Marton Homonnay (HUN)
Honor Water Polo (1971)
FOR THE RECORD: OLYMPIC GAMES: 1932, 1936 gold (water polo); competed on Hungary’s National Water Polo Team 126 times.
Hungary is perhaps the World’s No. 1 sporting nation judging by Olympic and World championship performances per capita. Certainly the toughest of the Hungarians are its water polo players.
In water polo, Hungary is most often No. 1 and the man who was No. 1 in Hungarian water polo the longest was the late Marton Homonnay. Homonnay was twice leader of Hungary’s Olympic gold medal water polo teams in 1932 and 1936.
Marton Homonnay was born in 1907 and was the great water polo guard of his epoch which included 126 times on the Hungarian national team. His name stands with Oliver Halossy and Hall of Fame honoree Janos Nemeth as the indestructible trio that made it Hungary against the world for 20 years. Homonnay fled the Communists and retired to South America where he died in 1969. His colorful career included a full measure of “Proud Papa”, as he lived long enough to see his daughter Kati Szoke win two swimming gold medals at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952. Kati led her Hungarian team to victory even as her father before her. Kati won the 100 meter freestyle and swam on the winning Hungarian 400 meter freestyle relay to become the first second-generation double Olympic gold medal winner. She is now living in Los Angeles, married to Arpad Domyan, another Hungarian water polo champion. They received her father’s award at the Hall of Fame ceremonies December 29th, 1971, in the presence of Marton Homonnay’s good friend and Kati’s former Hungarian Olympic coach Stefen Hunyadfi, another Hall of Famer among the marvelous Magyars.