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Béla Komjádi

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Grave of Béla Komjádi at Jewish Kozma Street Cemetery in Budapest
Grave of Béla Komjádi at Jewish Kozma Street Cemetery in Budapest

Béla Komjádi (15 March 1892 – 5 March 1933; known as Béla Bácsi (Uncle Béla) by his players) was a Hungarian water polo player and coach.[1][2][3]

Early life

He was Jewish, and was born in Budapest, Hungary.[1][2][4][5][6]

Water polo coaching career

He helped Hungary form the men's national water polo team, including the non-medaling Olympic teams of 1912 and 1924, and the European Championship teams of 1926, 1927, and 1931, all of which won gold medals.[7]

He died in 1933, while playing water polo, at the age of 41.[7]

In 1976, a new Olympic swimming pool on the Buda bank in Budapest was named the Bela Komjadi Pool, after him.[2][8]

Halls of Fame

He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b The Jewish quarterly. Jewish Literary Trust. 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Kinga Frojimovics; Géza Komoróczy (1999). Jewish Budapest: monuments, rites, history. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  3. ^ Paul Yogi Mayer (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: sport: a springboard for minorities. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  4. ^ Andrew Handler (1985). From the ghetto to the games: Jewish athletes in Hungary. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Bernard Postal; Jesse Silver; Roy Silver (1965), Encyclopedia of Jews in sports, retrieved August 15, 2011
  6. ^ "Bela Komjadi". Jewishsports.net. Archived from the original on December 26, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Bela Komjadi (HUN)". ISHOF. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  8. ^ Hungarian review. 1976. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  9. ^ "Komjadi, Bela". Jewsinsports.org. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
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