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How Passionate Are You ??

This story is about PASSION and how passionate you are about passion. Károly Takács, born on 21st Jan 1910 was a sergeant in Hungarian Army, during 1936 he was a world-class pistol shooter. But he was denied a place in Hungarian Shooting Team fot the 1936 Summer Olympics as he was sergeant and on commissioned officers allowed to compete. This prohibition was lifted in Berlin Games and thus Takács was expecting of success at the 1940 Summer Olympics, scheduled to be held in Tokyo.

During a army training session in 1938, he was training with grenades and his right hand was badly injured when a faulty grenade exploded. Now he has only left hand attached to his body, let us think what a right-hander can do with his left hand ?? Same was the situation with Takács.

Takács Károly shooting with his left hand.
Takács Károly shooting with his left hand.
Image by: Wiktor Kobyliński

But here starts the story. If he would have believed that he can’t do any-more in shooting then you were not reading this story right here. He was determined about his passion, he practiced in secret with his left hand and came up with the same skills in some time when he won the Hungarian national pistol shooting championship in the spring of 1939. And thus he selected for the 1940 Summer Olympics held to be in Japan.

So did he participated in 1940 Olympics ??

Here comes the the fate. The Olympic Games scheduled for 1940 and 1944 were cancelled due to the Second World War. The next Olympics event was scheduled in 1948.

Now guess one thing what would be the average age of an Olympian ?

  1.  22
  2.  20
  3.  25

Yes its 25 Years.

So what about the age of Károly Takács when he is participating in his first Olympics? He has crossed 38 summers till 1948. Most of the people in Hungary and Coaches were doubtful about the performance of Károly Takács at this age. But Takács surprised the world by winning the first gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, aged 38, beating the favourite, Argentine Carlos Enrique Díaz Sáenz Valiente, who was the reigning world champion, into second place, and setting a new world record.


So is story over?


He won a second gold medal in the same event at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, and also attended the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, and finished eighth and failed to win a third medal.

His story has given him a place among the “Olympic heroes” of the International Olympic Committee.

After his shooting career, Takács became a coach. He trained Hungarian Szilárd Kun, who also won the silver medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics.


Follow your dreams, be passionate about it; And follow it so badly that even you can not stop of yourself from achieving it!

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