János Garay (fencer)

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Jànos Garay
Born23 February 1889
Died5 March 1945 (1945-03-06) (aged 56)
Olympic medal record
Men's Fencing
Representing  Hungary
Gold medal – first place 1928 Amsterdam Team sabre
Silver medal – second place 1924 Paris Team sabre
Bronze medal – third place 1924 Paris Individual sabre

János Garay (23 February 1889 in Budapest, Hungary – 5 March 1945 in Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, Oberösterreich, Austria) was a Hungarian fencer,[1] and one of the best sabre fencers in the world in the 1920s.[2][3]


Garay had two children: Jànos, a water polo player and Mària, a swimmer. He was also father-in-law to Valéria Gyenge.

Fencing career[edit]

Hungarian Championship[edit]

Garay was the Hungarian national sabre champion in 1923.[4]

European and World Championships[edit]

In 1925[4] and 1930, Garay captured the Individual European Sabre Championship gold medal. He won the team sabre gold medal at the 1930 European Championships.


He won silver medal for team saber at the 1924 Paris Olympics.[5]

He also won a gold medal in team saber at the 1928 Amsterdam Games.[5]

Concentration Camp and Death[edit]

He was one of 437,000 Jews deported from Hungary to a concentration camp after Germany occupied the country in 1944.[4]

Garay was killed shortly thereafter, in 1945, in the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, shortly before the end of World War II.[6][7]

Hall of Fame[edit]

Garay, who was Jewish, was inducted in 1990 into The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel.[8][9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.mob.hu/cgi-bin/index.php?file=belso/memorian.html Archived 2006-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Uc_Hilal: Jews In Sports". Jewsinsports.org. Retrieved March 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "János Garay Biography and Olympic Results | Olympics at". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved March 26, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c János Garay Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
  5. ^ a b "János Garay Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved March 26, 2010.
  6. ^ Schaffer, Kay; Smith, Sidonie (2000). The Olympics at the Millennium: Power, Politics, and the Games. Rutgers University Press. pp. 60–62. ISBN 978-0-8135-2820-5.
  7. ^ "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  8. ^ Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics – With a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medalists. Sussex Academic Press.
  9. ^ Continuing Persecution
  10. ^ "Janos Garay". January 25, 2010. Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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