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 Alfred Hajos Guttmann  (1878 - 1955)

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Lived/Active: Hungary      Known for: Drawing, architecture, Olympic competitions

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Alfred Hajos (Arnold Guttmann) (1878-1955)

Competing in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, in 1896, Alfred Hajos-Guttmann was the first-ever Olympic swimming champion and the first Hungarian Olympic gold medalist.  He won two gold medals in Athens: the 100-Meter Freestyle (1:22.2), and 1,200-Meter Freestyle (18:22.2).

Years later, Hajos-Guttmann became a world renowned architect, specializing in sport facilities. In a special arts competition at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, he was awarded an Olympic silver medal for architecture, the highest honor presented in that competition.  He is also a recipient of the Olympic Diploma of Merit.

In 1885 and 1886, Hajos-Guttmann was 100-Meter European Swimming Champion.  A versatile athlete, he won Hungary’s 100-Meter Sprint (track) Championship in 1898, as well as the National 400-Meter Hurdles and Discus titles.  He also played forward on Hungary’s national soccer championship teams of 1901, 1902, and 1903.

 In 1980 Hungary released a single-sided postcard with an original stamp and a special postmark dedicated to Alfred Hajos.  Both of these postal souvenirs tell of the "golden tale" of 1896.

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