Ilona Elek

Ilona Elek

Birth
Budapest, Belváros-Lipótváros, Budapest, Hungary
Death 24 Jul 1988 (aged 81)
Budapest, Belváros-Lipótváros, Budapest, Hungary
Burial Farkasrét, Hegyvidék, Budapest, Hungary
Memorial ID 15049467 · View Source
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Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athlete. One of the greatest female fencers in the history of her sport. Elek competed for Hungary in three Olympiads, winning gold medals in 1936 (Berlin) and 1948 (London), and the silver in 1952 (Helsinki). She also won gold medals at the World Championships in 1934, 1935, and 1951, the silver in 1937 and 1954, and the bronze in 1955, and was Hungary's National Champion for all but two years from 1946 to 1952. Elek was born Ilona Scharerer in Budapest. She took up fencing as a teenager but did not begin competing until she was 26. Her relatively advanced age, along with a seven-year hiatus in her career because of World War II, make her accomplishments all the more impressive. She retired at 50.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 26 Jul 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 15049467
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ilona Elek (17 May 1907–24 Jul 1988), Find a Grave Memorial no. 15049467, citing Farkasreti Cemetery, Farkasrét, Hegyvidék, Budapest, Hungary ; Maintained by Find A Grave .