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.
Centre Forward Tamás Molnár #12 (3 x Olympic Gold medalist)(World Champion 2003) Molnár got his first call up t the national team in 1997 and from there, never looked back. Molnár was a specialist centre forward who managed to evolve the position into being a specialist allrounder and became known for his perimeter sharp-shooting prowess. He dedicated the majority of his playing career to the Hungarian league with sporadic stints with overseas clubs Croatia and Serbia. Molnár also created history by helping Neptunes waterpolo club in Malta win five successive league titles between 2010 - 2014. Hungary Tabán Trafik-Szeged ( ____–1998) Hungary Újpesti TE-Taxi2000 (1998–1999) Croatia Primorje Erste Banka Rijeka (1999–2000) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia NIS Naftagas-Bečej (2000–2001) Hungary Domino-Honvéd (2001–2009) Hungary DIAPOLO Szeged (2009–2014) 2x Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (2015), Molnar collected many awards and accolades for his achievements
Master youth athlete: 1995 Member of the Hungarian team of year: 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008 Hungarian Water Polo Player of the Year: 1998 Ribbon Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2000) 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) Honorary Citizen of Budapest (2008)
Tamás Molnár - legend of waterpolo.