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.
Tamás Kásás #5 (3 x Olympic Gold medalist)(World Champion 2003)
Son of the famous Hungarian waterpolo legend Zoltan (Olympic silver medal in 1972, a World Championship in 1973, and a European title in 1974).
Tamás was born to play waterpolo with an almost 200cm frame, swimming ability of a fish, agility of a tiger, ability to read the game like no other and a mindset which was cool as ice.
Kásás made his Olympic debut in 1996, where Hungary reached the semifinals before losing to the Manuel Estiarte led Spanish squad.
However, the Hungarian team bounced back to win European Championships in 1997 and 1999, as well as a Champions League cup in 1998, culminating with Olympic golds at Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.
In 2007 Kásás dedicated his earlier years to the Hungarian club system but went onto further his successful club career in Italy.
Hungary KSI SE ( ____–1994)
Hungary FTC-Vitasport (1994–1995)
Hungary Újpesti TE-Office & Home (1995–1997)
Italy Posillipo (1997–2003)
Hungary Vasas-Plaket-Euroleasing (2003–2004)
Italy Savona (2004–2006)
Italy Pro Recco (2006–2012)
5 x Euroleague winner
2 x LEN Cup winner
4 x LEN Super Cup winner
1 x Adriatic League winner
9 x Italian Championship winner
5 x Italian Cup (Coppa Italia) winner
Inducted into International Swimming Hall of Fame and being named as Immortal member of the Hungarian Association of Athletes, culminated in a long list of awards and accolades given to Kasás.
- Hungarian Water Polo Player of the Year: 1999, 2006
- Ribbon Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2000)
- Member of Hungarian national water polo team in the 20th century (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)
- FINA Aquatics World Magazine – The Best water polo player of the Decade (2010)
- Ministerial Certificate of Merit (2012)
Tamás Kásás a true legend of waterpolo.