Triple Olympic Gold Medalist at Brighton Savoy
By Michael Lee – 21-Dec-2013
Gyorgy (George) Karpati an old friend of Brighton Savoy owner Des Lee, competed as a member of the Hungarian National men’s water polo team in four Olympic games. The teams results is those games were:
- 1952 Helsinki – Gold
- 1956 Melbourne Gold
- 1964 Tokyo Gold
- 1960 Rome – Bronze.
George was apart of the infamous “Blood in the water” water polo match between Hungary and the USSR. In the background of the Hungarian revolution, and the uprising against the Soviet puppet government in Hungary, and the Soviet invasion of Hungary, some 30 days later the two countries found themselves competing against each other in this famous match. The Blood in the water tag came from A Hungarian Player having blood pouring from his face after being punched by a soviet player. Hungary won the game 4 – 0, but alas not the revolution.
George and his wife Susie are in Melbourne catching up with friends. It has been a very fulfilling experience to speak to George about some important aspects of world history first hand.
The cover of Georges ‘book is below.