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Béla Békessy

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBéla•Békessy
Used nameBéla•Békessy
Born16 November 1875 in Debrecen (HUN)
Died6 July 1916 in Volyn-Podilsk Upland, Volyn (UKR)
AffiliationsMAC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC(s) Hungary


Béla Bekéssy competed with all three fencing weapons at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, winning a silver medal with his best weapon, the sabre. He was trained by László Borsody and Italo Santelli. Békessy won multiple Hungarian titles between 1901-07, and was also Hungarian dressage champion in 1907.

In World War I Békessy joined the 2nd Hussars Regiment where he served on the Russian Front. For his actions in taking over 200 Russian prisoners-of-war and securing a cache of secret Russian documents he was given the Hungarian Iron Crown for bravery. Shortly after that he was killed in action in Volyn-Podilsk Upland in the Ukraine. Békessy is remembered by an annual fencing tournament in his honor in Hungary.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1912 Summer Olympics Fencing Foil, Individual, Men Olympic 7 Representing Hungary    
  Épée, Individual, Men Olympic =7 p15 r1/4
  Sabre, Individual, Men Olympic 2 Silver

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