Referee Alfred Hajos bio

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Hajos won a lot of medals
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Born
1878-02-01
Intl. since
0000-01-01
Hometown
Budapest
Country
Hungary
Speaks
Hungarian
Occupation
architect
Hobbies
 
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Alfred Hajos

2010-01-07

Olympic swimmer, football player, international referee and architect, Alfred Hajos (born in Budapest as Arnold Guttmann) was a versatile man.

Swimmer
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.

architect
Hajos designed buildings in a late Art Nouveau style. He was also the architect of many stadiums.

referee
Bohemia, the team that played against Hungary, was the name of a part of what later would be called Czechoslvakia.

From our reporter: EPV