Olivér Halassy at the 1931 European Championships
|Full name||Olivér Halassy-Haltmayer|
31 July 1909|
Újpest, Austro-Hungarian Empire
|Died||10 September 1946
|Club||Újpesti Torna Egylet|
Halassy lost his left foot after a childhood accident at the age of eight, and later became the first amputee swimmer to compete in the Olympics. He was a member of the Hungarian water polo teams that won one silver and two gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936. He played all matches and scored three, eleven, and six goals, respectively.
Halassy won three European water polo titles, in 1931, 1934, and 1938. He also became European champion in 1500 metres freestyle swimming in 1931, just hours after he helped his water polo team to victory. Nationally he won 25 swimming titles and set 12 records.
Halassy was married and had three children. After retiring from competitions he worked as an auditor in his City Hall. He was killed by a Soviet soldier after a robbery near his home in Budapest. In 1978 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
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