100 m backstroke, and 5th in 4×100 m freestyle relay.

At the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, she received a gold medal in 4×100 m freestyle relay as captain of the Hungarian team.[1]

She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1973, together with her sister, Éva Novák-Gerard.[2][3]


  1. ^ "1952 Olympics – Helsinki, Finland – Swimming" (Retrieved on May 4, 2008)
  2. ^ "ISHOF 1973 Honorees"International Swimming Hall of Fame (Retrieved on May 4, 2008)
  3. ^ "EVA & ILONA NOVAK (HUN) – 1973 Honor Swimmers"International Swimming Hall of Fame (Retrieved on May 4, 2008)