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Bence Olah


SportShort Track
Born26 Mar 1992 in Szeged 
Higher educationMedicine - Semmelweis University: Budapest, HUN
OccupationAthlete, Medical Professional
LanguagesEnglish, French, Hungarian
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 41.728 05 Nov 2016 Calgary  
    1000m 1:23.991 12 Nov 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:17.465 18 Feb 2011 Dresden  
    1500m 2:15.060 13 Nov 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 5:15.303 30 Dec 2011 Budapest  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
European Championships
European Championships
    5000m Relay   1    
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachAkos Banhidi [national], HUN  
Reason for choosing this sport"I like the speed and excitement."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHis mother, and his grandmother. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)  
Hero / IdolSwiss tennis player Roger Federer, French footballer Eric Cantona, Italian footballer Mario Balotelli. (Athlete, 13 Jan 2017, 12 Feb 2016)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up short track in 2000 in Szeged, Hungary.  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Just do it." (Athlete, 12 Feb 2016)  
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsHe competed in track cycling at the 2020 National Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (, 19 Sep 2020)  
AmbitionsTo win gold in the 5000m relay at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 19 Sep 2020;, 30 Jan 2019)  
Awards and honoursIn February 2019 he and fellow short track relay teammates were named 2018 Hungarian Team of the Year after they won gold at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang [5000m relay] at a gala event in Budapest, Hungary. (, 16 Feb 2019;, 22 Feb 2018)

He was a reserve for the men's 5000m relay team that won Hungary's first gold medal in any sport at the Olympic Winter Games by claiming victory at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (OIS, 22 Feb 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jan 2021)
Other informationCAREER BREAK
After graduating from Semmelweis University in 2019 with a degree in medicine, he decided delay his career in hematology in order to focus his attention on preparing for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. "If I manage to get to the Olympics [2022 in Beijing] my goal would be to be able to stand on the podium there as well. After that I would definitely like to work in the hematology department, if I came home with a medal." (, 19 Sep 2020;, 18 Sep 2020;, 30 Jan 2019)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2015/2016 European Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 European Championships 5000m Relay4  
    2013/2014 European Championships 5000m Relay5  
    2008/2009 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2010/2011 European Championships 5000m Relay6  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay9  
    2009/2010 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay10  
    2010/2011 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay11  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1500m24  
    2010/2011 European Championships Overall24  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1500m25  
    2009/2010 World Championships Overall30  
    2010/2011 World Championships Overall31  
    2009/2010 World Championships 500m32  
    2010/2011 World Championships 500m32  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1000m32  
    2011/2012 World Championships 500m33  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1000m35  
    2011/2012 World Championships Overall35  
    2009/2010 World Junior Championships Overall36  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1500m41  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1000m44  
    2008/2009 World Junior Championships Overall44  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships Overall59  
    2010/2011 World Junior Championships Overall61  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 5000m Relay1  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 5000m Relay2  
    2019/2020 Dresden 5000m Relay6  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay7  
    2015/2016 Dresden 5000m Relay9  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 2000m Relay10  
    2010/2011 Dresden 5000m Relay11  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m15  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m21  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1000m22  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m23  
    2010/2011 Dresden 500m26  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 500m26  
    2008/2009 Dresden 500m27  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1000m27  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m28  
    2010/2011 Dresden 1500m29  
    2019/2020 Dresden 500m29  
    2012/2013 Dresden 500m34  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m34  
    2008/2009 Dresden 1500m35  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1000m35  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m35  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 500m36  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m41  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m41  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m42  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1000m43  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m47  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m48  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 500m56  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 1500m58  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1000m60  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 500m61  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 500m63  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 500m68  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1000m77  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1000m79  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 500m83  
    2008/2009 World Cup Classification 500m86  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 500m87  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1500m88  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 1500m90  
    2008/2009 World Cup Classification 1500m94  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 1000m99  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m122  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1500m124  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1500m130