Lajos Gönczy

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Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Hungary
Bronze medal – third place 1900 Paris High jump

Lajos Gönczy (24 February 1881 in Szeged, Hungary – 4 December 1915 in Doberdò del Lago, Italy) was a Hungarian high jumper, he participated in Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, the 1904 Summer Olympics in St.Louis and the 1906 Intercalated Games in Athens and won two medals.[1]

Gönczy was born in Szeged, he was educated in his local high school and this is where his talent started for athletics, after high school he attended the Pázmány Péter Catholic University to read law, and while there he joined the Budapest University Athletics Club,[2]

Between 1900 and 1904, Gönczy held four national high jump records,[2] aged 19 years old Gönczy traveled to Paris for the 1900 Summer Olympics, in the high jump there was no qualification it was straight to the final, Gönczy jumped 1.75 metres to finish third behind Irving Baxter and Patrick Leahy to earn the bronze medal.[3] Four years later he went to St.Louis for the 1904 Summer Olympics, this time in the high jump he missed out on a medal by just 2 centimetres when he jumped 1.75 metres and finished fourth,[4] Gönczy also competed in the standing high jump but only jumped 1.35 metres and finished last out of the competitors,[5] he would compete in the same two events two years later at the 1906 Intercalated Games, in the high jump he finished in silver medal place just behind Con Leahy,[6] he also went on to finish fifth aain in the standing high jump.[7]

In 1910 he retired from competitive events and returned to Szeged to work as a magistrate, he married in 1913, then at the beginning of World War I he joined the 46th Honved Infantry Brigade, and was mobilized to the Italian front in 1915, on the 3rd December 1915, his dugout received a direct hit killing him and two other officers, he was buried in the Vallone valley.[2]

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  1. ^ "Lajos Gönczy". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c McCrery, Nigel (2016). The Extinguished Flame: Olympians Killed in The Great War. Pen and Sword. p. 107. ISBN 1473878012. 
  3. ^ "Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's High Jump". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Athletics at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games: Men's High Jump". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Athletics at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games: Men's Standing High Jump". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games: Men's High Jump". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games: Men's Standing High Jump". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 24 June 2017.