Dániel Gyurta

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The native form of this personal name is Gyurta Dániel. This article uses the Western name order.
Dániel Gyurta
Personal information
Nickname(s) Dani
Nationality  Hungary
Born (1989-05-04) May 4, 1989 (age 26)
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes breaststroke
Club 600px Bianco e Viola (Bordato).png Újpesti TE

Dániel Gyurta (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈdaːniɛl ˈɟurtɒ]; born 4 May 1989)[1] is a Hungarian swimmer who mainly competes in the 200m breaststroke. Also known as Dani, he was only 15 years old when he won a silver medal (with 2.10.80) in the men's 200m breaststroke at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.

His coaches are Sándor Széles, Ferenc Kovácshegyi and Balázs Virth.

Gyurta, unlike his rivals Brendan Hansen and Kosuke Kitajima in the 200m breaststroke in Athens, swims a relaxed and relatively slow first 100 and sprints the second 100 meters. Hansen and Kitajima "go out hard and fast and try to hold on for comeback", but Gyurta "swims a completely different race. Goes out slowly and then comes back like a train".

On August 12, 2008 he set an Olympic record in the preliminaries of the 200m 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 200m breaststroke, edging out Eric Shanteau in the last meters. He was named Hungarian Sportsman of the year for this achievement.

Two years later Gyurta successfully retained the gold medal at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships, thus becoming only 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 200m 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 died 30 April 2012, only a few months before the Games began.[5][6] Later, Daniel 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)
  • 200 m breaststroke: 2:07.23 (2 August 2013, Barcelona) Championship Record


Gyurta currently studies economics at the Budapest College of Communication and Business.


  1. ^ "Dániel Gyurta Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. 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. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "London Olympics: Gyurta wins 200m breaststroke gold in world record". The Times Of India. Retrieved 02-08-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "ani Gyurta will send a replica of his Olympic gold to Dale Oen’s family". Retrieved 04-08-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "Daniel Gyurta makes copy of gold medal for family of Norway's Alexander Dale Oen". News Corp Australia Network. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 04-08-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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Preceded by
Australia Christian Sprenger
World Record Holder
Men's 200 Breaststroke

1 August 2012 – 15 September 2012
Succeeded by
Japan Akihiro Yamaguchi
Preceded by
Australia Christian Sprenger
World Record Holder
Men's 200 Breaststroke (25m)

13 December 2009–present
Preceded by
Attila Vajda
Krisztián Berki
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
2012, 2013
Succeeded by
Krisztián Berki
Krisztián Berki
Preceded by
France Yannick Agnel
European Swimmer of the Year
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Adam Peaty