Katalin Kovács

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Katalin Kovács
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Kovács in 2016
Personal information
Nationality Hungarian
Born (1976-02-29) 29 February 1976 (age 41)
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 30 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, 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[edit]

  • Hungarian kayaker of the Year (10): 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Hungarian Sportswoman of the Year (2) - votes of sports journalists: 2002, 2003
  • Hungarian Athlete of the Year (2) - the National Sports Association (NSSZ) awards: 2003, 2009
  • For Budapest award (2004)
  • Perpetual champion of Hungarian Kayak-Canoe (2005)
  • Member of the Hungarian team of year (with Natasa Janics): 2005, 2006, 2010
  • Príma Primissima award (2006)
  • Papp László Budapest Sport awards (2012)
Orders and special awards
  • 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