INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING HALL OF FAME TO RECOGNIZE HUNGARIAN MAGNIFICENT SEVEN 3-PEAT OLYMPIC WATER POLO CHAMPIONS


Santa Clara, Calif. – The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF), recognized by
FINA, the international governing body for the Olympic aquatic sports as its
official Hall of Fame, has announced that TEAM HUNGARY will become the first
team in the history of the Hall to be recognized as an Honoree, and that the
seven members of the team will join 14 other athletes, coaches, contributors
and pioneers – representing five aquatic disciplines (swimming, marathon
swimming, synchronized swimming, diving and water polo) from ten
different
nations
as the CLASS of 2016,
at ISHOF
s 52nd Annual Honors Weekend, October
28 – 30, 2016, in Santa Clara, California.  Masters of the ceremonies will be Olympic
greats John Naber and Agnes Kovacs.

During a
ten year period, from 1998 to 2008 the Hungarian men
s water polo team dominated international water polo
like no other team in history, winning back-to-back-to-back Olympic titles –
eating an Olympic
three-peat
at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. The teams will be represented by
three-time gold medalists Tamas Molnar, Tamas Kasas, Tibor Benedeck, Gergely
Kiss, Peter Biros,
Zoltan Szecsi, and
Coach Denes Kemeny (already
a member of the Hall of Fame) – and will be honored as the greatest team in
water polo history.

The ISHOF Class of 2016 also includes American swimming greats Aaron
Peirsol
and Dara Torres, swimmer
Camille Muffat (FRA); Diver Dmitry Sautin (RUS);
Synchronized Swimmer Elena Azarova (RUS);
Marathon Swimmers Desmond Robert DesRenford
(AUS) and Monique Wildschut (NED); Contributor
Sir Peter Heatly (GBR);
Pioneers, Simeon Boychenko (RUS),
Horst Gorlitz (GDR/ITA/FRG),
Frank Gorman
(USA), Hilda James (GBR
), and Leonid
Meshkov (RUS)
and Gold Medalion recipient, Tod Spieker, (USA).

For
tickets and event information, please visit
www.ishof.org
or call 954-462-6536.

About
ISHOF

The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. (ISHOF),
established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Recognized by FINA, the International Olympic
Committee
s
recognized governing body for the aquatic sports in 1968, its mission is to
preserve the history of swimming, celebrate the heroes, promote the benefits
and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life,
and the water safety of all children and adults, and connect older generations
of swimmers to youth.  For more
information please visit http://www.ishof.org

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