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Lajos Gönczy

Biographical information

Medals OG IG
Gold 0 0
Silver 0 1
Bronze 1 0
Total 1 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events), Competed in Intercalated Games
Full nameLajos•Gönczy (Grőn-)
Used nameLajos•Gönczy
Born24 February 1881 in Szeged (HUN)
Died4 December 1915 in Doberdò del Lago, Gorizia (ITA)
AffiliationsBEAC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


Lajos Gönczy graduated from secondary school in 1899 and then studied law at Pázmány Péter University. While in Budapest he joined the Budapesti Egyetemi Atlétikai Club (BEAC). Gönczy competed at three Olympics as a high jumper. He was Hungarian Champion in the high jump in 1904 and 1905, and in 1904 broke the Hungarian record with an effort of 1.82 m. Gönczy retired from athletics in 1910 and returned to his hometown of Szeged where he became a magistrate.

At the beginning of World War I Gönczy was mobilized with the 46th Honved Infantry Brigade, and was sent to the Italian front. He was killed during the Battle of Galicia and buried in the 17th division cemetery in the Vallone Valley. In the 1930s the graveyard was removed to make way for a housing development and nothing is known of what became of the buried remains, including Gönczy’s.

Personal Best: HJ – 1.82 (1902).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN Lajos Gönczy
High Jump, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
High Jump, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) AC
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN Lajos Gönczy
High Jump, Men (Olympic) 4
Standing High Jump, Men (Olympic) 5
High Jump, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 2
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics HUN Lajos Gönczy
High Jump, Men (Intercalated) 2 Silver
Standing High Jump, Men (Intercalated) 5
Long Jump, Men (Intercalated) DNS
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN Lajos Gönczy
High Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Standing High Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS

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