Eva Risztov

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Éva Risztov. Photo courtesy of Reuters
Éva Risztov (born 30 August 1985 in Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary) is the 2012 London Olympics marathon swimming gold medalist. The former world-class pool swimmer became a dedicated open water swimmer in 2009. She was selected as the 2012 FINA Open Water Swimming Athlete of the Year.

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Professional Marathon Swimming Career

Risztov is a top-ranked open water swimmer in the 2011 FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup series and participated in the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China. She also competed in the 2011 FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit where she ranked 85th and won the first 2012 European Open Water Swimming Cup race in Eilat, Israel.

She also finished a close second, just out-touching teammate Anna Olasz at the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier. She finished second to Haley Anderson, but she reversed the order at the 2012 London Olympic 10km Marathon Swim in Hyde Park on 9 August 2012.

She is coached by Ferenc Kovácshegyi.

International Swimming Career

She won four silver medals at the 2002 European Swimming Championships and three silver medals at the 2003 World Swimming Championships. She won another silver medal at the 2004 European Swimming Championships and competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics where she came 4th in 400m individual medley. At the European Short Course Swimming Championships she won six gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal between 2002 and 2004.

She retired in 2005, but announced her comeback in 2009 as an open water swimmer and she competed at the 2010 European Swimming Championships in the10 km where she came 7th.

Achievements

FINA Olympic Marathon Swimming Qualifier Results

The final results:

1. Haley Anderson (USA) 1:44:30.6 - 2012 Olympian
2. Eva Risztov (HUN) 1:44:32.0 - 2012 Olympian
3. Anna Olasz (HUN) 1:44:36.8
4. Ashley Twichell (USA) 1:44:37.7
5. Fang Yanqiao (CHN) 1:44:38.7 - 2012 Olympian
6. Zsofia Balazs (CAN) 1:44:38.8 - 2012 Olympian
7. Ophelie Aspord (FRA) 1:44:42.3 - 2012 Olympian
8. Natalia Charlos (POL) 1:44:42.4 - 2012 Olympian
9. Anna Guseva (RUS) 1:44:43.0 - 2012 Olympian
10. Karla Sitic (CRO) 1:44:45.5 - 2012 Olympian
11. Nadine Williams (CAN) 1:44:48.8
12. Wing Yung Natasha Terri Tang (HKG) 1:45:00.6 - 2012 Olympian
13. Yumi Kida (JPN) 1:45:03.7 - 2012 Olympian
14. Ekaterina Seliverstova (RUS) 1:45:04.3
15. Olga Beresnyeva (UKR) 1:45:05.8 - 2012 Olympian (continental qualifier)
16. Linsy Heister (NED) 1:45:06.0
17. Cara Baker (NZL) 1:45:06.1 - 2012 Olympian (continental qualifier)
18. Yanel Pinto (VEN) 1:45:09.5 - 2012 Olympian (continental qualifier)
19. Lizeth Rueda Santos (MEX) 1:46:06.6
20. Xue Li (CHN) 1:46:08.2
21. Zupan Teja (SLO) 1:46:46.4
22. Carla Díaz (VEN) 1:46:46.4
23. Waaijer Maaike (NED) 1:46:57.2
24. Coralie Codevelle (FRA) 1:47:14.5
25. Angélica André (POR) 1:47:22.7
26. Nataly Caldas Calle (ECU) 1:47:35.7
27. Inha Kotsur (AZE) 1:48:01.8
28. Heidi Gan (MAS) 1:48:17.0 - 2012 Olympian (continental qualifier)
29. Charlotte Webby (NZL) 1:49:42.2
30. Daniela Pinto (POR) 1:50:41.2
31. Jessica Roux (RSA) 1:50:52.0 - 2012 Olympian (continental qualifier)
32. Natalie du Toit (RSA) 1:50:52.1
33. Al'ona Berbasova (UKR) 1:51:11.0
34. Alexandra Philippa Panayides (CYP) 1:53:53.0
35. Ellen Olsson (SWE) 1:54:50.4
36. Fiona On Yi Chan (HKG) 1:54:59.4
37. Laila El-Bassiouni (EGY) 1:56:57.1
38. Irene Kyza (CYP) 1:57:25.0
39. Omaima Moufid (MAR) 2:11:18.8
40. Alejandra Gonzalez Lara (MEX) - DNF
41. Rania El Abdi - DNS

2012 Olympic 10km Marathon Swim Results

GOLD Eva Risztov (HUN) 1:57:38.2
SILVER Haley Anderson (USA) 1:57:38.6
BRONZE Martina Grimaldi (ITA) 1:57:41.8
4. Keri-Anne Payne (GBR) 1:57:42.2
5. Angela Maurer (GER) 1:57:52.8
6. Ophelie Aspord (FRA) 1:58:43.1
7. Olga Beresnyeva (UKR) 1:58:44.4
8. Erika Villaecija (ESP) 1:58:49.5
9. Jana Pechanova (CZE) 1:58:52.8
10. Anna Guseva (RUS) 1:58:53.0
11. Melissa Gorman (AUS) 1:58:53.1
12. Karla Sitic (CRO) 1:58:54.7
13. Yumi Kida (JPN) 1:58:59.1
14. Yanel Pinto (VEN) 1:59:05.8
15. Natalia Charlos (POL) 1:59:58.7
16. Heidi Gan (MAS) 2:00:45.0
17. Cecilia Biagioli (ARG) 2:01:02.2
18. Zsofia Balazs (CAN) 2:01:17.8
19. Swann Oberson (SUI) 2:01:38.0
20. Wing Yung Natasha Terri Tang (HKG) 2:02:33.4
21. Lizeth Rueda Santos (MEX) 2:02:46.1
22. Marianna Lymperta (GRE) 2:04:26.5
Poliana Okimoto (BRA) DNF
Jessica Roux (RSA) DNF
Yanqiao Fang (CHN) DNS

2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Risztov was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award. Her World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Risztov Éva’s versatility as an individual medley swimmer proved valuable as she shifted gears from being a world-class pool swimmer to an Olympic champion. In pulling off arguably the greatest upset of the 2012 London Olympic Games, Risztov gambled on a high-risk strategy that she executed to perfection and earned her long sought after gold by the slimmest of margins. Fourth at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 400m individual medley, Risztov retired in 2005, feeling unfulfilled. But her hunger for an Olympic medal never waned and she returned as an open water swimmer in 2009. She didn’t immediately rocket to stardom. Rather, she paid her dues and learned along the way: getting bumped, beaten and red-carded. With a steely resolve and abundant confidence in London, she mimicked the favorite's winning strategy by going out fast, avoiding the physicality in the front, and facing down her rivals. For her long-held belief in her gold medal potential, for her humble willingness to shift disciplines, and for her risk-taking plan that turned the tables on the fast marathon swimming field in history, Risztov’s Éva is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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