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Béla Las-Torres

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Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBéla Vilmos Ákos•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 Hungary


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.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) HUN Béla Las-Torres
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 4 h1 r2/3
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Hungary 2 Silver
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) HUN Béla Las-Torres
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
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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