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Hungary's Boy Wonder, Dani Gyurta, Swims Amazing Breaststroke Times -- March 25, 2003

By Norbert Agh and Phil Whitten

BUDAPEST, Hungary, March 25. THE amazing Dani Gyurta -- whose unprecedented progress SwimInfo and Swimming World have chronicled the last several years, has done it again.

Still just 13 years old, Dani vaulted himself into the lower reaches of world class men's times with two truly extraordinary performances last weekend at a long course meet in Budapest.

Competing unrested against Hungary's top international swimmers, Dani won both the 100 and 200 meters breaststroke. In the 100 he clocked a PR of 1:03.11, edging former world record-holder Karoly Guttler (1:03.26).

In the 200, he swam and even more amazing 2:14.64, easily defeating Ricky Bodor (2:17.60).

Daniel Gyurta was born May 4. 1989, stands 175 cm tall (5'9") and weighs 62 kg (136 lbs). He swims for the
Jövô SC (Future Sport Club) and is coached by Sándor Széles .

Dani says his goal is to win the 200m breaststroke in Athens and become one of the youngest Olympic champions in swimming history. According to the Hungarian head coach, Laszlo Kiss, this summer Gyurta will swim in the World Championships in Barcelona.

"The only thing on my mind now is that I have to keep focusing on training well," he says.

Dani plans on continuing his phenomenal progress and hopes to surprise some of the world's top swimmers at the World Championships.


RESULTS:

100 m breast: 1. Gyurta (Jövô SC) 1:03.11, 2. Güttler (Bp. Spartacus) 1:03.26, 3. Bodor (Pécsi Tási) 1:03.39.

200 m breast: 1. Gyurta (Jövő SC) 2:14.64, 2. Bodor (Pécsi Tási) 2:17.60, 3. Horváth Z. (Jövő SC) 2:18.56.