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Hungarian hoping to swim off with medals galore

Hungary have already started these Olympics like a house on fire after the heroics of swimmer Katinka Hosszú winning three gold medals on her own in the pool. Here we preview if the team can add to this medal count in the sports featuring balls. As you can see the Hungarian water theme continues!

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1) Men’s Waterpolo

Hungary's Gabor Kis celebrates after scoring against Greece during their Bronze medal match at the men’s European Waterpolo Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrej Cukic)
Hungary’s Gabor Kis celebrates after scoring against Greece during their Bronze medal match at the men’s European Waterpolo Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrej Cukic)

Hungary are considered the world’s top power in the history of waterpolo, having won 15 Olympic, 10 World Championship. They fell short of the mark in London finishing a shocking fifth after three golds in a row. They will be looking to make amends with a strong showing in Brazil. They showed their intent by winning the qualification tournament, beating several of the European powerhouses along the way. Some of the names to look out for are the Varga brothers, Daniel and Denes, as well as Norbert Hosnyánszky, all of whom have experience and medals in bucket loads

 

2) Women’s Waterpolo

Team Hungary celebrates winning the bronze medal after defeating Russia in the women's match for the bronze medal at the European Championships Waterpolo at Pieter van den Hoogenband swim stadium in Eindhoven, south central Netherlands, Saturday Jan. 28, 2012. Hungary won the match with 9-8 score. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Team Hungary celebrates winning the bronze medal after defeating Russia in the women’s match for the bronze medal at the European Championships Waterpolo at Pieter van den Hoogenband swim stadium in Eindhoven, south central Netherlands, Saturday Jan. 28, 2012. Hungary won the match with 9-8 score. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

The Hungarians are looking to grab their first Olympic medal in Rio, that despite being one of the main forces in the game. They have finished an agonising fourth in Beijing and London, so the hope is to go at least one better this time round. They showed their intent by winning the 2016 European Championships held in Belgrade. Anna Illés is one of their star players and she competes in the highly competitive US college system.

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