Olympic swimmer, football player, international referee and architect, Alfred Hajos (born in Budapest as Arnold Guttmann) was a versatile man.
When Hajos was 13 years old, his father drowned and the boy made up his mind to become a good swimmer. At the 1896 Olympics, Hajos was the first ever Hungarian to win a gold medal. (actually there were no gold medals in 1896, winners received a silver medal)
In fact he won two of those medals, for the 100 and 1200 metres freestyle swimming. Both on the same day. For the 1200 metres the contestants were taken by boat to open water and left to swim back to the shore.
Hajos designed buildings in a late Art Nouveau style. He was also the architect of many stadiums.
Bohemia, the team that played against Hungary, was the name of a part of what later would be called Czechoslvakia.
- One of the many buildings Alfred Hajos designed is the Art Nouveau styled Weidrich Pelota, the Weidrich palace, in Miskolc, built in 1911. The building was the city's first department store and largest apartment building.
Statistics for ALFRED HAJOS
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MATCHES FOR ALFRED HAJOS
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