Pál Simon

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePál János•Simon
Used namePál•Simon
Born16 March 1883 in Budapest, Budapest (HUN)
Died15 January 1956 in Budapest, Budapest (HUN)
Measurements182 cm / 76 kg
AffiliationsMAC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Pál Simon started his sporting career as a footballer but competed as a sprinter with Magyar Atlétikai Club (MAC) from 1903. In 1908 he reached the peak of his career, when he won 22 races and established himself as the best sprinter in Central Europe. Simon won the national 100 and 220 yard titles of Hungary, the Austrian 100 yard title and the 100 and 200 metre titles in the Czechoslovakia. At the 1908 Olympics, Simon was a member of the Hungarian bronze medal-winning relay team. He successfully defended his two Hungarian sprint titles in 1909, and defeated the South African Olympic champion, Reggie Walker. Simon withdrew from active racing in 1910 and took part in the MAC leadership. After World War I, until 1922, he was in a Russian prison camp, and after returning home, continued his involvement in Hungarian athletics.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.0 (1908); 200 – 23.0 (1908).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN Pál Simon
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 h11 r1/3
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 4 h10 r1/3
1,600 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) Hungary 3 Bronze