Zoltán Speidl

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameZoltán•Speidl
Used nameZoltán•Speidl
Born17 March 1880 in Lučenec, Banská Bystrica (SVK)
Died3 July 1917 in Budapest, Budapest (HUN)
AffiliationsBEAC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


Zoltán Speidl, who competed for BEAC Budapest, was one of the most versatile track athletes in Hungary in the early 1900s. At the 1900 Summer Olympics, he was fifth in the 800 m, but also competed in the 400 m and 200 hurdle disciplines. In 1897, he won a bronze medal in the 100 yds at the Hungarian National Championship, and in 1901 he won the national title at 440 yds. Between 1900 and 1902, he was a three-time Austrian champion in the 1,000 metres.

During his university years studying law, Speidl was secretary-general of BEAC, the captain of the football team, and a football referee. Completing his studies, he joined MÚE Budapest and worked as a lawyer for the Hungarian Railway as well as a sports journalist, serving as editor-in-chief of the newspaper Sportvilág from 1901-05. After a long illness, he passed away at the relatively young age of 37.

Personal Bests: 400 – 53.1y (1899); 800 – 2:01.1e (1900).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN Zoltán Speidl
100 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
400 metres, Men (Olympic) AC h3 r1/2
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 5
200 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 6 h2 r1/2
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) DNS
100 metres, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 3 h1 r2/3