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FAMOUS SIX - GERGELY KISS -

When it comes to waterpolo achievements, one cannot look past the famous six Hungarian players to win three consecutive Olympic Gold medals, in the golden era of Hungarian waterpolo (2000, 2004, 2008).


It had been twenty four years of drought, since the waterpolo loving nation of Hungary had seen Olympic Gold produced by legendary Tamás Faragó and his team in 1976.

Head Coach Dénes Kemény selected a core group of players that would become the backbone of Hungarian success spanning twelve years.


Left Hand Supremo Gergely Kiss #7 (3 x Olympic Gold medalist)(World Champion 2003)


Kiss got his first national team cap in 1997 and was part of the Hungarian team which won gold at the European Championships in Seville.


Gergely "Gergő" Kiss was a God send in terms of his massive physical presence, his pure strength and his left-handed sharp shooting skills.

That paired with fellow left-hander Tibor Benedek, this pairing became world renowned and a coaches dream.


After winning the 2000 Olympic Gold, Kiss went onto dominate internationally at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, especially in final match against Serbia and Montenegro.

The Hungarian team was not at its best in the first quarter, but Kiss was able to score three great goals, helping them to keep up with Serbia and Montenegro.

After the Hungarian side came back to tie the game in the fourth quarter, Kiss fired in the game-winning goal on a 'power play' opportunity.

He was voted to the all-star team along with teammate Tamás Kásás.


Kiss dedicated his time to to the Hungarian League but had many stints in various clubs in Europe.


Hungary BVSC (1986–1990)

Hungary Tungsram SC, Kordax BSC (1990–1996)

Hungary FTC-Vitalin (1996–1997)

Italy Posillipo (1997–1998)

Hungary Újpesti TE-Taxi2000 (1998–1999)

Italy Canottieri Napoli (1999–2000)

Italy Universo Bologna (2000–2001)

Hungary Domino-Honvéd (2001–2008)

Montenegro Primorac Kotor (2008–2010)

Hungary TEVA-Vasas-UNIQA (2010–2012)

Hungary RacioNet Honvéd (2012–____ ) 2x

Malta Valletta United (2015)


Kiss was inducted into International Swimming Hall of Fame (2015) which was part of his long list of accodaes and honours.


- National youth athlete: 1995, 1996, 1997

- Member of the Hungarian team of year: 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008

- Ribbon Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2000)

- Golden cap (2000, 2004)

- Ribbon Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the - - Republic of Hungary (2004)

- Ribbon Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the - - Republic of Hungary with the Star (2008)[2]

- Honorary Citizen of Budapest (2008)

- Hungarian Water Polo Player of the Year: 2009

- Ministerial Certificate of Merit (2012)

Gergely Kiss - Legend of waterpolo.

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