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Tamás Darnyi

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameTamás•Darnyi
Used nameTamás•Darnyi
Nick/petnamesPuci
Born3 June 1967 in Budapest (HUN)
Measurements186 cm / 82 kg
AffiliationsÚjpesti TE, Budapest (HUN)
NOC(s) Hungary

Biography

Possibly one of the greatest medley swimmers of all time, Tamás Darnyi dominated his speciality between 1985 and 1992. He won the 200/400 m medley double at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, the 1986 and 1991 World Championships, and the 1985, 1987 and 1989 European Championships. He also won a European title in the 200 m butterfly, and a world bronze in the same event. A teen talent, Darnyi might have competed at the 1984 Olympics, but both the Eastern European boycott and a personal accident prevented this. He was hit by a snowball in the left eye, which left him blind in one eye. After recovering, he started an unbeaten streak in medley events that lasted from 1985 to 1993. During that period, he bettered the World Record in both medley events three times. After his final European title in 1993 (400 medley), he retired and managed a Budapest sports school.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1988 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Backstroke, Men Olympic AC Representing Hungary    
  200 metres Individual Medley, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  400 metres Individual Medley, Men Olympic 1 Gold
1992 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Individual Medley, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Hungary    
  400 metres Individual Medley, Men Olympic 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1988 Summer Olympics 20 September 1988 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Individual Medley, Men Round One, Heat Five 4:16.55 1
1988 Summer Olympics 21 September 1988 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Individual Medley, Men Final 4:14.75 WR 1
1988 Summer Olympics 25 September 1988 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Individual Medley, Men Final 2:00.17 WR 1
1992 Summer Olympics 27 July 1992 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Individual Medley, Men Final 4:14.23 1

Special Notes