László Magdics

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLászló•Magdics (Mátrai-)
Used nameLászló•Magdics
Born23 December 1902 in Kecskemét, Bács-Kiskun (HUN)
Died30 July 1972 in Budapest, Budapest (HUN)
AffiliationsMAFC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


László Magdics was an athlete of the MAFC between 1923 and 1930, primarily as a mid-distance runner. In 1927 he won the Hungarian championship in the 800-meter and a year later he participated in the first World College Championship in Rome, finishing in the first place in the so-called Swedish relay. He was a member of the 4x400 relay at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.

Magdics stopped racing early for health reasons, but did not break away from athletics and worked as a judge for decades. Even on the day of his death, he officiated at the Budapest Youth Championship, but on his return home he was involved in a fatal tram accident. His civilian profession was mechanical engineering, and his son became a renowned sports photographer.

Personal Best: 400 – 50.0 (1928).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN László Magdics
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h13 r1/4
800 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Hungary 3 h1 r1/2

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