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János Garay

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJános•Garay
Used nameJános•Garay
Other namesJános Garai
Born23 February 1889 in Budapest (HUN)
Died3 May 1945 in Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp (AUT)
AffiliationsNVC, (HUN) / Tisza István Vívóklub, (HUN)
NOC(s) Hungary


In addition to his three Olympic medals, János Garay was the 1925 European Champion in individual sabre and was Hungarian national sabre champion in 1923. As a Jew, János was deported to the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in 1944. There he was a prominent detainee and a Nazi hostage in their negotiations with the Soviets. He was kept in a very small bunker and died in 1945 as “death case # 14271,” his death officially declared as due to cardiac insufficiency. He was the father-in-law of Valéria Gyenge, who later moved to Canada and became a famous photographer.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1924 Summer Olympics Fencing Sabre, Individual, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Hungary    
  Sabre, Team, Men Olympic Hungary 2 Silver
1928 Summer Olympics Fencing Sabre, Team, Men Olympic Hungary 1 Gold Representing Hungary    

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