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Hungarian Water Polo Legend, Antal Bolvari, Passed Away

Hungarian Water Polo Legend, Antal Bolvari, Passed Away

The legendary generation of Hungarian water polo players lost one of its last living members. After battling a long illness, Antal Bolvari died at the age of 86 in Budapest, reports LEN.

Bolvari played in one of the most famous sports matches in history “Bloodbath of Melbourne”, where Hungary played against the Soviet Union. He was one of the crucial members of the winning Hungarian Olympics Team which won the 1952 and 1956 titles. After Melbourne, he remained there for five years before coming back to Hungary.

He also earned medals at the World University Games as a water polo player and as a swimmer, as well as being the European champion in 1954. Later in his career, he coached the Hungarian junior team and was an assistant coach of the national team in the early ’80s.

Bolvari has done a lot for our sport and we will be missing him.

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