Róbert Fazekas

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The native form of this personal name is Fazekas Róbert. This article uses the Western name order.

Róbert Fazekas (born 18 August 1975 in Szombathely) is a Hungarian discus thrower, who won gold in the 2002 European Championships and silver in the 2003 World Championship. He finished first in the 2004 Summer Olympics,[1] but was later disqualified for failing to provide a drug sample, and the gold medal was awarded to Virgilijus Alekna. Fazekas ranks fifth in all-time longest discus throw distances with a personal best of 71.70m.[2]

Fazekas provided only 25 millilitres of urine (50 ml short of the minimum amount required), stating he was "in an unstable psychological state and feeling unwell". Observers from the International Olympic Committee warned that this would constitute a doping infraction and advised that he could go with them to the clinic at the Olympic Village, where he could provide a further sample. Fazekas refused the offer. A delegation in his defence stated that he was a deeply religious person who frequently had difficulty producing a sample when under observation. The IOC rejected this and disqualified him from the Olympics.[3]

After two years ban from international competitions, Fazekas made a relatively good comeback by finishing in eighth position in the discus at the Beijing Olympics.

Two days before the 2012 Summer Olympics Fazekas failed a drugs test. His B sample was also positive.[4]

While serving an eight-year suspension by the IAAF from athletics competition,[5] in June 2013 Fazekas won the IHGF World Amateur Highland Games Championships in Furstenwalde, Germany.[6]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Hungary
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 4th 65.13 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 11th
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 16th 61.76 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 26th 53.73 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 1st 68.83 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 2nd
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 2nd
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st disqualified
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 8th
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 66.43 m

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