Tamás Kásás

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The native form of this personal name is Kásás Tamás. This article uses the Western name order.
Tamás Kásás
Medal record
Men's Water Polo
Competitor for  Hungary
Olympic Games
Gold 2000 Sydney Team Competition
Gold 2004 Athens Team Competition
Gold 2008 Beijing Team Competition
World Championships
Gold 2003 Barcelona Team Competition
Silver 1998 Perth Team Competition
Silver 2005 Montréal Team Competition
Silver 2007 Melbourne Team Competition
European Championship
Gold 1997 Sevilla Team Competition
Gold 1999 Firenze Team Competition
Silver 1995 Vienna Team Competition
Silver 2006 Belgrade Team Competition
Bronze 2001 Budapest Team Competition
Bronze 2003 Kranj Team Competition
Bronze 2008 Málaga Team Competition
Bronze 2012 Eindhoven Team Competition
FINA World League
Gold 2003 New York Team Competition
Gold 2004 Long Beach Team Competition
FINA World Cup
Gold 1995 Atlanta Team Competition
Gold 1999 Sydney Team Competition
Silver 2002 Belgrade Team Competition
Silver 2006 Budapest Team Competition
Bronze 1997 Athens Team Competition

Tamás Kásás (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈtɒmaːʃ ˈkaːʃaːʃ]) (born July 20, 1976 in Budapest) is a retired Hungarian water polo player, with a height of 200 cm and a weight of 90 kg.

Kásás is often described as the best defensive player of his era, if not the best overall[citation needed]. He is known for his ability to spring out of the water and block shots, as well as his strength in one-on-one situations. He is also noted for his highly accurate shots and passes.

He picked up the sport at the age of six, being taught by his father Zoltán, who is a renowned coach in Hungary. Zoltán Kásás was also a gifted player who won an Olympic silver medal in 1972, a World Championship in 1973, and a European title in 1974.

He made his Olympic debut in 1996, where Hungary reached the semifinals before losing to the Manuel Estiarte led Spanish squad. However, the Hungarian team bounced back to win European Championships in 1997 and 1999, as well as a Champions League cup in 1998, culminating with Olympic golds at Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

In 2007 Kásás won Euro League with Pro Recco. He was named Most Valuable Player at the 2002 FINA Men's Water Polo World Cup, where Hungary claimed the silver medal.

Performances[edit]

  • Olympic Games : Gold Medal (2008, 2004, 2000)
  • World Championships : Gold Medal (2003), Silver Medal (1998, 2005, 2007)
  • European Championships : Gold Medal (1997, 1999) Silver Medal (1995, 2006) Bronze Medal (2001, 2003, 2008, 2012)
  • World League : Gold Medal (2004, 2003), Bronze (2002)
  • FINA Cup : Gold Medal (1999, 1996)
  • Euro League : (2007, 2008)
  • Italian Championships : (2007, 2005, 2001, 2000)

References[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Russia Aleksandr Yeryshov
Most Valuable Player of
Water Polo European Championship

2006
Succeeded by
Hungary Péter Biros