Pál Kovács

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Pál Kovács
Hungarian sabre team 1960 Olympics.jpg
Hungarian sabre team at the 1960 Olympics, Kovács is in the center, just above Aladár Gerevich
Personal information
Born(1912-07-17)17 July 1912
Debrecen, Hungary
Died8 July 1995(1995-07-08) (aged 82)
Budapest, Hungary
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
ClubHonvéd Tiszti Vívó Klub ÖT
Ganz-Mávag SportegyesületMávag SportegyesületVasas Sport Club

Pál Kovács (17 July 1912 – 8 July 1995) was a Hungarian athlete, who began as a hurdler, but eventually switched to fencing.

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 won 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.[1]

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  1. ^ "Pál Kovács Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2010.