Pál Koppán

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJenö Pál•Koppán
Used namePál•Koppán
Born16 May 1878 in Budapest, Budapest (HUN)
Died31 August 1951 in Budapest, Budapest (HUN)
AffiliationsMAC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


Pál Koppán was a well- known sprinter in the early 1900s in Hungary. He competed for MAC Budapest, BEAC Budapest, and later for RAC Budapest. During his career, he won two Hungarian Championships at 100 yds (1897, 1901), the Austrian Championship in 1900 at 200 m, and the Andrassy and Gerenday prizes in Hungary. At the 1900 Paris Olympics, Koppán competed not only as a sprinter (60 m, 100 m, 400 m), but also in triple jump and standing triple jump.

After his sporting carrier Koppán worked as a police officer. He started as a trainee in 1907 and retired as Head of the Administrative Division in 1934.

Personal Bests: 100y – 10.2 (1898); 400 – 54.5y (1900); TJ – 12.86 (1999).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN Pál Koppán
60 metres, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r1/2
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h2 r1/3
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 4 h2 r1/2
Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) AC
Standing Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) AC
100 metres, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 2 h3 r2/3
400 metres, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 1
Long Jump, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 1