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Gyula Zsivótzky

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGyula•Zsivótzky
Used nameGyula•Zsivótzky
Born25 February 1937 in Budapest (HUN)
Died29 September 2007 in Budapest (HUN)
Measurements190 cm / 102 kg
AffiliationsÚjpesti TE, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary

Biography

Gyula Zsivótzky was one of the world’s best hammer throwers in the 1960s. Competing in four Olympics, he won a silver medal in 1960 and 1964 before upgrading to gold at the 1968 Games. He won this title with a distance of 73.76, improving his own world record (set in 1965) by two centimetres. Zsivótzky medalled three times at the European Championships: gold (1962), silver (1966) and bronze (1958), also winning three Universiad titles (1959, 1961 and 1965). The 13-fold Hungarian champion (1958-70) retired in 1973 to work in the clothing industry. He married Olympic high jumper Magdolna Komkané Csábi and they had two sons, who both became athletes as well. Gyula Junior became a football player, while Attila became a three time Olympian in the decathlon. Zsivótzky was also active as a sports administrator. He became a member of the Hungarian NOC in 1988, and was vice-president of his athletic club, Újpesti TE.

Personal Best: HT – 73.76 (1968).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN Gyula Zsivótzky
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN Gyula Zsivótzky
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN Gyula Zsivótzky
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics HUN Gyula Zsivótzky
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 5

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1968 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony HUN Gyula Zsivótzky

Olympic family relations

Special Notes