Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted

Sport: Swimming
Inducted: 1981
Country: Hungary
Born: February 1, 1878 in Budapest, Hungary
Died: November 1955

Competing in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, in
1896, Alfred Hajos-Guttmann was the first-ever Olympic swimming
champion and the first Hungarian Olympic gold medalist. He won two gold medals in Athens: the 100-Meter Freestyle (1:22.2), and 1,200-Meter Freestyle (18:22.2).

Years later, Hajos-Guttmann became a world renowned architect, specializing in sport facilities. In a special arts competition at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, he was awarded an Olympic silver medal for architecture, the highest honor presented in that competition. He is also a recipient of the Olympic Diploma of Merit.

In 1885 and 1886, Hajos-Guttmann was 100-Meter European Swimming Champion. A versatile athlete, he won Hungary’s 100-Meter Sprint (track) Championship in 1898, as well as the National 400-Meter Hurdles and Discus titles. He also played forward on
Hungary’s national soccer championship teams of 1901, 1902, and 1903.

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