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OPEN WATER HEROES


Éva Risztov receives her gold medal


GOLDEN 


When Éva Risztov retired in 2005, it seemed that gold medal glory in London would remain a dream – yet it became a reality.


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COME-BACK GIRL


For those who follow swimming it perhaps shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that a Hungarian dashed the home


crowd’s hopes by taking an emphatic victory in the 2012 Olympic Marathon Swim. Hungary, while perhaps bet er known for its water polo prowess, has produced a long history of world class swimmers, dating back to the fi rst modern Olympics, where Alfred Hajos took home two of the three gold medals available, by winning both the 100m and the 1,200m freestyle – both events incidentally swum in open water. In 2012, two of Risztov’s compatriots collected medals in the pool; Daniel Gyurta won the men’s 200m breast stroke and Lazlo Cseh


Éva Risztov


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