…that Benedek Tibor, three-time Olympic Gold medalist who passed away last year, was voted by a jury of 40 sport experts and 50,000 spectators to be the best water polo player of the 21st century?
He first played at the 1992 Summer Olympics, followed by 1996 Summer Olympics, where the team was placed 6th, and 4th, respectively. He also played at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics where his team, the “Domino-Honvéd” won the Gold medal. His 65 goals placed him second on the all-time Olympic scoring list.
Tibor was a head coach of Hungary's men’s national water polo team from 2013 to 2016.
He was Hungarian Water Polo Player of the Year in 1992, 1993 and 1994. In 2016, he was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Besides being an Olympic Gold medalist, he was also multiple World and European champion.
Benedek Tibor died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 47, on June 18, 2020.
May he rest in peace!