Viktor Bodrogi

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Viktor Bodrogi
Personal information
Full name Viktor Bodrogi
National team  Hungary
Born (1983-12-28) 28 December 1983 (age 33)
Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke, butterfly
Club Százhalombattai Városi SC
College team University of Southern California (U.S.)
Coach Dave Salo (U.S.)

Viktor Bodrogi (born December 28, 1983) is a Hungarian former swimmer, who specialized in backstroke and butterfly events.[1] He is a two-time Olympian, a five-time All-American honoree, and a multiple-time Hungarian title and record holder in both backstroke and butterfly (50, 100, and 200). He also defended two titles in the same stroke (200 m) at the 2000 and 2001 European Junior Swimming Championships in Dunkerque, France, and in Valletta, Malta, respectively.[2][3] Bodrogi is a former varsity swimmer for the USC Trojans under head coach Dave Salo, and a graduate of history and social sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Bodrogi's Olympic debut came as the youngest male swimmer (aged 16) for the Hungarian squad at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, competing in two swimming events. In the 200 m butterfly, Bodrogi placed twenty-fourth on the morning prelims. Swimming in heat three, he edged out Greece's Ioannis Drymonakos to take a second spot by a hundredth of a second (0.01) in 2:00.74.[4] In his second event, 200 m backstroke, Bodrogi was disqualified from the fourth heat for passing and breaching the 15-metre start line during the race.[5]

At the 2001 FINA World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, Bodrogi cleared a two-minute barrier to lead a third fastest semifinal time and set a Hungarian record of 1:59.24 in the 200 m backstroke.[6]

Bodrogi swam only for the 200 m backstroke at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He achieved a FINA A-standard of 2:00.13 from the national championships in Székesfehérvár.[7][8] He challenged seven other swimmers in heat four, including British duo James Goddard and Gregor Tait. He rounded out the field to last place by more than half a second (0.50) behind New Zealand's Cameron Gibson in 2:03.16. Bodrogi failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed twenty-fourth overall in the preliminaries.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Viktor Bodrogi". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Three More Records Bite the Dust on Day Two of Euro Juniors". Swimming World Magazine. 28 July 2000. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mike Cavic Takes the 100 Fly on Day Two of Euro Juniors". Swimming World Magazine. 7 July 2001. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 200m Butterfly Heat 3" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 217. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 200m Backstroke Heat 4" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 284. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Lord, Craig (26 July 2001). "Ho-Hum: Four Olympic Champs Triumph in Fukuoka". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Swimming – Men's 200m Backstroke Startlist (Heat 4)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Agh, Norbert (26 June 2003). "Risztov Wins 8 Golds as Hungarian Champs End; World Champs Team Will Have World's Oldest and Youngest Men Swimmers". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Men's 200m Backstroke Heat 4". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Thomas, Stephen (18 August 2004). "Men’s 200 Backstroke Prelims, Day 5: Peirsol Looks Good for a Dorsal Double". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 December 2005. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 

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