POSTED: August 9th 2016
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Olympics: Budapest 2024 gets a boost from Hungary's women athletes pushing the ranking to 3rd place at Rio 2016

Emese Szasz won the first gold medal for Hungary in the women's individual epee fencing competition © Getty Images
Emese Szasz won the first gold medal for Hungary in the women's individual epee fencing competition © Getty Images

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary celebrates winning Gold in the Women's 100m Backstroke Final © Getty Images
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary celebrates winning Gold in the Women's 100m Backstroke Final © Getty Images

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The beginning of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has been a time of anticipation and jubilation for the Hungarian team, who is now ranked third on the medals table.

Things started off with Emese Szasz winning the first gold medal for Hungary on Day One. Szasz rallied back to defeat Rossella Fiamingo, Italy's twice world champion, in the women's individual epee (fencing).

"I believed in myself and my fencing, and I did it," commented Szasz.

Following her was Kattinka Hosszu who swam her way into a new world record in the 400m individual medley by two seconds. She was about five seconds ahead of the silver medalist winner, Maya DiRada of the United States of America (USA). Hosszu went on to add to her gold medal tally with a powerful win in the 100m backstroke. Now, the first double-gold athlete in Rio, Hungary's "Iron Lady," rose hopes for a third gold with a shining performance in the 200m medley semi-finals. She proves former USA Olympian and swimming analyst for ESPN and NBC, Rowdy Gaines' statement saying, "nobody can argue right now that she's not the most versatile swimmer in the world, male or female."

The Hungarian team is now aiming to add more medals to move them up the medals table. Expectations have risen with Tamas Kenderesi and Laszlo Cseh (swimming) finishing first and second in the men's 200m butterfly semi-finals. They aim for gold tonight in the swimming finals.

Members of the Budapest 2024 Bid team, TeamHun, and Hungarian sports fans from across the global gathered together at the House of Hungary to celebrate Team Hungarian's highs, so far in Rio. Also, present at the gathering was the President of the National Olympic Committee of Hungary, Zsolt Borkai and Budapest 2024 Chairman, Balazs Furjes.

"We are over the moon at Kattinka's fantastic performances as well as Emese leading the way earlier in the week...We are so very proud of their achievements and we hope that in 2024 they might be able to compete in a Budapest Olympics in front of a home crowd," expressed Borkai.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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