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 'Meastro' Tibor Benedek #8 (3 x Olympic Gold medalist)(World Champion 2003)
Debuting in the national team 1990, attending his first Olympics Games, Atlanta 1996.
One of the most astute players in the modern game seeing him take the speed of the waterpolo to new heights.
Benedek was unpredictable and paired alongside Gergely Kiss, become one of the most formidable left-hander pairings in world waterpolo.
Benedek was named Hungarian Water Polo Player of the Year in 1992, 1993 and 1994 and was the recipient of many accolades throughout his esteemed career, culminating in the induction of International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2015.
- Hungarian Water Polo Player of the Year: 1992, 1993, 1994, 2002
- Member of the Hungarian team of year: 1993, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008
- 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)
Benedek dedicated the majority his professional playing career in Italy, Firstly with Roma and then with Pro Recco, winning many a championship.
5 x Euroleague winner
1 x LEN Cup winner
5 x LEN Super Cup winner
1 x Adriatic League winner
6 x Hungarian Championship winner
3 x Hungarian Cup winner
1 x Hungarian SuperCup winner
7 x Italian Championship winner
5 x Coccarda Coppa Italian Cup winner...to name a few!
Tibor Benedek, having won nearly every trophy in the modern game, certainly makes him a Legend of Waterpolo.