Imre Németh

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Imre Németh
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for  Hungary
Olympic Games
Gold 1948 London Hammer throw
Bronze 1952 Helsinki Hammer throw

Imre Németh (September 23, 1917 in Kassa, Hungary (now Košice, Slovakia) – August 18, 1989 in Budapest) was a Hungarian hammer thrower..

He won the gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, Great Britain. He returned four years later to defend his title at the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland but failed, only managing to finish third for the bronze medal.[1]

Németh broke the world record on three occasions. On July 14, 1948 he threw 59.02 metres, beating Erwin Blask's official record from 1938 by two centimetres.[2] (However, this was still inferior to Pat O'Callaghan's unratified record of 59.56, dating back to 1937.)[3] On September 4, 1949 Németh improved the world mark to 59.57, beating both the official and the unofficial record.[2] Finally, on May 19, 1950 Németh threw 59.88 m in Budapest.[2]

Németh's son, javelin thrower Miklós Németh, also won an Olympic gold medal.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Imre Németh Bio, Stats and Results". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Butler, Mark; IAAF Media & Public Relations Department (2011), IAAF Statistics Handbook Daegu 2011, International Association of Athletics Federations 
  3. ^ "Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games: Men's Hammer Throw". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 

Preceded by
Germany Erwin Blask
Men's Hammer World Record Holder
July 14, 1948 – July 24, 1952
Succeeded by
Hungary József Csermák