Danuta Kozák

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Danuta Kozák
Kozák Danuta.jpg
Personal information
NationalityHungarian
Born (1987-01-11) 11 January 1987 (age 32)
Budapest, Hungary
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Sport
CountryHungary
SportCanoe sprint
ClubKSI (1996–2008)
Bp. Honvéd (2009–2012)
Újpesti TE (2013–)
Coached byBéla Somogyi

Danuta Kozák (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈdɒnutɒ ˈkozaːk]; born 11 January 1987) is a Hungarian sprint canoer. Her mother is of Polish descent.[1] She has won one silver and five Olympic gold medals, three of which in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, making her the only female to win K1, K2 and K4 at the same Olympics.

Career[edit]

Kozák has competed since the late 2000s. She won a silver medal in the K-4 500 m event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Kozák then won a gold medal at the London Olympics in the Kayak Four (K4) 500m team event with Gabriella Szabó, Katalin Kovács and Krisztina Fazekas Zur for Hungary. She also won the gold medal in the Kayak Single (K1) 500m.[2] She won three gold medals in the Kayak Single (K1) 500m, Kayak Pairs (K2) 500m and Kayak Four (K4) 500m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; a feat compounded with her reeling from a stomach infection one day before the events.[3] The latter results made her the most successful Hungarian sprint canoer and the only female athlete to win K1, K2 and K4 at the same Olympics.

Kozák has also won fourteen medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with eleven golds (K-1 500 m: 2013, 2014; K-2 200 m: 2011; K-2 500 m: 2009, 2010, 2015; K-4 500 m: 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and K-1 200 m relay: 2013), two silvers (K-1 500 m: 2011 and K-4 500 m: 2015) and a bronze (K-2 1000 m: 2007).

Awards[edit]

  • Junior Príma award (2008)
  • KSI SE – Athlete of Year (2008)
  • Hungarian kayaker of the Year (5): 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Perpetual champion of Hungarian Kayak-Canoe (2011)
  • Honorary Citizen of Budapest (2012)
  • Honorary Citizen of Újpest (2016)
Orders and special awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Danuta Kozak (HUN) K1W 500m". Magazine.CanoeICF.com. 26 July 2016. Archived from the original on 13 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Kozak of Hungary wins gold in women's K-1 500". The Times Of India. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Így gyógyították meg Kozákot". Origo.hu (in Hungarian). 18 August 2016.

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