József Sarlós

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJózsef•Sarlós (Starkbauer-)
Used nameJózsef•Sarlós
Born8 July 1909 in Štúrovo (SVK)
Died9 July 1996 in Budapest (HUN)
AffiliationsTFSE, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


József Sarlós started his sports career as a gymnast in high school. He continued his studies at the Teacher Training Institute in Esztergom, and then in the College of Physical Education in Budapest. Between 1927 and 1938 Sarlós competed for TFSE (Testnevelési Főiskola Sport Egylet). He won the national championship title on rings in 1933 and in the floor exercise a year later. Between 1933 and 1935 he won the Hungarian championship three times in the team event, and he earned seven caps from 1933-36.

In 1934, Sarlós placed fifth with the team and on rings at the World Championship. In 1935, he finished first with the team at the Universiade and was second in the individual all-around. He was a member of the Hungarian team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, finishing seventh.

In 1933, Sarlós became a physical education teacher, initially in Mátyásföld, and after World War II he moved to Czechoslovakia, first to Galgóc and then Komárom. At the time of the construction of the Ironworks in Eastern Slovakia, he was a manual worker in Szepsi, where he later worked as a teacher in a Hungarian-language grammar school until his retirement.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) HUN József Sarlós
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 71
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Hungary 7
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 72
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) 70
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 75
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =50
Rings, Men (Olympic) =23
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 81