István Déván

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
Full nameIstván (Stefan von)•Déván
Used nameIstván•Déván
Other namesŠtefan Déván
Born4 November 1890 in Bratislava (SVK)
Died20 April 1977 in Kempten, Bayern (GER)
Measurements170 cm / 61 kg
AffiliationsMAC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


István Déván was one of only a few athletes who competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games before World War II. In 1912 at Stockholm he reached the semi-finals of the 200 metres and also took part in the 400 and the 4 x 400 relay.

In 1924 at Chamonix Déván was 31st in the 18 km cross-country and also competed in Nordic combined. He became Hungarian Champion in Nordic combined in 1912, in the five-man bob in 1914, and in speed skating in 1922 over 500, 1,500, and 5K. As a track athlete Déván was Hungarian Champion at 440 yards in 1912, and in the 400 and 800 metres in 1915. The all-around sportsman also won the 1926 national motorcycle race over 100 km. From 1945, he lived in Germany under the Germanized name Stefan von Devan and in 1953 published the “Devan Athletics Service,” a worldwide athletics newsletter.

Personal Bests: 200 – 22.3 (1912); 400 – 50.6 (1913).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN István Déván
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 4 h6 r2/3
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h5 r1/3
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Hungary 3 h3 r1/2
1924 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) HUN István Déván
18 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 31
Nordic Combined (Skiing) HUN István Déván
Individual, Men (Olympic) DNF
Ski Jumping (Skiing) HUN István Déván
Large Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNS