Ágnes Kovács

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The native form of this personal name is Kovács Ágnes. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Ágnes Kovács
Kovács Ágnes Európa Nap Utcafesztivál Budapest 2014.05.11.jpg
Kovács in 2014
Personal information
Full name Kovács Ágnes
National team  Hungary
Born (1981-07-13) 13 July 1981 (age 35)
Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke, medley
Club Budapesti Spartacus Sport Club
College team Arizona State University (USA)
Coach Mike Chasson (USA)

Ágnes Kovács (born 13 July 1981) is a Hungarian swimmer who competed at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics. In 2000, she won the 200 m breaststroke and set the Hungary records in the 100 m and 200 m breaststrokes events (1:07.79 and 2:24.03). As of 2014, these records still stand.[1] She won a bronze medal in the 200 m breaststroke at the 1996 Olympics and placed fifth in 2004; in 2004 she also finished fourth in the 200 m individual medley event.[2]

Kovács learned to swim aged two and a half years and became to train seriously at nine. Aged fourteen, she became a European Junior champion in the 100 yard breaststroke, and next year won an Olympic medal. From 1995 through 2007 she won 17 medals at European championships and 53 Hungarian titles. She was named Hungarian Sportswoman of the Year in four consecutive years, from 1997 to 2000. In 2014 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[3]

Kovács lives with her husband and son in Hungary. She is a PhD student at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Sciences of Semmelweis University.[3]



  1. ^ (Hungarian) Kovács' bio page from her personal website (kovacsagnes.hu); retrieved 2014-12-15.
  2. ^ Ágnes Kovács. sports-reference.com.
  3. ^ a b Agnes Kovacs (HUN) 2014 Honor Swimmer. International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Preceded by
Krisztina Egerszegi
Hungarian Sportswoman of The Year
Succeeded by
Gyöngyi Likerecz
Preceded by
Michelle Smith
European Swimmer of the Year
1997 – 1998
Succeeded by
Inge de Bruijn