(2016 ☆ ARCHIVED) Renata Csay - Hungary

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RENATA CSAY (Hungary) – Nominee for 2016 ‘Sportswoman of the Year' award. (Photo credit: Tamas Kovacs)

  • Born: 1977, sports: canoe marathon (K1, K2), canoe sprint (K1); represents: Hungary
  • 2016: Gold K1 & K2 Canoe Marathon World Championships
  • 2015: Gold K2 & Silver K1 Canoe Marathon World Championships
  • 2014:  Gold K1 & K2 Canoe Marathon World Championships; Bronze K1 5000m canoe sprint world championships


The most decorated ever* canoe marathon paddler, Renata Csay has finished the 2016 world championships as a double gold medalist, taking her overall medal tally to 18 gold (7xK1, 11xK2) and 10 silver (3xK1, 7x K2). * 'Ever' as per 2016.

In the K1 event Renata and fellow Hungarian Vanda Kiszli worked together throughout the 26.2km race, paddling away from the field before she out manoeuvred her teammate in the closing stages to win in a time of 2:06.57.0. In the K2 race she paired with Alexandra Bara, with the crew controlling the race from South Africa the entire way.

With Renata Csay’s international career spanning back to 1997, her consistency at the top level is unparalleled. Achieving the double gold in the K1 and K2 is a feat in itself, but she has now done it five times in total (2003, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016), an accomplishment that will likely never be passed.

The unassuming and modest mother of two has indisputably been a driving force behind Hungary’s success in canoe marathon. At the 2016 championships the nation won an unprecedented 27 medals (14 Gold, 8 Silver, 5 Bronze) from a possible 34 over the 17 races — two boats nation per race.

Activities and achievements off the water:

  • Honorary citizen of the city of Gyor.
  • Married to Gábor Kolozsvári (C1 Men’s Canoe Marathon World Champion) with two children, Brúnó and Lili, who both already love paddling.

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