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Béla Las-Torres

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameBéla•Las-Torres
Used nameBéla•Las-Torres
Other namesBéla von Las-Torres
Born20 April 1890 in Budapest (HUN)
Died13 October 1915 in Herceg Novi (MNE)
AffiliationsBEAC, Budapest (HUN) / MTK, Budapest (HUN)
NOC(s) Hungary

Biography

Béla von Las-Torres was from a noble Spanish family but they emigrated to Austria during the War of the Spanish Succession in the early 18th century. Von Las-Torres swam multiple events at both the 1908 and 1912 Olympics, winning a silver in the 4x200 freestyle relay in 1908. He won 18 Hungarian swimming titles, and in June 1912 swam 400 metres in 5:28.4 at a meet in Budapest to break the world record.

During World War I von Las-Torres served in the Austrian Air Force at the Kuk Lufttfahrtuppen Air Force Base. He earned the Sigum Laudis (Austrian Military Merit Medal) for his services during the war. During October 1915 von Las-Torres developed an attack of acute appendicitis, and never recovered, dying on 12 October 1915.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1908 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 4 h1 r2/3 Representing Hungary    
  1,500 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS
  4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Olympic Hungary 2 Silver
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS Representing Hungary    
  400 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 5
  1,500 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic AC r3/3
  4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Olympic Hungary 2 h1 r1/2

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