Famous Hungarian Jewish athletes

Famous Hungarian Jewish athletes

Hungary’s Jewish athletes has always achieved amazing results in sports. Although we cannot present all of Hungary’s Jewish athletes here, we would like to remember some of them whom we are very proud of.

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Lajos Steiner

Hungarian–born Australian chess master.
In 1923, Lajos Steiner (1903 – 1975) tied for 4-5th in Vienna. In 1925 he took 2nd, behind Sándor Takács, in Budapest. In 1927, he won in Schandau and tied for 2nd-3rd in Kecskemét. In 1927/28, he took 2nd. In 1929, he took 2nd in Bradley Beach. In 1931, he won in Budapest (HUN-ch), took 5th in Vienna, and tied for 5-6th in Berlin. The event was won by Herman Steiner. In 1932/33, he tied for 3rd-4th in Hastings (Salo Flohr won). In 1933, he tied for 2nd-3rd in Maehrisch-Ostrau (Ostrava). The event was won by Ernst Grünfeld. In 1933, he took 4th in Budapest. In 1934, he tied for 1st-2nd with Vasja Pirc in Maribor (Marburg). In 1935, he tied for 1st-2nd with Erich Eliskases in Vienna (the 18th Trebitsch Memorial). In 1935, he tied for 5-6th in Łódź (Savielly Tartakower won) and took 4th in Tatatovaros (László Szabó won). In 1936, he won, with Mieczysław Najdorf, in Budapest (HUN-ch). In 1937, he took 2nd in Brno, and took 3rd in Zoppot. In 1937/38, he won in Vienna (the 20th Trebitsch Memorial). In 1938, he tied for 3rd-4th in Ljubljana (Laibach). The event was won by Borislav Kostić. In 1938, he tied for 8-9th in Łódź where Pirc won. Lajos Steiner played a few matches. In 1930, he lost to Isaac Kashdan. In 1934, he won against Pál Réthy. In 1935, he won against Henri Grob. He played for Hungary in four Chess Olympiads: In 1931, he played at second board at 4th Chess Olympiad in Prague. In 1933, he played at second board at 5th Chess Olympiad in Folkestone. In 1935, he played at first board at 6th Chess Olympiad in Warsaw. In 1936, he played at second board at 3rd unofficial Chess Olympiad in Munich. He won individual bronze medal in Prague, and team gold medal and individual silver medal in Munich. Steiner emigrated to Australia in 1939. He won the Australian Chess Championship four times in 1945, 1946/47, 1952/53, and 1958/59. He also won nine of his ten attempts at the New South Wales title (1940–41, 1943, 1944, 1945–46, 1953, 1955, 1958). He took 3rd in Karlovy Vary – Mariánské Lázně in 1948. The event was won by Jan Foltys. He took 19th at the 1st Interzonal Tournament in Saltsjöbaden in 1948. The event was won by David Bronstein. He was awarded the International Master (IM) title in 1950.

Lajos Fischer

Footballer who played for VAC and Hakoah Vienna.
Lajos Fischer (1902 – 1978) was a Hungarian footballer who played for VAC and Hakoah Vienna, and made appearances for the Hungarian national team. Fischer played as a goalkeeper for American Soccer League sides Brooklyn Wanderers and Hakoah All-Stars.

Ágnes Keleti

Olympic artistic gymnast and coach
She won ten Olympic medals at Summer Olympics in 1956. She is one of the most successful Jewish Olympic athletes of all time.
  Ágnes Keleti was born as Ágnes Klein on 9th January 1921. She is a Hungarian-Israeli retired artistic gymnast and coach. While representing Hungary in the Summer Olympics, she won 10 Olympic medals including five gold medals, and is considered to be one of the most successful Jewish Olympic athletes of all time. She was the most successful athlete at the 1956 Summer Olympics. In 1957, Keleti emigrated to Israel, but she often visits Hungary.   She began gymnastics at the age of four and by sixteen she was the Hungarian National Champion in gymnastics. Over the course of her career, between 1937 and 1956, she won the Championship title ten times. Keleti was considered a top prospect for the Hungarian team at the 1940 Olympics, but the escalation of World War II canceled both the 1940 and the 1944 Games. As a member of the Jewish community she was forced to hide her religion to survive the war. Because she had heard a rumor that married women were not taken to labor camps, she hastily married Istvan Sarkany in 1944. Sarkany was a Hungarian gymnast of the 1930s who achieved national titles and took part in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. They divorced in 1950. Keleti survived the war by purchasing and using Christian papers and working as a maid in a small village. Her mother and sister went into hiding and were saved by Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. Her father died in Auschwitz.   After the war, Keleti resumed training. She qualified for the 1948 Summer Olympics, but missed the competition due to injury. She continued training and finally competed at the Olympics for the first time at the age of 31 at the 1952 Games. She earned four medals: gold in the floor exercise, silver in the team competition, and bronze in the team portable apparatus event and the uneven bars. Keleti continued on to the 1954 World Championships where she placed first on the uneven bars. At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Keleti won gold medals in three of the four individual event finals: floor, bars, and balance beam and placed second in the all-around. The Hungarian team placed first in the portable apparatus event and second in the team competition. At the age of 35, Keleti became the oldest female gymnast ever to win gold.   The Soviet Union invaded Hungary during the 1956 Olympics. Keleti, along with 44 other athletes from the Hungarian delegation, decided to stay in Australia and received political asylum. Keleti emigrated to Israel in 1957 and was able to send for her mother and sister. Following her retirement from competition, Keleti worked as a physical education instructor at Tel Aviv University and the Wingate Institute for Sport in Netanya. She also coached and worked with Israel's national gymnastics team well into the 1990s. Keleti was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1981, the Hungarian Sports Hall of Fame in 1991, and the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2002.   Maccabi VAC Hungary regularly invites her to take part in our sports events as an honoured Jewish athlete of the club.    

Alfréd Hajós

Olympic swimmer
  He won his two gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1896. One of the largest swimming stadium in Budapest was named after him.
  Alfréd Hajós (1 February 1878 – 12 November 1955) was a Hungarian swimmer and architect.   Hajós was born in Budapest, Hungary as Arnold Guttmann. He was 13 years old when he felt compelled to become a good swimmer after his father drowned in the Danube River. He took the name Hajós (sailor in Hungarian) for his athletic career.   At the Olympic Games in 1896 the swimming events were held in the Mediterranean Sea. The 18-year-old Hajós won his two gold medals in extremely cold weather (13 degrees Celsius) with 12-foot (4 m) waves crashing down on him. He won the 100 metre freestyle with a time of 1:22.2, and the 1,200 metre freestyle in 18:22.1. Hajós wanted to win all three distances but the 500 metre freestyle was immediately after the 100 and immediately before the 1,200. Before the 1,200 metre race, he smeared his body with a half-inch (one centimetre) thick layer of grease but it proved to be of little protection against the cold. He confessed after winning the race that, "My will to live completely overcame my desire to win." While at a dinner honoring Olympic winners, the Crown Prince of Greece asked Hajós where he had learned to swim so well. Hajós replied, "In the water." The next morning, the Athenian journal Acropolis depicted Alfréd with the subtitle: "Hungarian Dolphin". He was the youngest winner in Athens.   As a versatile athlete he won Hungary's 100 metre sprint championship in 1898 as well as the National 400 metre hurdles and discus titles. He also played forward on Hungary's national soccer championship teams of 1901, 1902, 1903 — and played in the first international match against Austria. Between 1897 and 1904 he was also a football referee and in 1906 he was the coach of Hungary's national football team.   In 1924 Hajós became an architect who specialized in sport facilities. The best known sports facility designed by Hajós is the swimming stadium that was built on Margaret Island in Budapest in 1930 and used for the 1958, 2006 and 2010 European Aquatics Championships and the 2006 FINA Men's Water Polo World Cup. In 1953 the International Olympic Committee awarded him the Olympic diploma of merit. He was a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and in 1981 he also became the member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. His brother, Henrik Hajós won gold medal in 4x250 m Freestyle swimming at the Olympic Games in Athens in 1906.

Antal Vágó

Football player
Football player who won seventeen caps for Hungary.
Weiss (1891 – 1944) was an international football player who played as a midfielder. Vágó played football for MTK and Fővárosi TC; he also represented the Hungarian national team at an international level, earning 17 caps between 1908 and 1917.

Árpád Weisz

Football player and manager
He achieved successes in many clubs and then he started to manage several worldwide famous football clubs.

He achieved successes in many clubs and then he started to manage several worldwide famous football clubs.

Attila Petschauer

Olympic fencer
  He won many medals for Hungary. His life story was partly adapted in the movie, Sunshine and acted by Ralph Fiennes.
  Attila Petschauer (14 December 1904 – 30 January 1943) was a Jewish Hungarian Olympic champion fencer.   In 1923, at barely 19 years old, he earned the Individual Sabre bronze medal at the European Championships. In the following years he won the "Heroes Memorial Tournament” and got Individual Euro silver medals in 1925 and 1929, and bronze medals in 1927 and 1930. At the European Championships of 1930 and 1931, Petschauer’s Hungary Sabre team won gold medals.   In Amsterdam in 1928 he was part of the gold medal-winning Hungarian team in sabre, winning all 20 of his competition matches. Among his teammates were János Garay and Sándor Gombos, who are also members of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. In the individual sabre competition, Petschauer won the silver medal. In the final round, he tied for first with fellow Hungarian Odon Tersztyanssky (they both won 9 of 11 bouts in the finals), but lost the fence-off for the gold, 5–2. In the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Petschauer was again part of the champion Hungarian sabre team. The Hungarians easily won the gold medal; in the finals, they defeated the United States, Italy, and Poland by a combined 31–6. Although he reached the finals, he finished 5th in the individual event. He actually tied with three other fencers with 5 victories, but fellow Hungarian Endre Kabos, also a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, was awarded the bronze because he received fewer touches in the finals.   Unfortunately as with most Jews, he was deported to a concentration camp in Davidvka, Ukraine. Petschauer was recognized by a military officer and commander of the camp, Lieutenant Colonel Kálmán Cseh von Szent-Katolna, who had been an equestrian competitor for Hungary in the 1928 Olympics. The two had once been friends, but Cseh exhorted camp guards to taunt his onetime comrade and "Make things hot for the Jew”. Petschauer's death was brutal. Olympic champion wrestler Károly Kárpáti was a fellow inmate, and witnessed Petschauer's death. He recalled: “The guards shouted: ‘You, Olympic fencing medal winner . . . let’s see how you can climb trees.’ It was midwinter and bitter cold, but they ordered him to undress, then climb a tree. The amused guards ordered him to crow like a rooster, and sprayed him with water. Frozen from the water, he died shortly after.”   Petschauer's life and death were dramatised in the 1999 film Sunshine, starring Ralph Fiennes. Though the film was fiction, it incorporated real stories into the plot, and one of the three lead roles was largely based on Petschauer.

Béla Guttmann

Football player and coach
  His greatest success came with Benfica when he guided them to two successive European Cup wins in 1961 and in 1962.


Béla Guttmann (27 January 1899 – 28 August 1981) was a Hungarian footballer and coach.

He played as a midfielder for MTK Hungária FC, SC Hakoah Wien, Hungary and several clubs in the United States. However he is best remembered as a coach and manager of AC Milan, São Paulo FC, FC Porto, Benfica and C.A. Peñarol.

His greatest success came with Benfica when he guided them to two successive European Cup wins in 1961 and in 1962.

Béla Komjádi

Waterpolo player and coach
He invented the revolutionary "air pass" or "dry pass".
In 1928, he invented the revolutionary "air pass" or "dry pass", whereby a player immediately passes a ball through the air to a teammate, who obtains it without the ball hitting the water. He coached the Hungary national water polo team and his Hungarian water polo teams won five gold medals at the Olympic Games. They also won the 1932 world championship, and the 1926, 1927, and 1931 European Championships.

Dezső Földes

Olympic champion sabre fencer
Sabre fencer who won gold medals in team sabre at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London and at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.
Dezső Földes (1880 - 1950) was a Hungarian saber fencer. Földes won gold medals in team saber at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London and at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. Földes moved to the United States in 1912, and set up a hospital clinic for the poor in Cleveland, where he died in 1950.

Dezső Grósz

Football player
Hungarian footballer who played on the Hungarian national team two times.
Dezső Grósz (born 1898 - ~1944) was a Hungarian footballer who played for Vác-Újbuda LTC and earned 2 appearances for the Hungarian national team. Grósz played as a full-back for American Soccer League sides Brooklyn Wanderers and Philadelphia Field Club.

Dr. Oszkár Gerde

Olympic champion fencer
Olympic champion fencer who won two gold medals in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics.
He won two gold medals with the Hungarian sabre team at the Olympics in 1908 and 1912. He was deported from Hungary in 1944 and was killed October 8, 1944, at the age of 61 in Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp, Oberösterreich, Austria.

Emília Rotter

Pairs figure skater
Emília Rotter was a Hungarian pair skater with László Szollás. Besides many victories, they won the World Figure Skating Championship four times.
Emília Rotter (1906 - 2003) with her partner,  László Szollás won the World Figure Skating Championship four times in five years (1931, 1933, 1934, and 1935), and were the 1932 World silver medalists. They were the 1934 European Champions and 1930 & 1931 silver medalists. They represented Hungary at the 1932 Winter Olympics and at the 1936 Winter Olympics, winning two bronze medals. She was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

Endre Kabos

Olympic sabre fencer
  He won four Olympic medals for Hungary.
  Endre Kabos (5 November 1906 – 4 November 1944) born in Oradea, Romania, was a Hungarian sabre fencer.   He won the Individual Sabre gold medal at the Slovakian Championships in 1938 and took his first medal at the European Championships, Individual silver, in 1930. He followed this with multiple gold medals, as an individual and as part of different teams, in the annual contests. He took four Olympic medals for Hungary, both as an individual and part of the Hungarian team, in 1932 and 1936.   Because he was Jewish he was interned for at least five months in a forced labour camp during World War II. He was called up in June 1944 to serve as a forced labourer in a Jewish labour camp in the village of Felsöhangony, where he taught army officers the sabre fencing. Later he was transferred to Budapest and was given two horses and a cart to transport food and provisions for others in the camp. On 4th November he was on Margaret Bridge (Margit-hid) while German soldiers were preparing explosives to blow up the bridge prior to it being used by the advancing Red Army which at that time was about 150 kilometers to the East of Budapest. Kabos died with many others and only some non-identifiable skeleton parts were found in 2011, when the bridge was being extended.   Kabos was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.  

Endre Salgó

Handball player
Part of the Hungarian field handball team at the 1936 Olympics.
Endre Salgó (1913 – 1945) was a Hungarian field handball player who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics where his team finished in fourth place.

Endre Steiner

Chess player
Chess player who played at many Chess Olympiads.
Endre (Andreas) Steiner (1901 – 1944) played for Hungary in five official and one unofficial Chess Olympiads. In 1927, he played at first reserve board at 1st Chess Olympiad in London. In 1928, he played at second board at 2nd Chess Olympiad in The Hague. In 1930, he played at first reserve board at 3rd Chess Olympiad in Hamburg. In 1931, he played at first board at 4th Chess Olympiad in Prague. In 1936, he played at third board at the unofficial Olympiad in Munich. In 1937, he played at third board at 7th Chess Olympiad in Stockholm. He won the team gold medal three times (1927, 1928 and 1936) and won a team silver medal two times (1930 and 1937), and once won an individual silver medal (1937). He died in a Nazi concentration camp near Budapest on 29 December 1944.

Éva Székely

Olympic champion swimmer
Éva Székely won gold and silver medals at two Summer Olympics.
Éva Székely (born 1927) won the gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki and the silver medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics. She held the first world record in the 400 m individual medley in 1953. In 1941 she set a national speed record. She was excluded from competition for the next four years, and survived the Holocaust partly because she was a famous swimmer. After retiring from competitions Éva 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.

Ferenc Kemény

Sport diplomat
  He was the one of the seven people who founded the International Olympics Committee in 1894.
  Ferenc Kemény (17 July 1860 – 21 November 1944) was a scientist, a professor and one of the founders of the International Olympics Committee in 1894. His original name was Ferenc Kohn but he converted to Catholicism and changed his name. In spite of his conversion he was forced to move to the ghetto in 1944. The 84-year-old scientist, sport diplomat and peace activist decided with his 66-year-old wife to commit suicide in order not to be killed by the Nazis.

József Braun

Football player
He was a Hungarian footballer who played as a half back.
József Braun (26 February 1901 – February 1943) earned 27 caps, scoring 11 goals, with the Hungarian national team. After retiring from playing, he coached for several years. Braun died in 1943 in a Nazi forced labor camp.

György Bródy

Waterpolo player
He won gold medals as a goalkeeper with the Hungarian water polo team at the Olympic Games.
György Bródy (21 July 1908 – 5 August 1967) was a Hungarian water polo player. He competed in the 1932 Summer Olympics and in the 1936 Summer Olympics. In 1932 he was part of the Hungarian team which won the gold medal. He played two matches as goalkeeper. Four years later he won the gold medal again with the Hungarian team. At the Berlin Games he played six matches as goalkeeper.

Henrik Hajós

Henrik Hajós was a Hungarian freestyle swimmer and the younger brother of Alfréd Hajós.
Henrik Hajós (1886 – 1963) won a gold medal as a member of Hungarian 4x250 m relay team at 1906 Summer Olympics. Two years later at the 1908 Olympics he was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 400 metre freestyle event. In the 100 metre freestyle competition he was eliminated in the first round.

Ilona Elek

Best female Olympic fencer
  Ilona won more international fencing titles than any other woman.
  Ilona Elek, known also as Ilona Elek-Schacherer (17 May 1907 – 24 July 1988) born to a Jewish father and a Roman Catholic mother, was a Hungarian Olympic fencer. Ilona won more international fencing titles than any other woman.   Elek competed for Hungary in three Olympiads, winning three medals. She is considered to be one of the greatest female fencers in the history of the sport. Her first Olympic competition was at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, at the age of 29. She won the gold medal in the foil event and became the first Hungarian woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics. In the competition she, as a Jewish woman, defeated a German born to a Jewish father named Helene Mayer. The bronze medal went to Ellen Preis, an Austrian Jew. The Games were cancelled in 1940 and 1944. When the Games resumed after World War II, at age 41 she repeated her performance as Olympic champion by winning a gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England. She was the first woman to win two Olympic gold medals in the individual foil competition. Ellen Preis again won the bronze medal. Ilona won the silver medal at the 1952 Helsinki Games. After winning her first five matches in the final pool, she was in contention for the gold medal, but she lost to American Maxine Mitchell, and Italian Irene Camber, who won the gold.   Beside the Olympic Games she took part in several other championships. She won the Hungarian foil championship in 1946–47, 1949–50 and 1952. She also won the gold medal in women's foil at the World Championships in 1934, 1935, and 1951. She won silver in 1937 and 1954, and bronze in 1955.    

Imre Mándi

Imre Mándi was a Hungarian boxer who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Imre Mándi (1916 – 1945) was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the welterweight class after losing his fight to the upcoming gold medalist Sten Suvio in 1936 Summer Olympics . Mándi died in a Nazi labor camp during World War II.

Károly Kárpáti

Olympic wrestling champion
He was Hungary's first "freestyle" wrestler.
Károly Kárpáti (originally Károly Kellner, 2 July 1906 – 23 September 1996) was Hungary's first "freestyle" wrestler, winning his first Hungarian National Junior title in 1925. He went on to win ten Hungarian National Championships, as well as European Lightweight wrestling crowns in 1927, 1929, 1930, and 1935. He won a gold medal in the Lightweight Freestyle class at the Nazi Olympics in Berlin in 1936. During the years of the Second World War and worsening of the antisemitic policy in Hungary, as an Olympic Champion Karpati was exempt from labor camp service designated for Jews, until 1943. For the rest of the war he succeeded in hiding himself in Pest with family and friends.

István Sárkány

István Sárkány was a Hungarian Olympic gymnast, Olympic judge, gymnastics coach and official.
István  Sárkány (1913 – 2009) represented Hungary at the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics at the age of 22. He participated in all men's gymnastic events with highs of 29th in the Rings and 31st in the Vault competitions. He placed 64th in the Men's All-around competition. A member of the Jewish faith, Ágnes Keleti, his friend and fellow gymnast had heard a rumor that married women were not taken to labor camps so she hastily married Sárkány in 1944. They divorced in 1950 after the war ended. Sárkány is most noted for his highly regarded and lengthy career as a Hungarian national and world gymnastics judge. He is noted in the official Olympic Game reports as judging the 1952 Helsinki Games Horizontal Bar competitions, the 1956 Melbourne Games (no specific apparatus), 1960 Rome Games Long Horse competitions and 1964 Tokyo Games Horizontal Bars competitions. Olympic reports no longer listed individual judges after 1964 but he is believed to have judged the 1968 Mexico City and 1972 Munich games as well. Sárkány is honored in Hungarian gymnastics and sports hall of fames for his years of service. He is also featured in Hungarian sport documentaries, most notably on the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Summer Games. Those Olympic Games were noted for the famous "Blood in the Water match" in water polo between Hungary and Russia as well as numerous Hungarian Olympic athletes that sought asylum rather than return to Hungary under Russian rule.

István Serényi

Handball player
Part of the Hungarian field handball team at the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Serényi (Istvan Schlesinger, 1911 – 1996) was a Hungarian field handball player who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics where his team finished in fourth place. He was one of the members of the Maccabi VAC Club.

Izidor “Dori” Kürschner

Football player and coach
Izidor Kürschner known as Dori Kruschner was a Hungarian football player and coach.
Izidor "Dori" Kürschner (1885 – 1941) played for MTK in his hometown Budapest and contributed to their Championships in 1904 and 1908 as well as their three consecutive wins of the Magyar Kupa between 1910 and 1912. Between 1907 and 1911 he also was called up five times to play for the Hungarian national football team. As coach he succeeded in Germany with 1. FC Nürnberg but his greatest triumphs were to follow in Switzerland with the Grasshopper Club Zürich. There he won seven titles.    

János Garay

Sabre champion
He was a national sabre champion who took part in the European championships and the Olympic Games.
János Garay (23 February 1889 – 5 March 1945) won silver medal for team sabre at the 1924 Paris Olympics. He also won a gold medal in team sabre at the 1928 Amsterdam Games.   In 1925 and 1930, Garay captured the Individual European Sabre Championship gold medal. He won the team sabre gold medal at the 1930 European Championships.   Garay was killed in 1945, in the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, shortly before the end of World War II.

Jenő Fuchs

Olympic champion sabre fencer
Dr. Jenő Fuchs won four gold medals as a Hungarian Olympic champion sabre fencer.

Dr. Jenő Fuchs (29 October 1882 – 14 March 1955) was a Hungarian Olympic champion sabre fencer.

He won two gold medals in Individual and Team Sabre at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London and also at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. His overall Olympic record was 22 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw.

Lajos Werkner

Olympic sabre fencer
Lajos Werkner won gold medals in Team Sabre at the 1908 and 1912 Olympic Games.
At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, his gold medal teammates included Jewish fencers Dr. Jenö Fuchs and Oskar Gerde, both International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame honorees, and Dezsö Földes. Werkner also competed in the individual sabre event, finishing in 8th place. At the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, his gold medal teammates were again Foldes, Fuchs, and Gerde. He finished seventh in the individual event. Werkner (1883 - 1943) was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

László Bellák

Table tennis player
Hungarian and American table tennis player.
László Bellák (1911 - 2006) represented Hungary 59 times in international competition. He won 21 medals at the World Championships, seven of which were gold. This included six wins as a member of the Hungarian National Team that won the Swaythling Cup in 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1935, and 1938. Bellák moved to the United States at the start of World War II, and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in India and Burma. He was decorated three times, and was honorably discharged with the Victory Medal, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He won the U.S. Men’s Singles title in 1938, the U.S. Men’s Doubles in 1937, 1939, and 1943, and the U.S. Mixed Doubles in 1941. Bellák was inducted into the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 1980 and the International Table Tennis Foundation Hall of Fame in 1993. He was also inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the Florida Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996. He authored Table Tennis—How A New Sport Was Born: The History of the Hungarian Team Winning 73 Gold Medals (1990).

Leó Donáth

Swimmer and sport diplomat
Honorable secretary and treasurer of FINA, one of the founders of the Hungarian Swimming Association and initiator of the European Swimmers League.  
A graduate of England’s Oxford University, Dr. Leo Donath is referred to as “the administrative genius behind FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur/International Swimming Federation).” As its honorable secretary and treasurer, he ran the world swimming organization from 1928 until his death in 1941. An outstanding swimmer himself—Donath swam for Oxford University’s swim team—he defeated two-time Hungarian Olympic sprint champion Zoltan de Halmay, in a 1906 event. In 1911, Donath was one of the founders of the Hungarian Swimming Association. Through Donath’s initiative, the European Swimmers League was established in 1925, and he was elected its first secretary general and treasurer. Based upon his suggestion, the first European Swimming Championships were staged in 1926.

Lili Kronberger

Figure skater
  She was Hungary’s first World Champion.
  Lili Kronberger (12 November 1890 – 21 May 1974) was a Hungarian figure skater competitor during the early years of modern figure skating. She was Hungary’s first World Champion. Kronberger won a World bronze medal in 1906 at the first official World Championships to include a ladies' event. She won bronze again in 1907, and four gold medals from 1908 to 1911. In 1911 Kronberger became the first skater to use musical accompaniment during her entire free program. She did this at the suggestion of Zoltán Kodály. She died in Budapest in 1974 at the age of 83. Kronberger was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. She was also inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1997.  

Lipót Aschner

President of Újpesti TE Sport Club
  The first sport stadium in Hungary was built due to his support.
  Lipót Aschner (27 January 1872 – 18 January 1952) was a businessman, the founder of Tungsram and the president of Újpesti TE sport club. He started to work for an electricity company in 1896. After eight years of hard work, in 1904 he became the vice-director of the company. In 1921 he was chosen to be the CEO. He created the brand Tungsram and expanded the company into the international market. Business was booming. His most passionate hobby was sports. He was the president of Újpesti TE, a Hungarian sports club. He asked Alfréd Hajós, a well-known sportsman and architect, to plan a stadium on the territory of the Tungsram factory. It was the first football pitch stadium in Hungary and it provided 20,000 seats for its fans. He was always socially responsible. He donated to several foundations. In 1944 he was deported to Mauthausen. The owners of the Tungsram factory paid ransom to get him back. He was a hard worker until he passed away in 1952.

Lippo Hertzka

Football player and coach
World-famous football player, manager and coach.
He played for Essener Turnerbund, MTK Budapest and Real Sociedad. After retiring, he coached seven teams, including Real Sociedad and Real Madrid, a team which he coached for 2 years (1930–1932) and led to an undefeated La Liga championship during the 1931-32 season, which meant the first La Liga title for the white squad. He also won two league titles in Portugal for Benfica. He coached Real Sociedad, Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Hércules, Granada, Benfica, Belenenses, Porto, Estoril,Académica, Vila Real, Portimonense and União Montemor.

Margit Elek

Olympic fencer
Olympic fencer and the sister of Ilona Elek.
Margit Elek (1910 – 1986) competed in the women's individual foil events at the 1948 and 1952 Summer Olympics.

Miklós Sárkány

Water polo player
Water polo player who was one of the Jewish athletes who won medals at the Nazi Olympics in Berlin in 1936.    
At 1932 Summer Olympics Miklós Sárkány (1908 – 1998) was part of the Hungarian team which won the gold medal. Four years later at the 1936 Summer Olympics he again won the gold medal with the Hungarian team.

Rudolf Kárpáti

Olympic champion sabre fencer
He won six gold medals at four Olympic Games. 
Rudolf Kárpáti (17 July 1920 – 1 February 1999) won six gold medals in sabre at four Olympic Games (1948–1960). He also won seven gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the world championships. Kárpáti was a member of the Hungarian Fencing Federation from 1961 to 1991. After retiring from competitions in 1977, he became president of the Budapest Fencing Federation and an administrator with the Fédération Internationale d'Escrime.