Three-time Rio Olympics champion swimmer Katinka Hosszú and saber fencer Áron Szilágyi, also an Olympic champion in Rio de Janeiro last year have been elected Hungary’s 'Athletes of the Year 2016' by the country’s sports journalists.
At the 2016 Summer Olympic
Games, Hosszú was the most successful member of the Hungarian team, pocketing
three gold and a silver medal by winning the women’s 200- and 400-meter
individual medley events (smashing the world record in the latter) as well as
the 100-meter backstroke and finishing second in the 200-meter backstroke. She
was also voted the third best European athlete of the year in a survey
involving 27 European news agencies. Finishing ahead of her were Real Madrid's
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and British tennis player Andy Murray.
Hungary’s top male athlete of
2016, Áron Szilágyi, arrived in Rio to defend the men’s individual saber
fencing Olympic title he won in London in 2012. He achieved that by defeating
Daryl Homer of the United States.
The Coach of the Year title
went to Hosszú’s American coach and husband Shane Tusup. In the team category, it
was Hungary’s national football (soccer) team that triumphed with its
qualification for the top 16 at the European Championship.
The Athlete of the Year title
has been awarded in Hungary since 1958.
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