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8 Jan 1930 Budapest, Hungary
Female

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)....

Eva in numbers

3
Olympics
Olympics
4
medals
Gold medal:1 Silver medal:2 Bronze medal:1
  • Melbourne
    Melbourne 1956
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Melbourne
    Melbourne 1956
    • 6 h2 r1/2
      Swimming
      200 metres Breaststroke
  • Helsinki
    Helsinki 1952
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Helsinki
    Helsinki 1952
    • 2 Silver medal
      Swimming
      400 metres Freestyle
    • 2 Silver medal
      Swimming
      200 metres Breaststroke
    • 1 Gold medal
      Swimming
      4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
  • London
    London 1948
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    London
    London 1948
    • 3 Bronze medal
      Swimming
      200 metres Breaststroke
    • DNS
      Swimming
      4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay

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