Ernő Kolczonay

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErnő•Kolczonay
Used nameErnő•Kolczonay
Born15 May 1953 in Budapest (HUN)
Died4 October 2009 in Budapest (HUN)
Measurements175 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsBudapesti Honvéd Sportegyesület/Fless Vívóiskola és Sport Club
NOC Hungary


Originally a foil fighter, Ernő Kolczonay switched to the épée with great success, winning medals at European Championships (two), World Championships (six) and Olympic Games (two). His only international title came in 1978, when the Hungarian épée squad won the world title. A year later, Kolczonay gained a silver medal in the individual competition, repeating that result at the Olympics a year later. In 1982, he also placed second in the individual event at the European Championships. Although with less success, Kolczonay continued to fence into the 1990s, finishing out his career with a second Olympic medal with the Hungarian team in Barcelona. He remained active in the fencing scene, working as a coach in both Hungary and Greece. Suffering from a liver ailment, Kolczonay was waiting for a transplant when he died at age 56.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1980 Summer Olympics Fencing HUN Ernő Kolczonay
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Hungary 6
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Hungary 8
1988 Summer Olympics Fencing HUN Ernő Kolczonay
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 10
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Hungary 6
1992 Summer Olympics Fencing HUN Ernő Kolczonay
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Hungary 2 Silver

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