Dániel Gyurta

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Dániel Gyurta
Gyurta wearing the silver medal he won at the 200 m breaststroke, 2015 European Short Course Swimming Championships, Netanya
Personal information
Full name Dániel Gyurta
Nickname(s) "Dani"
National team  Hungary
Born (1989-05-04) 4 May 1989 (age 29)
Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club Újpesti TE

Dániel Gyurta (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈdaːniɛl ˈɟurtɒ]; born 4 May 1989)[1] is a Hungarian former competitive swimmer who mainly competed in the 200-metre breaststroke.


Gyurta was born in Budapest. When he was 15 years old, he won a silver medal (with 2.10.80) in the men's 200-metre breaststroke at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

His coaches are Sándor Széles, Ferenc Kovácshegyi and Balázs Virth. On August 12, 2008 he set an Olympic record in the preliminaries of the 200-metre breaststroke at the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing.[2] His record was broken one day later by Kitajima in the semi-finals. Gyurta finished fifth in the final.

At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships he won gold medal in 200 m breaststroke, edging out Eric Shanteau in the last meters. He was named Hungarian Sportsman of the year for this achievement.

Two years later Gyurta retained the gold medal at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships, thus becoming the second man to defend the world title on 200 metre breaststroke after David Wilkie of Great Britain,[3] who won the first two world titles, in 1973 and 1975.

At the 2012 London Olympics he won the gold medal and set a new world record for the 200 m breaststroke.[4] After the race, he offered a replica of his Olympic medal to the parents of his former competitor Alexander Dale Oen in tribute to him, a gesture much appreciated by Dale's family. Dale had died on 30 April 2012, a few months before the Games.[5][6] Later, Gyurta received the international Fair Play Award from UNESCO, in respect of his medal tribute of a fallen fellow breaststroker: Alexander Dale Oen.[7][8]

Personal bests[edit]

In long course swim pools Gyurta's bests are:

  • 100 m breaststroke: 59.53 (29 July 2012, London) Hungarian Record
  • 200 m breaststroke: 2:07.23 (2 August 2013, Barcelona) Championship Record, European Record

In short course pools Gyurta's best's are:

  • 50 m breaststroke: 27.00 (10 December 2009) Hungarian Record
  • 100 m breaststroke: 56.72 (11 December 2009, Istanbul) Hungarian Record
  • 200 m breaststroke: 2:00.48 (31 August 2014, Dubai) Former World Record



  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Dániel Gyurta Biography and Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Lonsbrough, Anita (12 August 2008). "Records tumble in breastroke and relays". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Daniel Gyurta Overtakes Kosuke Kitajima for 200 Breast Gold". Swimming World Magazine. 29 July 2011. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "London Olympics: Gyurta wins 200m breaststroke gold in world record". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dani Gyurta will send a replica of his Olympic gold to Dale Oen's family". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Daniel Gyurta makes copy of gold medal for family of Norway's Alexander Dale Oen". News Corp Australia Network. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

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Preceded by
Christian Sprenger
World record holder
Men's 200 m breaststroke

1 August 2012 – 15 September 2012
Succeeded by
Akihiro Yamaguchi
Preceded by
Christian Sprenger
World record holder
Men's 200 m breaststroke (25 m)

13 December 2009–20 November 2016
Succeeded by
Marco Koch
Preceded by
Attila Vajda
Krisztián Berki
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
2012, 2013
Succeeded by
Krisztián Berki
Krisztián Berki
Preceded by
Yannick Agnel
European Swimmer of the Year
Succeeded by
Adam Peaty