Katalin Kovács (HUN)

Katalin Kovács (HUN)

Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
29 February 1976
172 cm
64 kg
Daughter Luca [2014]


General Interest

Kati, Kayak Queen (Facebook page, 26 Sep 2016; index.hu, 29 Jul 2016)
She injured her elbow after falling off a bike in late 2011 and aggravated the injury in early 2012. (origo.hu, 09 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do always what you believe in and believe in what you do." (index.hu, 29 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
She was awarded the The Knight's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit in 2000. She was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit in 2004 and the Hungarian Order of Merit with a star in 2012. (Facebook page, 26 Sep 2016)

She was named the National Sports Association Hungarian Athlete of the Year in 2003 and 2009. (Facebook page, 26 Sep 2016)

She was named Hungary's Canoe Athlete of the Year in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. (Facebook page, 26 Sep 2016)

She was voted Hungary's Female Athlete of the Year in 2002 and 2003. (Magyar Nemzet, 28 Aug 2010)
Other sports
She participated at the 2006 World Dragon Boat Championships in Chinese Taipei. She won five gold medals and one bronze at the event. (Canoeing International, 2007)
Other information
She retired from competitive canoeing in July 2016. "My heart is no longer with kayaking first, but with my family. With them I want lots and lots of time to spend on our dreams we have to achieve." (origo.hu, 29 Jul 2016)

International Debut

Competing for

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 11 in Hungary when her older sister took her along to the Budapest Spartacus Sports Club.
Why this sport?
Her sister encouraged her to try canoeing.


World ChampionshipsK2 200mPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Women36.8861Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 500mPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Women1:31.6071Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan21 August 20102010Women4:00.1242
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011Women2:51.9354
World ChampionshipsK4 500mHungary, Szeged19 August 20112011Women1:36.3391Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Women1:51.1491Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mCanada, Dartmouth15 August 20092009Women3:59.8461Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mGermany, Duisburg12 August 20072007Women1:48.6631Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Duisburg11 August 20072007Women4:06.8231Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 500mCanada, Dartmouth15 August 20092009Women1:33.0901Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 200mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Women35.0752
World ChampionshipsK2 200mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Women37.5081Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 500mHungary, Szeged20 August 20112011Women1:39.0994
World ChampionshipsK2 200mHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011Women37.6671Best result
Olympic GamesK2 500mChina, Beijing23 August 20082008Women1:41.3081Best result
Olympic GamesK4 500mChina, Beijing22 August 20082008Women1:32.9712
Olympic GamesK1 500mChina, Beijing23 August 20082008Women1:51.1394
Olympic GamesK4 500mEngland, London8 August 20122012Women1:30.8271Best result
Olympic GamesK2 500mEngland, London9 August 20122012Women2
Olympic GamesK2 500mGreece, Athens28 August 20042004Women1:38.1011Best result
Olympic GamesK4 500mGreece, Athens27 August 20042004Women1:34.5362
World ChampionshipsK2 500mGermany, Duisburg31 August 20132013Women1:48.0062Latest result
World ChampionshipsK2 200mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Women38.5084Latest result
Olympic GamesK4 500mAustralia, Sydney30 September 20002000Women1:34.9462
Olympic GamesK2 500mAustralia, Sydney1 October 20002000Women1:58.5802
World ChampionshipsK4 200mGermany, Duisburg12 August 20072007Women35.6172
World ChampionshipsK4 500mGermany, Duisburg11 August 20072007Women1:37.9512
World ChampionshipsK4 500mSpain, Seville1 September 20022002Women1:35.7241Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mPoland, Poznan26 August 20012001Women1:54.5813
World ChampionshipsK2 200mSpain, Seville1 September 20022002Women4
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mSpain, Seville31 August 20022002Women3:53.3401Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mSpain, Seville1 September 20022002Women1:52.1161Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan25 August 20012001Women4:09.7974
World ChampionshipsK4 200mPoland, Poznan26 August 20012001Women35.7151Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 200mItaly, Milan29 August 19991999Women35.9881Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 500mItaly, Milan29 August 19991999Women1:43.5683
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mItaly, Milan28 August 19991999Women3:55.9323
World ChampionshipsK4 500mPoland, Poznan26 August 20012001Women1:36.0831Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 500mUnited States, Gainesville, GA14 September 20032003Women1:31.6321Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 200mUnited States, Gainesville, GA14 September 20032003Women35.6651Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 200mHungary, Szeged20 August 20062006Women34.6501Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 500mHungary, Szeged20 August 20062006Women1:31.7631Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20062006Women3:48.9821Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 500mHungary, Szeged20 August 20062006Women1:41.9981Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 200mHungary, Szeged20 August 20062006Women37.4231Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20062006Women3:23.4881Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 200mCroatia, Zagreb28 August 20052005Women37.1011Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mUnited States, Gainesville, GA13 September 20032003Women4:00.9551Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mUnited States, Gainesville, GA14 September 20032003Women1:48.9961Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 1000mCroatia, Zagreb27 August 20052005Women3:40.8611Best result
World ChampionshipsK2 500mCroatia, Zagreb28 August 20052005Women1:39.7041Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 500mItaly, Milan29 August 19991999Women1:33.9931Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 200mHungary, Szeged6 September 19981998Women36.8891Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 500mHungary, Szeged6 September 19981998Women1:43.9912
European ChampionshipsK2 200mGermany, Brandenburg26 June 20092009Women37.1312
European ChampionshipsK4 200mGermany, Brandenburg26 June 20092009Women35.0091
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Brandenburg27 June 20092009Women3:56.3101
European ChampionshipsK1 500mGermany, Brandenburg28 June 20092009Women1:49.6441
European ChampionshipsK2 500mSpain, Trasona4 July 20102010Women1:39.6271
European ChampionshipsK1 500mItaly, Milan18 May 20082008Women1:56.1951
European ChampionshipsK1 500mSpain, Pontevedra1 July 20072007Women1:54.5982
European ChampionshipsK2 200mCzech Republic, Racice9 July 20062006Women36.8041
European ChampionshipsK2 500mCzech Republic, Racice9 July 20062006Women1:39.7331
European ChampionshipsK4 500mSpain, Pontevedra1 July 20072007Women1:40.0272
European ChampionshipsK4 200mSpain, Pontevedra1 July 20072007Women37.3122
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mSpain, Pontevedra30 June 20072007Women4:09.4902
European ChampionshipsK2 200mSpain, Trasona4 July 20102010Women37.6681
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mSpain, Trasona3 July 20102010Women4:07.8614
European ChampionshipsK2 200mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho16 June 20132013Women39.3631Latest result
European ChampionshipsK2 500mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho16 June 20132013Women1:45.8493Latest result
World ChampionshipsK4 500mCanada, Dartmouth24 August 19971997Women1:37.9672
World ChampionshipsK4 200mCanada, Dartmouth24 August 19971997Women37.2394
World ChampionshipsK2 1000mCanada, Dartmouth23 August 19971997Women3:42.6354
European ChampionshipsK4 500mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho15 June 20132013Women1:31.1141Latest result
European ChampionshipsK2 500mCroatia, Zagreb24 June 20122012Women1:38.7041
European ChampionshipsK2 500mSerbia, Belgrade19 June 20112011Women1:40.2071
European ChampionshipsK2 200mSerbia, Belgrade19 June 20112011Women37.8201
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mSerbia, Belgrade18 June 20112011Women3:55.2321
European ChampionshipsK4 500mCroatia, Zagreb23 June 20122012Women1:34.8323
European ChampionshipsK2 1000mCzech Republic, Racice8 July 20062006Women3:36.1601
European ChampionshipsK4 200mCzech Republic, Racice9 July 20062006Women33.9391
European ChampionshipsK4 500mCroatia, Zagreb11 July 19991999Women1:35.1261
European ChampionshipsK2 1000mBulgaria, Plovdiv6 July 19971997Women3:39.6642
European ChampionshipsK4 200mCroatia, Zagreb11 July 19991999Women36.4592
European ChampionshipsK2 1000mCroatia, Zagreb11 July 19991999Women3:38.9192
European ChampionshipsK2 500mCroatia, Zagreb11 July 19991999Women1:41.5072
European ChampionshipsK4 500mBulgaria, Plovdiv6 July 19971997Women1:36.3632
World CupIndividual Kayak22 August 20102010Women17
World CupIndividual Kayak25 June 20002000Women37
World CupIndividual Kayak28 July 20022002Women5
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20072007Women5
World CupIndividual Kayak29 June 20082008Women6
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mCroatia, Zagreb11 July 19991999Women3:56.8092
European ChampionshipsK1 500mCroatia, Zagreb11 July 19991999Women1:52.3022
European ChampionshipsK2 500mPoland, Poznan31 July 20052005Women1:41.9591
European ChampionshipsK2 1000mPoland, Poznan30 July 20052005Women3:36.1711
European ChampionshipsK2 200mPoland, Poznan31 July 20052005Women37.3921
European ChampionshipsK4 1000mCzech Republic, Racice8 July 20062006Women3:15.3891
European ChampionshipsK4 500mCzech Republic, Racice9 July 20062006Women1:31.4581
European ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan22 May 20042004Women3:55.0951
European ChampionshipsK4 200mPoland, Poznan23 May 20042004Women35.5962
European ChampionshipsK4 500mPoland, Poznan9 July 20002000Women1:31.8952
European ChampionshipsK4 200mPoland, Poznan9 July 20002000Women35.7681
European ChampionshipsK2 500mPoland, Poznan9 July 20002000Women1:40.3482
European ChampionshipsK4 500mPoland, Poznan23 May 20042004Women1:33.6202