Attila Vajda (HUN)

Attila Vajda (HUN)

Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
17 March 1983
179 cm
89 kg
Son David
Szeged, HUN
Higher education
University of Szeged: Hungary


General Interest

Hero / Idol
Hungarian sprint paddler Gyorgy Kolonics. (, 26 Nov 2013)
In late 2014 he was found to have a blood clot of eight to 10 inches in his left calf. He required treatment to thin his blood and did not return to training for two months. (, 24 Feb 2015;, 04 Dec 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dare to dream greatness. Believe me, I like to laze too, but this is important to know that you can defeat something again." (, 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named Hungarian Male Flatwater Canoeist of the Year in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. (Facebook page, 13 Aug 2015;, 01 Dec 2014)

He was named 2008 Sportsman of the Year by the National Sports Federation [NSSZ] in Hungary. (, 04 Dec 2014;, 21 Feb 2009)

He was named 2008 Sportsman of the Year by sports journalists in Hungary. (, 19 Dec 2008)

In 2008 he received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary. (, 04 Dec 2014)

In 2007 he received a Junior Prima Award in Hungary, given for outstanding performance by a person under the age of 30. (, 18 Sep 2013)

In 2004 he received the Gold Cross of Merit of Hungary. (, 04 Dec 2014)
Other sports
He has played football at county level in Hungary for Pusztamerges. (, 26 Jun 2011)
Other information
After winning a gold medal in the C1 1000m at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he dedicated the victory to Hungarian sprint paddler Gyorgy Kolonics, who had died the previous month. (, 26 Nov 2013;, 22 Aug 2008)

At age seven he suffered a serious injury during wrestling practice after hitting his head on a wooden floor. He had to relearn how to speak, read and write. (Magyar Nemzet, 15 Aug 2007)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 10.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to pursue the sport after watching Gyorgy Kolonics win a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Club / Team
EDF Demasz-Szeged: Hungary
Name of coach
Viktor Vecsi [personal], HUN; Marton Sik, HUN; Gaspar Boldizsar, HUN; Botond Storcz [national], HUN


Olympic GamesC1 200mEngland, London11 August 20122012Men44.46611
Olympic GamesC1 1000mEngland, London8 August 20122012Men3:50.9266Best result
Olympic GamesC1 500mChina, Beijing23 August 20082008Men1:50.1569
Olympic GamesC1 1000mChina, Beijing22 August 20082008Men3:50.4671Best result
Olympic GamesC1 1000mGreece, Athens27 August 20042004Men3:49.0253Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 1000mItaly, Milan22 August 20152015Men3:56.8807Best result
World ChampionshipsCanoe Single (C1) 5000mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Men23:57.30011
World ChampionshipsC1 1000mRussia, Moscow9 August 20142014Men3:49.2963Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 5000mRussia, Moscow9 August 20142014Men23:11.0572Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 1000mGermany, Duisburg31 August 20132013Men4:09.1231Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 5000mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Men22:24.1492Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20112011Men4:04.7491Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 1000mPoland, Poznan21 August 20102010Men3:51.9212Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 500mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Men1:52.50510
World ChampionshipsC1 1000mCanada, Dartmouth15 August 20092009Men4:09.8258Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 4 x 200m RelayCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Men2:51.9772Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 1000mGermany, Duisburg11 August 20072007Men4:08.5631Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20062006Men4:11.3473Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 500mCroatia, Zagreb28 August 20052005Men1:51.5379
World ChampionshipsC1 1000mCroatia, Zagreb27 August 20052005Men4:01.9676Best result
European ChampionshipsC1 1000mRussia, Moscow25 June 20162016Men3:56.6404Latest resultBest result
European ChampionshipsC1 1000mGermany, Brandenburg12 July 20142014Men3:55.5772Best result
European ChampionshipsC1 1000mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho15 June 20132013Men3:55.7814Best result
European ChampionshipsC1 1000mSerbia, Belgrade18 June 20112011Men3:54.8298
European ChampionshipsC1 500mGermany, Brandenburg28 June 20092009Men1:51.7875
European ChampionshipsC1 1000mGermany, Brandenburg27 June 20092009Men3:51.9341Best result
European ChampionshipsC1 4 x 200m RelayGermany, Brandenburg26 June 20092009Men2:51.2543Best result
European ChampionshipsC1 1000mItaly, Milan17 May 20082008Men4:08.8398
European ChampionshipsC1 500mSpain, Pontevedra1 July 20072007Men1:58.0038
European ChampionshipsC1 1000mSpain, Pontevedra30 June 20072007Men4:04.4291Best result
European ChampionshipsC1 1000mPoland, Poznan30 July 20052005Men3:55.4704Best result
World CupIndividual Canadian23 August 20152015Men13
World CupIndividual Canadian10 August 20142014Men6
World CupIndividual Canadian1 September 20132013Men4Best result
World CupIndividual Canadian3 June 20122012Men25
World CupIndividual Canadian21 August 20112011Men14
World CupIndividual Canadian22 August 20102010Men11
World CupIndividual Canadian7 June 20092009Men2Best result
World CupIndividual Canadian29 June 20082008Men5Best result
World CupIndividual Canadian3 June 20072007Men7
World CupIndividual Canadian24 September 20062006Men4Best result
World CupIndividual Canadian28 August 20052005Men12