Ervin Zádor at the 1956 Summer Olympic Games |

Ervin Zádor of 'Blood in the water

April 30, 2012

Former Hungarian international water polo player Ervin Zádor, made famous by a photo depicting him with bleeding head during the Hungarian-Soviet semifinal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, died at the age of 76 in California, in the United States.

Ervin Zádor reached world fame when a picture about him emerging from the pool with his face bleeding became of symbol of Soviet oppression in Hungary following the 1956 revolt in Hungary.

Zádor, 21 at the time of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, received a blow under his right eye from a Soviet player during Hungary's waterpolo semifinal with the Soviet Union - a match that became known as "Blood in the water".


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