Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Melbourne 1956
Games Results Sport Event
Melbourne 1956
#6 h2 r1/2 Swimming 200 metres Breaststroke
Helsinki 1952
Games Results Sport Event
Helsinki 1952
#2
Swimming 400 metres Freestyle
#2
Swimming 200 metres Breaststroke
#1
Swimming 4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
London 1948
Games Results Sport Event
London 1948
#3
Swimming 200 metres Breaststroke
#DNS Swimming 4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Eva NOVAK-GERARD

Hungary
Swimming
Birth date
8 Jan 1930 Budapest, Hungary
Gender
Female

Number of medals

4 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

3 Olympic Games

Eva NOVAK-GERARD biography

Éva Novák's strongest event was the 200 m breast stroke. She twice bettered the world record (1950-51), and won an Olympic bronze (1948) and silver (1952). At the 1952 Olympics, Novák also won a silver in the 200 m freestyle, and swam on the golden Hungarian relay team, together with her sister Ilona. In Helsinki, she also met a Belgian reporter, Pierre Gérard, who would become her husband. Novák moved to Brussels to study medicine, and started swimming for Belgium. Her last Olympic participation was for that country, and she also won eight Belgian titles (compared to 33 Hungarian titles). Éva Novák was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1973, together with her sister. She was unable to return to her birth country until after the fall of the iron curtain.

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