Tag: Alfréd Hajós

Greek Olympic Déjà Vu In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Back in 1896, Alfréd Hajós of Hungary won the 100m freestyle in 1:22.2 and the 1200m freestyle in 18:22.1 in rough 55°F (13°C) sea water at the first modern Olympic Games. Thousands of spectators lined the Bay of Zea off the Piraeus coast to watch the 18-year-old Hajós win two gold medals. Nikos Gemelos,

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The Will To Live By Alfred Hajós

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. 25 men and 25 women competed in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swims held in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Those athletes were the top finalists in the Olympic open water swimming competition. But, the history of open water swimming at the Olympics goes back over 100 years. At the Athens Olympics, on

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