Personal Information

Family Wife Betti Szanto

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, French, Hungarian

Higher education International Relations - Eotvos Lorand University: Budapest, HUN

License number 14011990000


World Cup76518
Athènes (GREECE), 2011-04-28Chicago (USA), 2013-05-03Istanbul (TURKEY), 2008-01-19
Chicago (USA), 2012-06-22Budapest (HUNGARY), 2014-11-21Madrid (SPAIN), 2013-02-08
Athènes (GREECE), 2013-04-26Padoue (ITALY), 2016-01-29Padoue (ITALY), 2013-02-15
Padoue (ITALY), 2014-02-14Varsovie (POLAND), 2017-02-24Varsovie (POLAND), 2015-02-20
Athènes (GREECE), 2014-04-25Padoue (ITALY), 2018-02-02Madrid (SPAIN), 2017-05-19
Varsovie (POLAND), 2020-02-21Madrid (SPAIN), 2019-05-10
Luxembourg (LUXEMBOURG), 2020-03-06
World Championship--11
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2013-08-05
Zone Championships1113
Montreux (SWITZERLAND), 2015-06-08Tbilisi (GEORGIA), 2017-06-15Sheffield (GREAT BRITAIN), 2011-07-14
Grand Prix26715
Padoue (ITALY), 2010-05-28Budapest (HUNGARY), 2012-03-03Las Vegas (USA), 2008-06-21
Seoul (KOREA), 2018-03-30Budapest (HUNGARY), 2014-03-08Padoue (ITALY), 2009-05-29
Boston (USA), 2015-12-12Tunis (TUNISIA), 2010-03-21
Cancun (MEXICO), 2017-12-15Budapest (HUNGARY), 2013-03-09
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2019-02-22New York (USA), 2014-12-13
Seoul (KOREA), 2019-04-26Moscow (RUSSIA), 2015-05-29
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2017-06-02
Olympic Games2--2
Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2012-07-29
Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2016-08-10

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport at age nine at Vasas SC in Budapest, Hungary.

Why this sport? His mother took him to the Vasas fencing club in Budapest, Hungary.

Club / Team Vasas SC: Budapest, HUN

Name of coach Andras Decsi [national], HUN

Handedness Right

General Interest

Most influential person in career His first trainer Gyorgy Gerevich. (Athlete, 03 Oct 2011)

Hero / Idol Hungarian fencers Aladar Gerevich and Gyorgy Gerevich. (Athlete, 03 Oct 2011)

Injuries He injured his right ankle while competing at the 2015 European Championships in Montreux, Switzerland. (beac.hu, 15 Jun 2015)

Sporting philosophy / motto "I've been around for 20 years and I know that fencing will never be at the same level of popularity in Hungary as football or tennis or swimming. But I never started competing or became an Olympic champion to become famous. I fence because I love it, and I enjoy what I do. Our sport must become more marketable and accessible to the public [in order to grow], at the moment this is perhaps the greatest challenge for fencing." (origo.hu, 24 Jun 2019)

Awards and honours He was named the 2016 Male Athlete of the Year in Hungary. (indialivetoday.com, 13 Jan 2017)

He was flag bearer for Hungary at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (fie.org, 05 Aug 2016)

In 2012 he was named an honorary citizen of both Budapest and Hevizgyork in Hungary. He also received a Hungarian Order of Merit in the same year. (Facebook page, 30 Mar 2016)

He was named Hungarian Fencer of the Year in 2011 and 2012. (Facebook page, 30 Mar 2016)

Ambitions To win individual and team gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (origo.hu, 24 Jun 2019; 24.hu, 19 Mar 2017)

At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo he is aiming to become the first fencer from any nation to win three individual sabre Olympic gold medals. He also believes the Hungarian men's sabre team have their strongest chance of winning their first Olympic title since the 1988 Games. "I'm extremely motivated to win a third Olympic gold in 2020. But besides this, our team has matured and there is a real chance for a medal. If I could win a team Olympic gold to go with three individual golds, that would be the ultimate." (origo.hu, 24 Jun 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 24 Jun 2019)

Speaking in 2018 he said his fencing style had adapted in line with international fencing trends. "My great strength is my footwork, so I prefer longer duels as it allows me time to develop my game. However, the experience of international competitions shows that the trend is actually the opposite - 80 to 90% of fencers move in very quickly, and there is not much time to develop your action. Opponents lunge and you have to react very quickly, but fortunately I can adapt to this style. I have been fencing since I was nine, but there is always room for improvement, whether in terms of rhythm, speed, timing or foot work." (molcsapat.hu, 25 Feb 2018)

In January 2017 he was elected president of the International Fencing Federation [FIE] Athletes' Commission. (fie.org, 04 Jan 2017)


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