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 – 5 March 1945) 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. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. 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. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. 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. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. 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. ISBN 9781903900888.
  9. ^ Continuing Persecution
  10. ^ "Janos Garay". January 25, 2010. Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2010.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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