Katalin Kovács

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This article is about the sprint canoer. For the hungarian singer, see Kati Kovács.
The native form of this personal name is Kovács Katalin. This article uses the Western name order.
Katalin Kovács
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Kovács in 2016
Personal information
Nationality Hungarian
Born (1976-02-29) 29 February 1976 (age 40)
Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport
Sport Canoe sprint
Club 600px Rosso e Nero2.png Bp. Honvéd (2009- )
Blu con striscia Bianca2.png MTK (2001-2008)
600px Bianco e Viola (Bordato).png Újpesti TE (1997-2001)
600px Giallo e Blu (Strisce sottili).png BKV Előre SC (1995-1996)
600px Rosso con striscia verticale spessa Bianca.png Budapest SE ( -1994)
Rosso e Bianco.png Bp. Spartacus (1987- )
Coached by Ferenc Csipes

Katalin Kovács (born 29 February 1976) is a Hungarian sprint canoer. She competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics and won eight medals, with three golds (K-2 500 m: 2004, 2008, K-4 500 m: 2012) and five silvers (K-2 500 m: 2000, 2012, K-4 500 m: 2000, 2004, 2008).

Kovács also won a record 40 medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships including 31 golds (K-1 500 m: 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009; K-1 1000 m: 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009; K-2 200 m: 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011; K-2 500 m: 2005, 2006; K-2 1000 m: 2005, 2006; K-4 200 m: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006; K-4 500 m: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011; K-4 1000 m: 2006), six silvers (K-1 1000 m: 2010, K-4 200 m: 2007, 2009, K-4 500 m: 1997, 1998, 2007), and three bronzes (K-1 500 m: 2001, K-1 1000 m: 1999, K-2 500 m: 1999).

She was elected Hungarian Sportswoman of the Year in 2002 and 2003. Together with Natasa Dusev-Janics she earned the title Hungarian Sportsteam of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2010.

Awards and honours[edit]

Orders and special awards[edit]

  • Ribbon Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Knight's Cross (2000)
  • Ribbon Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Officer's Cross (2004)
  • Ribbon Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Commander's Cross (2008)
  • Ribbon Order of Merit of Hungary – Commander's Cross with Star (2012)

References[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Gyöngyi Likerecz
Hungarian Sportswoman of The Year
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Nataša Janić