Zoltán Kővágó

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The native form of this personal name is Kővágó Zoltán. This article uses the Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Zoltán Kővágó
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Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Hungary
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens Discus throw

Zoltán Kővágó (born 10 April 1979 in Szolnok) is a Hungarian discus thrower. At the 2004 Olympic Games he initially won the bronze medal, but was promoted to silver when countryfellow Róbert Fazekas was disqualified following a doping rule violation.

He himself was serving a competition ban for "evading doping testing". In August 2011 an Austrian doping controller searched for him in his former address. Kővágó already moved from there - he also officially reported his new address earlier - thus according to the controller's own admission he made an appointment with him on the phone and he stated Kővágó had not wanted to meet with him and had refused to give a sample. On the contrary Kővágó could be able to prove with call registry that that period the controller did not made any attempt to search for him. The standpoint of the Hungarian Anti-Doping Committee was that the athlete is innocent and the charge does not hold and together with the Hungarian Olympic Committee and the Hungarian Athletics Association they dispensed the athlete after their investigation. The IAAF did not accept this, thus the Hungarian Athletics Association appealed to the CAS (International Sport Court) and fully supported the athlete arguing all the evidence contradicts the controller's word.[1] In the final sentence the former decision of the IAAF was approved[2] and the athlete was banned.[3] The ban lasted from 11 August 2011 to 5 July 2014.[4]

His personal best throw is 69.95 m, achieved in May 2006 in Salon-de-Provence.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Hungary
1996 World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 4th 53.72 m
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 1st 59.36 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 22nd 56.89 m
1999 European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 6th 58.51 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia NM
2001 European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st 63.85 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 20th 58.42 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 7th 63.63 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 67.04 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 2nd 64.09 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 10th 62.94 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 65.65 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 9th 63.04 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 21st 60.79 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 6th 65.17 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 20th 59.04 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 15th 62.16 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland DSQ 66.42 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 18th (h) 61.37 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th 64.50 m


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