Tamás Kásás

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The native form of this personal name is Kásás Tamás. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Tamás Kásás
Medal record
Men's water polo
Representing  Hungary
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team competition
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Barcelona Team competition
Silver medal – second place 1998 Perth Team competition
Silver medal – second place 2005 Montréal Team competition
Silver medal – second place 2007 Melbourne Team competition
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 1997 Sevilla Team competition
Gold medal – first place 1999 Firenze Team competition
Silver medal – second place 1995 Vienna Team competition
Silver medal – second place 2006 Belgrade Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Budapest Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Kranj Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Málaga Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Eindhoven Team competition
FINA World League
Gold medal – first place 2003 New York Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2004 Long Beach Team competition
FINA World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1995 Atlanta Team competition
Gold medal – first place 1999 Sydney Team competition
Silver medal – second place 2002 Belgrade Team competition
Silver medal – second place 2006 Budapest Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Athens Team competition

Tamás Kásás (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈtɒmaːʃ ˈkaːʃaːʃ]; born July 20, 1976 in Budapest) is a retired Hungarian water polo player, with a height of 200 cm and a weight of 90 kg.

Kásás is often described as the best defensive player of his era, if not the best overall[citation needed]. He is known for his ability to spring out of the water and block shots, as well as his strength in one-on-one situations. He is also noted for his highly accurate shots and passes.

He picked up the sport at the age of six, being taught by his father Zoltán, who is a coach in Hungary. Zoltán Kásás was also a gifted player who won an Olympic silver medal in 1972, a World Championship in 1973, and a European title in 1974.

He made his Olympic debut in 1996, where Hungary reached the semifinals before losing to the Manuel Estiarte led Spanish squad. However, the Hungarian team bounced back to win European Championships in 1997 and 1999, as well as a Champions League cup in 1998, culminating with Olympic golds at Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

In 2007 Kásás won Euro League with Pro Recco. He was named Most Valuable Player at the 2002 FINA Men's Water Polo World Cup, where Hungary claimed the silver medal.

Club career[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Club[edit]

  • Scudetto.svg Italian Championship (Serie A1): 9x (2000, 2001 - with Posillipo; 2005 - with Savona; 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 - with Pro Recco)
  • Coccarda Coppa Italia.svg Italian Cup: 5x (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 - with Pro Recco)
  • Adriatic League: 1x (2012 - with Pro Recco)
  • Euroleague Winners (5): (1998 - with Posillipo; 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 - with Pro Recco)
  • LEN Cup Winners (2): (1997 - with UTE; 2005 - with Savona)
  • LEN Super Cup Winner (4): (2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 - with Pro Recco)

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olimpikonok kitüntetése a Parlamentben" (in Hungarian). Hungarian Olympic Committee. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
Awards
Preceded by
Russia Aleksandr Yeryshov
Most Valuable Player of
Water Polo European Championship

2006
Succeeded by
Hungary Péter Biros