György Tumpek

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGyörgy•Tumpek
Used nameGyörgy•Tumpek
Other namesGyörgy Tumpeck
Born12 January 1929 in Kispest (HUN)
Died21 December 2022 in Szigethalom (HUN)
AffiliationsBHSE, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


György Tumpek started to swim competitively only at the age of 16, first in the colors of Csepeli MTK, then with Mávag. His best results were from 1949 to 1958 when he joined Budapesti Honvéd.

Between 1950 and 1957, Tumpek won 10 Hungarian championships in the 100 and 200 butterflys. He set seven world records and six European records. From 1950-58, he earned 14 international caps. In 1951, in Berlin, he won the World College Championships in the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 3x100 metre medley relay. He would have contended for medals at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, but due to negative comments about Soviet competitors, he was not selected.

In 1954, Tumpek won the European Championship in the 200 metre butterfly in Torino, and the 100 and 200 butterflys and medley relay at the World College Championships in Budapest. He finished third in the 200 butterfly at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. At the 1958 European Championships in Budapest, he won a silver medal in the relay and was eighth in the 200 butterfly.

Tumpek retired from competitive sports in 1958. He was already a member of the Sports Squadron since 1949, and then became a professional soldier. In 1971, he obtained a professional coaching certificate. He was the coach of Honvéd for 20 years and head of the methodology sub-department. He retired in 1977, then from 1978-88 was the head coach of FTC and of the Vasas youth team. Tumpek was selected to the Halls of Fame of Budapest Honvéd and Hungarian Swimming.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) HUN György Tumpek
200 metres Butterfly, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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