Personal Information

Residence Budapest, HUN

Occupation Athlete

Languages Hungarian

Higher education Bioengineering, Psychology - Eotvos Lorand University: Budapest, HUN

License number 15031995000


World Cup3238
Athènes (GREECE), 2017-02-17Tunis (TUNISIA), 2017-05-12Gand (BELGIUM), 2015-02-20
Orléans (FRANCE), 2018-11-09Salt Lake City (USA), 2019-01-25Athènes (GREECE), 2018-03-16
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2021-03-12Batumi (GEORGIA), 2023-05-12
World Championship--11
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2015-07-13
Zone Championships-112
TORUN (POLAND), 2016-06-20Düsseldorf (GERMANY), 2019-06-17
Grand Prix-5-5
Cancun (MEXICO), 2016-12-16
Seoul (KOREA), 2017-03-31
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2017-06-02
Seoul (KOREA), 2018-03-30
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2018-05-12
Taipei (CHINESE TAIPEI), 2017-08-20

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age nine at primary school. A coach noticed her potential and suggested she join a club.

Why this sport? "There was a fencing class in primary school, and sabre was all they offered. There was no other choice. I didn't even realise there were other disciplines, but I never changed."

Club / Team BVSC Zuglo: Hungary

Name of coach Gabor Gardos [national, personal]

Handedness Right

General Interest

Nicknames Panka (BVSC-Zuglo Facebook page, 29 Oct 2021)

Hero / Idol Fencing coaches Tibor Pezsa and Gabor Gardos. (hosszabbitas.hu, 16 Mar 2015; ESCRIME XXI, 08 Mar 2012)

Injuries In December 2020 she ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her left knee while competing at the 2020 Hungarian National Championships in Budapest. She underwent surgery on the knee in September 2021. (BVSC-Zuglo Facebook page, 29 Oct 2021; nemzetisport.hu, 21 Jan 2021; mtk.hu, 16 Jan 2021)

Awards and honours In 2021 she was named Hungarian Female Fencer of the Year for the fourth time. (zuglo.hu, 22 Dec 2021; BVSC-Zuglo Facebook page, 22 Dec 2021)

Other information POSTPONED SURGERY
She ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her left knee while competing at the 2020 Hungarian National Championships but chose not to have an operation on the injury until after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I decided not to undergo surgery because it would be followed by at least eight months of rehabilitation. Everyone left the decision to me, saying that the Olympics will still be in my life, that my health is the most important thing." In early 2022 she said that her recovery was progressing well but that she did not expect to compete at the 2022 World Championships in Cairo, Egypt, with her due to give birth in May 2022. "I feel that the surgery went very well and I will do my best to make the rehabilitation as successful as possible. I could possibly have been there at the 2022 World Championships, but I will have to wait another year for sure." (index.hu, 20 Jan 2022; nemzetisport.hu, 03 Feb 2021; BVSC-Zuglo Facebook page, 29 Oct 2021)

She took a few months away from fencing after being knocked out of the round of 16 at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2019 she revealed she had begun working with a sports psychologist. "After the [2016] Olympics, I took two months out to collect my thoughts. I didn't want to think about fencing, I just had to relax and release some pressure. I really needed it. When I felt that I was ready to work again, we sat down and set the goals first. I know there are expectations, pressure from outside. To learn how to handle this, I work with a sports psychologist. I've learned a lot so far." (msn.com, 12 Apr 2019)

She believes her taller height impacts her fencing in both positive and negative ways. "Obviously it affects my speed, but I'm not slow. Being taller has its advantages, longer arms mean a longer attack and a longer lunge. But fighting against shorter opponents is one of the most difficult tasks, and I can lose my balance easily. We have worked a lot on this with coaches, but it can be difficult in the heat of a match." (msn.com, 12 Apr 2019)


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