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HungaryHungary, HUN


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
03 May 1989
175 cm
English, French, Hungarian
Higher education
Psychology - University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age five in Baja, Hungary.
Why this sport?
She was made to learn how to swim and stayed in the sport afterwards.
Club / Team
Iron Swim: Budapest, HUN
Name of coach
Arpad Petrov [club], from 2018

General Interest

Katka, Iron Lady (, 10 Nov 2013; NF, 24 Mar 2007)
Most influential person in career
Her grandfather Laszlo Bakos. (, 11 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Lebron James. (, 18 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named International Swimming Federation [FINA] Female Swimmer of the Year in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. (, 16 Dec 2018;, 11 Jul 2017)

She was named European Swimming League [LEN] Female Swimmer of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015. (, 07 Jan 2016)

She was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Hungarian Olympic Committee in 2009, 2013 and 2014. (, 20 Dec 2014;, 01 Oct 2010)
Famous relatives
Her father Istvan was a basketball player who received 200 caps with the Hungarian national team. Her older brothers have played professional basketball in Hungary. (, 15 Apr 2015; NF, 24 Mar 2007)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 30 Jul 2017)
Other information
In February 2019 she became an ambassador for the International Swimming League [ISL]. "We are heading forward to an exciting period, I am happy to participate in the changes of my sport. Earlier I already mentioned some issues and fields to be improved. For me it was always significant to promote the swimmers' interest, since we are the most important players in this sport. Konstantin [Grigorishin, ISL founder] and his ISL stand for the same values about the future of swimming as me. We both believe that there are many new opportunities in swimming that can be developed for the sport by working with committed and experienced professionals." (, 18 Feb 2019)

In August 2018 she founded the Iron Swim club in Budapest, Hungary. "The love of water and swimming has been decisive in my childhood. It has given me so much pleasure in the sport and movement that I have been aiming for. I would like this experience to reach as many people as possible." (, 16 Dec 2018;, 25 Nov 2018)

In 2017 she set up the Global Association of Professional Swimmers [GAPS]. The union, which had the support of 29 professional swimmers from around the globe on its launch, aims to give athletes a voice on the direction the sport is heading and any future rule changes. (, 20 Oct 2017, 21 Jun 2017)