Hungarian sabre team at the 1960 Olympics, Kovács is in the center, just above Aladár Gerevich
17 July 1912|
|Died||8 July 1995
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (180 lb)|
|Club||Honvéd Tiszti Vívó Klub ÖT
Ganz-Mávag SportegyesületMávag SportegyesületVasas Sport Club
By the time Kovács won his first fencing gold, in 1936, he had already been a member of the winning Hungarian team at the 1933 World Championships. The Hungarians would go on to win team sabre gold in five successive Olympics, lasting from 1936 until 1960. The same team won gold eight back-to-back world championships (including the two Olympics, which double as world championships in their respective years). Kovács also won individual gold in 1952, as well as individual bronze in 1948. In 1980, he became vice-president of the Fédération Internationale d'Escrime. He died in Budapest in July 1995.
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