Gyula Zsivótzky

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Gyula Zsivótzky
Gyula Zsivótzky 1967.jpg
Zsivótzky in 1969
Personal information
Nationality Hungarian
Born 25 February 1937
Budapest, Hungary
Died 29 September 2007 (aged 70)
Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 102 kg (225 lb)
Country  Hungary
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Hammer throw
Club Újpesti TE, Budapest
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 73.76 m (1968)[1]

Gyula Zsivótzky (25 February 1937 – 29 September 2007) was a Hungarian hammer thrower. He won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics, silvers in 1960 and 1964, and finished fifth in 1972. Zsivótzky set two world record: one in 1965 and the other at the 1968 Olympics.[2] He was twice elected as Hungarian Sportsman of the Year: in 1965, after winning at the Summer Universiade, and in 1968, for his Olympic gold medal.

Zsivótzky retired in 1973 and later worked in the clothing industry. He remained involved with athletics as an administrator, becoming a member of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and vice-president of his athletic club Újpesti TE. He married Magdolna Komka, an Olympic high jumper. One of his sons is decathlete Attila Zsivoczky, the other is football player Gyula Zsivóczky Jr..[2]

Zsivótzky died from cancer in his native Budapest, aged 70.


  1. ^ Gyula Zsivótzky.
  2. ^ a b Gyula Zsivótzky. Sports Reference

Preceded by
United States Harold Connolly
Men's Hammer World Record Holder
4 September 1965 – 15 June 1969
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Romuald Klim
Preceded by
Ferenc Török
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
Succeeded by
András Balczó
Preceded by
István Kozma
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
Succeeded by
András Balczó