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Katalin Kovács

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 5
Bronze 0
Total 8
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameKatalin•Kovács
Used nameKatalin•Kovács
Born29 February 1976 in Budapest (HUN)
Measurements173 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsÚjpesti TE, Budapest (HUN) / MTK, Budapest (HUN)
NOC(s) Hungary

Biography

Katalin Kovács started canoeing with her sisters and first competed for Budapesti Spartacus SC. She won her first medals at the 1993 European Junior Championships with silver in K-2 500 as well as in K-4 500 and became a member of the national team in 1995. In 1996 she was already nominated as a reserve for the Atlanta Olympics and in 1997, after changing to Újpesti TE, won her first medals on the senior level with two silvers at the European Championships as well as one silver at the World Championships. She won her first World title with gold in the 1998 K-4 200 metres. Her first Olympic medals came in 2000 when she won two silver medals. The following years she won nine gold medals at the 2001, 2002, and 2003 World Championships and for the 2004 Olympics she paired with Natasa Janics. This partnership resulted in Kovács’ first Olympic gold medal when they won the K-2 500 metres.

At the next two World Championships Kovács and Janics won three gold medals in 2005 and six gold medals in 2006, all in K-2 or K-4 events. At the 2006 European Championships they also won six golds in K-2 and K-4 events, in the 200 m, 500 m, and 1000 m. They did not compete together at the 2007 Worlds – nevertheless Kovács also won two gold and two silver – but paired again for the 2008 Olympics. In Beijing they successfully defended their K-2 500 m title and were also members of the silver medal winning K-4 500 m team. At the following two Worlds Kovács won two K-1 titles in 2009 and, with Janics, two more golds in 2009 and 2010. When Janics took a break in 2011 due to pregnancy, Kovács paired with Danuta Kozák for the Worlds and again won two gold medals. In total Kovács has collected 31 gold, six silver, and three bronze medals at the World Championships and 26 golds and 17 silvers at the European Championships.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
2000 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women Olympic Szilvia Szabó 2 Silver Representing Hungary    
  Kayak Fours, 500 metres, Women Olympic Hungary 2 Silver
2004 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women Olympic Natasa Janics 1 Gold Representing Hungary    
  Kayak Fours, 500 metres, Women Olympic Hungary 2 Silver
2008 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Women Olympic 4 Representing Hungary    
  Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women Olympic Natasa Janics 1 Gold
  Kayak Fours, 500 metres, Women Olympic Hungary 2 Silver
2012 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women Olympic Natasa Dusev-Janics 2 Silver Representing Hungary    
  Kayak Fours, 500 metres, Women Olympic Hungary 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2004 Summer Olympics 24 August 2004 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women Round One, Heat One 1:38.606 1
2004 Summer Olympics 28 August 2004 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Women Final Round 1:38.101 1

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