Monday, April 16, 2007

Tamas Farago: The legend of Hungary

Olympic Games: 1972 silver, 1976 gold, 1980 bronze; World Champs: 1975 gold, 1978 silver; European Champs: 1970 silver, 1977 gold; FINA Cup: 1979 gold;
In the opinion of many international judges and players, Tamas Farago is one of the best athletes to ever play the game of Water Polo. Known for his amazing attacking and shooting skills Farago was the single most reason for Hungary's Olympic medal performances of 1972, 1976, and 1980. After Hungary's close gold medal loss to the Soviet Union at the 1972 Olympics, Farago and company returned in 1973 to the first World Championships in Belgrade to defeat the same Soviet team for the gold medal. Again in Montreal, at the 1976 Olympics, Farago returned to lead his team to a 6-to-5 gold medal victory in the first game of the final round against Italy. Farago, who led all scorers with a total of 22 goals, added the winning goal in the final seconds of the game to secure the gold medal. Four of the six goals for Hungary were scored by Farago in the championship game. Farago also played on the silver medal-winning teams of the 1985 and 1978 World Championships and the gold medal-winning teams of the 1974 and 1977 European Championships.

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