Dezső Földes

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDezső•Földes (Grünfeld-)
Used nameDezső•Földes
Other namesDesider Foldes
Born30 December 1880 in Miskolc (HUN)
Died27 March 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
Measurements173 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsFVC, Budapest (HUN) / MAC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2


Dezső Földes fenced with the Fővárosi Vívóklub from 1901, before joining Magyar Atlétikai Club (MAC) Budapest. He was trained by the Italian Angelo Toricelli, and competed in both sabre and foil. Földes won his only Hungarian national title, at foil, in 1910, but achieved significant success at international level in the sabre, and was a member of the Hungarian team that won the Olympic title in 1908 and 1912. During his time as an active athlete, he obtained a dentistry diploma at the University of Budapest. In 1912, he emigrated to the United States and opened a sanatorium for poor people in Cleveland. He also opened two treatment centres in the American and the Hungarian sectors. Földes was a member of the jury for the sabre events at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Fencing HUN Dezső Földes
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 6 p7 r1/4
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) =5 p1 r3/4
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Hungary 1 Gold
1912 Summer Olympics Fencing HUN Dezső Földes
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNF p4 r3/4
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) 8
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Hungary 1 Gold