Rezső Bartha

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameRezső•Bartha (-Dálnokfavi)
Used nameRezső•Bartha
Other namesRezső von Bartha
Born26 August 1912 in Budapest (HUN)
Died24 July 2001 in Caracas (VEN)
AffiliationsHonvéd Tiszti Vívó Klub, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary

Biography

Rezső Bartha was born into a military family. His father, Károly Bartha, was Hungary’s Minister of Defense between 1938 and 1942. Rezsö Bartha graduated from the Ludovika Military Academy in 1934. He was active in the colors of the Ludovika Akadémia SE and then the Honvéd Tiszti Vívóklub. He competed in show jumping, sport shooting, and épée fencing, and was one of the first pioneers of modern pentathlon in Hungary. In 1936 he won the Olympic qualifying competition, so he started not only in épée, but also in modern pentathlon at the Berlin Games. Due to time constraints, he was unable to take part in the team épée event.

At the end of World War II, Bartha left Hungary, first living in Belgium from 1946 and in Venezuela from 1948. In 1955, he formed the Venezuelan branch of the Fellowship of Hungarian Warriors, of which he was first secretary and then leader from 1980. Bartha was also a fencing master at the Caracas Military Academy and Central University and founded the Venezuelan Fencing Federation. The largest and most modern fencing hall in the country was named “Captain Rudolfo Bartha”.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Fencing HUN Rezső Bartha
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) =6 p4 r2/4
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Hungary DNS
Modern Pentathlon HUN Rezső Bartha
Individual, Men (Olympic) 8