Katalin Novák handed out the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Athlete of the Year Gala
At the M4 Sport - Athlete of the Year Gala, President of Hungary Katalin Novák presented the lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of Hungarian Sport Journalists (MSÚSZ) to Olympic silver medallist kayaker and master coach Mrs. Rozsnyóiné Katalin Fábián.
The Association of Hungarian Sports Journalists (MSÚSZ) has chosen Kristóf Milák, the world record holder in men's swimming, and Luca Kozák, the women's hurdler, as Athletes of the Year 2022.
The men’s national football team was chosen as the best team of the year in traditional team sports, while the women's national sabre fencing team became the winner in the team category of individual sports. Among the coaches, Marco Rossi, the national football team captain, received the most votes.
The winners of the vote organised for the 65th time were announced at the M4 Sport-The Athlete of the Year Gala at the Opera on Monday evening. The ranking orders were based on 423 votes.
In the contest of athletes with disabilities, parakayaker Péter Pál Kiss was selected as the winner, while the swimmer Bianka Papp was the winner in the women’s category. In the contest of teams, the national women’s wheelchair fencing team came first.
The Sports Moment of the Year was Kristoffer Zachariassen's goal against AS Monaco in the Europa League, which helped FTC to be the group winner. The shortlist of three was drawn up on the basis of more than 12,000 votes from fans, with the winner selected by a panel of professional jurors.
Ádám Torzsás was selected as the Athlete of the Year, while the trophy for the recreational sports activity of the year was presented to the organisers of Balaton Cross Swimming.
The awards were presented, among others, by Minister of Defence Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky who is also in charge of sports affairs, State Secretary for Sport Ádám Schmidt, former Real Madrid football head coach Fabio Capello, 11-time Paralympic champion Henrieta Farkasova from Felvidék (Slovakia), and President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) Zsolt Gyulay.
At the event, participants stood up to greet with a big round of applause the five-time Olympic champion gymnast Ágnes Keleti celebrating her 102nd birthday. Ágnes Keleti is the world’s oldest Olympic gold medallist.