Valéria Gyenge

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Valéria Gyenge
Valéria Gyenge 1956.jpg
Valéria Gyenge in 1956
Personal information
Full nameValéria Gyenge-Garay
Nationality Hungary
Born3 April 1933 (1933-04-03) (age 86)
Budapest, Hungary
ClubBudapesti Lokomotiv Sport Club
Budapesti Törekvés SK

Valéria Gyenge (born 3 April 1933) is a Hungarian swimmer who won the 400 m freestyle event at the 1952 Summer Olympics. She remained a leader in this event until 1956, but finished in a disappointing eighth place at the 1956 Olympics.[1][2] In 1978, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[2]


Gyenge was a daughter-in-law of János Garay, a 1928 Olympic fencing champion who died in a German concentration camp in 1945. Her brother-in-law Juan Garay competed in swimming at the 1948 Olympics, and her sisters Judy and Suzy were also swimmers. After 1956 Olympics Gyenge moved to Canada, together with her fiancé and future husband János Garai, a water polo player. In Canada she swam for the EMAC Club in Toronto for a few months and then coached swimming for three years before becoming a famous photographer. Her daughter Soo Garay became an actress.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Valéria Gyenge.
  2. ^ a b c "VALERIE GYENGE (HUN) – 1978 Honor Swimmer" Archived 2008-01-22 at the Wayback MachineInternational Swimming Hall of Fame (Retrieved on May 4, 2008)
Preceded by
Ragnhild Hveger
Women's 800 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

28 June 1953 – 14 January 1956
Succeeded by
Lorraine Crapp