Zoltán Halmay

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The native form of this personal name is Halmay Zoltán. This article uses the Western name order.
Zoltán in 1905
Zoltán Halmay
Medal record
Competitor for  Hungary
Men's Swimming
Competitor for Kingdom of Hungary
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1904 St. Louis 50 yd freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1904 St. Louis 100 yd freestyle
Silver medal – second place 1900 Paris 200 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 1900 Paris 4000 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 1908 London 100 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 1908 London 4×200 m freestyle relay
Bronze medal – third place 1900 Paris 1000 m freestyle
1906 Intercalated Games
Gold medal – first place 1906 Athens 4×250 m freestyle relay
Silver medal – second place 1906 Athens 100 m freestyle

Zoltán Halmay (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈzoltaːn ˈhɒlmɒjɪ], June 18, 1881 – May 20, 1956) was a Hungarian Olympic swimmer. He competed in four Olympics (19001908), winning the following medals:

  • 1900: silver (200 m, 4000 m freestyle), bronze (1000 m freestyle)
  • 1904: gold (50yd, 100yd freestyle)
  • 1906: gold (4×250 m freestyle relay), silver (100 m freestyle) (these games are now not officially recognized by the IOC)
  • 1908: silver (100 m freestyle; 4×200 m freestyle relay)

Halmay was born in Magasfalu, Kingdom of Hungary (today Vysoká pri Morave, Slovakia) and died in Budapest. Zoltán Halmay, who was a double Olympic champion, was the most successful sportsman in freestyle swimming. 1904 he won the 50 and 100 yards at the St. Louis Games and in 1906 he was a member of the 4×250 m relay team that won the gold medal. He won a further 4 silver medals and a bronze medal at other Olympics. He was Hungarian champion 14 times and won the English, the German and the Austrian Championships as well. He was a world record holder at 100 metres and also at 50 and 220 yards. His versatility is shown by the fact that he was also a remarkable athlete, rower and football player, and he also won a national-level championship in roller-skating over 5000 metres. After his retirement he worked as a trainer, and he was the federal chief trainer of the Hungarian Swimming Association. He was born on 18 June 1881 in Magasfalu (Hungarian name), Dubrava (Bratislava County). At the ceremony organised at the main square of the village, a monument unifying the memorial plaque and the statue of Halmay was set up in collaboration with the Slovak Olympic Committee and the local government of Vysoká pri Morave (Magasfalu). Zoltán Halmay died 20 May 1956.


Preceded by
Men's 100 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

3 December 1905 – 20 July 1908
Succeeded by
United States Charles Daniels
Preceded by
Australia Frederick Lane
Men's 200 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

28 June 1908 – 11 November 1908
Succeeded by
Austria Otto Scheff