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András Balczó

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAndrás•Balczó
Used nameAndrás•Balczó
Born16 August 1938 in Kondoros (HUN)
Measurements181 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsCsepel SC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary

Biography

Hungarian András Balczó was the winner of a record five individual and five team titles in the modern pentathlon at the World Championships, winning the individual championship consecutively from 1963-1969 (it is not held in Olympic years). After placing fourth at the 1960 Olympics, Balczó won team gold and individual silver medals in 1968 and then, in 1972, he won the individual title and a silver medal in the team event for a total of five Olympic medals (three gold, two silver). Although the reigning world champion, he did not compete in the 1964 Games but his overall record is the greatest of any modern pentathlete. His best event was cross-country running. Balczó’s career was as a typewriter mechanic.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Modern Pentathlon HUN András Balczó
Individual, Men (Olympic) 4
Team, Men (Olympic) Hungary 1 Gold
1968 Summer Olympics Modern Pentathlon HUN András Balczó
Individual, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Team, Men (Olympic) Hungary 1 Gold
1972 Summer Olympics Modern Pentathlon HUN András Balczó
Individual, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Team, Men (Olympic) Hungary 2 Silver

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1960 Summer Olympics 30 August 1960 Modern Pentathlon Individual, Men (300 metre freestyle) Swimming 3:45.0 1
1972 Summer Olympics 31 August 1972 Modern Pentathlon Individual, Men (4,000 metre cross-country running) Running 12:42.6 3

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1972 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony HUN András Balczó

Olympic family relations