Éva Székely Bio – Wiki
Éva Székely was a Hungarian swimmer. Székely was born on 3 April 1927 in Budapest, Hungary. She won the gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki and the silver medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Székely held the first world record in the 400 m individual medley in 1953.
She died on 29 February 2020 at the age of 92.
— Konsiczky Zoltán (@KonsiczkyZ) February 29, 2020
Éva Székely won the gold medal in the 200m breaststroke at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, and four years later in Melbourne, she won the same number of silver medals.
Earlier in 1941 Székely set a national speed record, although she was barely allowed to start because she was a Jew. She was excluded from competition for the next four years and survived the Holocaust partly because she was a famous swimmer.
Her daughter, Andrea Gyarmati was a backstroke and butterfly swimmer who won two medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Her former husband Dezső Gyarmati is multiple Olympic champions in water polo.
After retiring from competitions Székely worked as a pharmacist and swimming coach, training her daughter among others. In 1976 she was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. She wrote three books, one of which was translated into other languages.
- Only winners are allowed to cry! (Sírni csak a győztesnek szabad!) Budapest, 1981, Magvető Kiadó
- I came, I saw, I lost? (Jöttem, láttam… Vesztettem?) Budapest, 1986, Magvető Kiadó
- I Swam It/I Survived (Megúsztam) Budapest, 1989, Sport Kiadó
Since ending her swimming career, Szekely—who is a pharmacist by profession—has published literary works. Her first literary venture—a short story entitled “The True, Great Love of My Life in Water”—was published in the 1977–1978 yearbook of the Jewish community, a renowned repository of scholarly articles and works of fiction.
Husband & Children
She married Dezs Gyarmati. The couple have a child named Andrea Gyarmati.
Éva Székely Died
The Olympic champion swimmer Eva Székely, an Athlete of the Nation, died at the age of 92, written by the Hungarian Swimming Association.