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László Magdics

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLászló•Magdics (Mátrai-)
Used nameLászló•Magdics
Born27 December 1902 in Kecskemét (HUN)
Died30 July 1972 in Budapest (HUN)
AffiliationsMAFC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


László Magdics was an athlete of the MAFC between 1923 and 1930, primarily as a mid-distance runner. In 1927 he won the Hungarian championship in the 800-meter and a year later he participated in the first World College Championship in Rome, finishing in the first place in the so-called Swedish relay. He was a member of the 4x400 relay at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.

Magdics stopped racing early for health reasons, but did not break away from athletics and worked as a judge for decades. Even on the day of his death, he officiated at the Budapest Youth Championship, but on his return home he was involved in a fatal tram accident. His civilian profession was mechanical engineering, and his son became a renowned sports photographer.

Personal Best: 400 – 50.0 (1928).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN László Magdics
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h13 r1/4
800 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Hungary 3 h1 r1/2

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