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László Szentgróthy

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLászló (Lajos)•Szentgróthy (Setét-, Sötét-)
Used nameLászló•Szentgróthy
Other namesLajos Sötét
Born11 October 1891 in Esztergom (HUN)
AffiliationsMAFC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


László Szentgróthy was born as Lajos Setét, but because of his career as an athlete he took a new name. In the colors of MAFC, in 1911, he won second place at the national championship in the 100 yd freestyle. In 1912, Szentgróthy competed in the 100 m freestyle and backstroke at the Stockholm Olympics. In 1913, he won the Hungarian title in the 100 yd freestyle.

In addition to swimming, Szentgróthy also took part in the management of MAFC. In World War I, he fought on the Northern front. After the war, he first worked as a chemical engineer in Târgu-Mureş and Bucareşti (both in Rumania). During this time, he was rumored to have participated at the 1920 Olympics for Romania, but he disputed that charge, and there is no evidence of it. Szentgróthy returned to Budapest In 1924.

Personal bests: 100 yd freestyle – 57.4 (1913), 100 m backstroke – 1:20.0 (1912)


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) HUN László Szentgróthy
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 3 h8 r1/4
100 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 4 h1 r2/3