On Saturday, the Hungarian women’s kayak four won their third consecutive gold on 500 metres. Danuta Kozák, Tamara Csipes, Anna Kárász, and Dóra Bodonyi put on a dominant performance. The women’s national water polo team performed outstandingly and got bronze today morning. Meanwhile, on Friday, two Hungarian athletes won surprise bronze medals.
According to olympics.com, the Hungarian women’s kayak four crossed the line in one minute and 35.463 seconds, powering away from the rest of the field. The second was Belarus, while the third was Poland. “Before Tokyo, they had won silver in Sydney, Athens and Beijing, before upgrading to gold in London and Rio. They had also won silver at Seoul in 1988 and gold in Barcelona 1992,” olympics.com reported.
Currently, Hungary is 12th on the medal table since the women’s national water polo team won their bronze match earlier today. They defeated the Russian Olympic team 11-9.
On Friday, Sarolta Kovács won bronze in modern pentathlon, origo.hu reported. That was a surprise because
three months ago, it was doubtful she could even continue to compete.
After her knee surgery, she did not receive blood thinners, which resulted in a thrombosis, index.hu reported. However, even though her preparation suffered significant delay, she could take part in the Olympics and will travel home with a bronze medal.
In men’s 75 kg karate,
Gábor Hárspataki contested miraculously.
He won his group, but could not defeat Rafael Agajev, who is regarded as a legend in karate and was the role model of the bronze medallist, in the semi-finals. However, this defeat meant a bronze medal for Hungary. Unfortunately, this was the first and probably last time karate was among the sports of the Olympics.