Dániel Gyurta (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈdaːniɛl ˈɟurtɒ]; born 4 May 1989) is a Hungarian former competitive swimmer who mainly competed in the 200-metre breaststroke. In 2016, Gyurta became a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), he is a member of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Athletes' Commission since 2013 and a member of the Athletes Commission since 2016.
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 Olympic Games in Beijing. His record was broken one day later by Kitajima in the semi-finals. Gyurta finished fifth in the final.
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, 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. 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. Later, Gyurta received the international Fair Play Award from UNESCO, in respect of his medal tribute of a fallen fellow breaststroker: Alexander Dale Oen.
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
- Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Knight's Cross (2004)
- Hungarian swimmer of the Year (5): 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Hungarian Junior Athlete of the Year (2) - the National Sports Association (NSSZ) awards: 2004, 2007
- Junior Príma award (2008)
- Hungarian Sportsman of the Year (3) - votes of sports journalists: 2009, 2012, 2013
- Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Officer's Cross (2010)
- Best Youth Hungarian Athlete of the year (1) - the National Sports Association (NSSZ) awards: 2011
- Best Hungarian Junior Sportman of the Year (Héraklész) (1): 2011
- Order of Merit of Hungary – Commander's Cross (2012)
- UNESCO Fair Play Award (2013)
- Swimming World Magazine – European Swimmer of the Year (1): 2013
- Hungarian university athlete of the year (1): 2015
- Honorary Citizen of Újpest (2016)
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- "Daniel Gyurta". The International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 24 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Lonsbrough, Anita (12 August 2008). "Records tumble in breastroke and relays". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- "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.
- "London Olympics: Gyurta wins 200m breaststroke gold in world record". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- "Dani Gyurta will send a replica of his Olympic gold to Dale Oen's family". Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "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.
- "GYURTA DÁNIEL ÁTVETTE A NEMZETKÖZI FAIR PLAY-DÍJAT". Retrieved 2013-09-19.
- "DANIEL GYURTA RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL FAIR PLAY AWARD FROM UNESCO". Retrieved 2013-09-19.
- Dániel Gyurta at Swimrankings.net
| World record holder
Men's 200 m breaststroke
1 August 2012 – 15 September 2012
| World record holder
Men's 200 m breaststroke (25 m)
13 December 2009–20 November 2016
| Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
| European Swimmer of the Year