Olivér Halassy

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Olivér Halassy
Olivér Halassy 1931.jpg
Olivér Halassy at the 1931 European Championships
Personal information
Full nameOlivér Halassy-Haltmayer
Born(1909-07-31)31 July 1909
Újpest, Austro-Hungarian Empire
Died10 September 1946(1946-09-10) (aged 37)
Budapest, Hungary
ClubÚjpesti Torna Egylet

Olivér Halassy[1] (31 July 1909 – 10 September 1946) was a Hungarian water polo player and freestyle swimmer who competed in the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Summer Olympics.

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.[2]

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.[2]

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 robbing him near his home in Budapest.[3] In 1978 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[4]


  1. ^ He is also known as Oliver von Halassy or as Oliver Haltmayer
  2. ^ a b Olivér Halassy. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ Wallechinsky, David (2004). The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics, Toronto: Sport Classic Books. ISBN 1-894963-34-2
  4. ^ Olivér Halassy. ishof.org

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