Mór Kóczán

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMóric "Mór"•Kóczán
Used nameMór•Kóczán
Other namesMiklós Kovács
Born8 January 1885 in Kocs (HUN)
Died30 July 1972 in Alsógöd (HUN)
Measurements185 cm
AffiliationsBTC, Budapest (HUN) / Ferencvárosi TC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Czechoslovakia Hungary
Nationality Slovakia


Mór Kóczán started his sports career in Pápa, where he also completed theological studies. Due to his outstanding athletic achievements, he joined the Budapest Torna Club (BTC), and then FTC. He competed in javelin, discus and shot under the pseudonym Miklós Kovács. He took part in the 1908 London and 1912 Stockholm Olympics, and in the latter of the two years, won a bronze medal, and became the first non-Scandinavian to win an Olympic javelin medal. Kóczán was the first English (AAA) javelin champion in 1914, Hungarian champion in 1916 and was Czechoslovakian champion in 1920. In 1924, at the age of 40, he participated in the Paris Olympics, representing Czechoslovakia.

In 1907, Kóczán became a clergyman and pastor, and after World War II settled in Hungary in Göd, where he worked as a pastor. He lived the remainder of his life in Göd, where he actively participated in local sporting activities.

Personal Bests: SP – unknown; DT – 39.09 (1910); JT – 59.71 (1914).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN SVK Miklós Kovács
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) AC
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) AC
Discus Throw, Greek Style, Men (Olympic) AC
Javelin Throw, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) AC
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN SVK Miklós Kovács
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 33
Discus Throw, Both Hands, Men (Olympic) DNS
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Javelin Throw, Both Hands, Men (Olympic) 12
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics TCH SVK Miklós Kovács
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 23