Oszkár Abay-Nemes

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameOszkár•Abay-Nemes
Used nameOszkár•Abay-Nemes
Born22 September 1913 in Veľký Diosek, Trnava (SVK)
Died30 January 1959 in Pécs, Baranya (HUN)
AffiliationsPécsi AC, Pécs (HUN)
NOC Hungary
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Oszkár Abay-Nemes was a swimmer of the Pécsi Athletic Club (PAC). In 1933, he won the national championship in the 200 freestyle and was selected to the national team for the World College Games, where he won a gold medal as a member of the 4×200 relay team. Next year he finished third in the 100 m freestyle among college students. In 1935, when he graduated with honors from the law faculty of the University of Pécs, he was selected for the Olympic team.

In 1936, he participated in the Berlin Olympics, where he finished seventh in his semi-final of the 100 metres freestyle and did not qualify for the final. With the 4x200 m relay, they broke the European record and finished third.

In 1941, at the age of twenty-eight, he finished his sports career and started to work as a lawyer. He was still present in the organization of swimming, dealing with the swimmers of Pécs Kinizsi. After the difficult years of the war, Abay-Nemes started a career politics and won a mandate in the 1947 elections. After the fall of the 1956 revolution, he was the lawyer of the Pécs revolutionaries. Because of his successful work, he was constantly harassed and monitored, and in 1958 he was declared unfit to perform his work and banned from his profession.

After a few months of unemployment, with the help of his friends, he got a job as a miner. Here he suffered a serious industrial accident in the mine, and despite careful hospital treatment, he died couple months later.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) HUN Oszkár Abay-Nemes
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 7 h2 r2/3
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Hungary 3 Bronze

Special Notes


Hungarian sources spell his name without a dash.