The Olympics will start in Tokyo soon; the Hungarian team currently consists of 114 + 7 people, 14 sports have won the right to start so far.
There is still a chance to expand: in athletics you can reach the level even in July, the swimming team is not final yet, in Judo we have 7-8 athletes in a place now worth getting out.
Well, how many medals, and which is traditionally the most important metric: how much gold will they bring home from Japan?
Hungary’s History in the Games
During Pál Schmitt’s MOB presidency (1989-2010), seven golds became standard as an expectation – it is true that only once has the result been so great.
Hungary won eight gold medals in both of the previous two Olympics, while the leading edge in Hungary was shrinking, while the sports received a level of state support that they had never dared to dream of before.
However, the money received and the efficiency is not in direct proportion.
According to Viktor Orbán, accountability comes after the Olympics; so many times there have been sports without meaningful accountability. True, sports management has rearranged several times over the past decade.
But what about copying? Before the rise of British sport, the whole world was raising their hats – in 1996 they only had one gold, in 2016 it was already 27 – so it’s worth seeing how accountability works there.
There is a dedicated professional, the performance director, who studies the processes from where they started and where they got to. A typical momentum:
In badminton, the association undertook an Olympic medal for 2016, but as it was not the pair that was originally nominated that won, but another, the sport also lost its privileged status and associated resources.
Meanwhile, we had sports (like pentathlon and gymnastics) that took on gold medals for Rio, but not the medal, not even the scoring – that is, getting into the top eight – didn’t come together.
Yet everything went on, hundreds of millions arrived in the state every year, as if the whole structure was in the greatest order.
Hungary in Tokyo
Everyone has been more cautious, and the coronavirus epidemic contributes to this.
There will definitely be big stars who won’t start either, but most of the best athletes in the world will still be there.
The chairman of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, Krisztián Kulcsár, sees 13 Tokyo medals in front of him, which, if we measure against the table below, highlights the slow withering of Hungarian elite sports, but also the fact that there are still huge values in the sport.
Hungary Chances in Swimming
The largest delegation in Tokyo is made up of swimmers, and although the average age of the team will be quite high (there will also be a good number of competitors over 30), the youngsters will also come up nicely.
Swimming has managed the resources well, they can enter a 4×200 gearbox on both men’s and women’s lines, which is a big gunfire.
And the 4×100 men’s gearshift can even fight for medals. In 1952, the Hungarian women’s team won this number, since then we have no medals in bills, even in the most successful period (1988−1992) it was often a problem to collect one batch.
And the most telling thing about the real power of a country’s swimming sport is whether it can exhibit four or five world-leading swimmers with similar abilities in the relay.
One of the biggest trump cards of the swimming team is Kristóf Milák, whose main profile is butterfly swimming.
Milák swam amazing times on 200 butterflies at the national championship at the end of March, without form timing or rest, practically falling from training to the competition. Ahead of big rival Seto Daija, Milák has the best time results in 3.5 seconds, which is very encouraging.
The long form of Katinka is not so reassuring, this year she hasn’t even swum within the “A” level 400 mixed, so she still needs to improve a lot. 400 mixed is her world record, and this distance is very important because you have to swim here on the first day of the Olympics to get to the finals.
Kapás Boglárka arrives in Tokyo as the defending champion of the 200 butterfly, she is considered a medalist, the daily form will show whether she is able to take the podium or possibly win.
In addition to swimming, which has some very interesting names and which has chances of winning medals in Tokyo, there are a few other sports that could take Hungary to the highest place on the podium or at least a medal.
- table tennis
- water polo
Many fans really expect a medal in sailing history. That’s because Zsombor Berecz won the world championship gold medal in 2018 and is now at the top.
In addition, there are the men’s and women’s water polo teams, who finished fourth in the last Olympics, coming very close to a medal.
It is believed that this time, in Tokyo, at least one of the teams will make it to the podium. Men are the ones with the best chances, as they won the European Championship in 2020.
Handball is certainly the hardest sport to get a medal in our short list. That’s because Hungary’s group in games is really tough. But still, the team is very good and has a chance to make it.
Achieving the number of medals proposed by the chairman of the Hungarian Olympic Committee does not seem impossible. 13 medals overall can be won by the Hungarian team. However, it will not be an easy task.
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