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Olympian causes splash at University

Ágnes Kovács with BSC Sports and Exercise Psychology Student Jessica Frayne

AN OLYMPIC and world champion swimmer has caused a splash after giving a once-in-a-lifetime masterclass to students from University of Chichester.

Ágnes Kovács, who competed for Hungary at the Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, and Greece 2004 games, gave the lesson in breaststroke at the Littlehampton swimming club last month.

The Olympian’s visit followed an invitation from Dr Laszlo Nemeth, a Senior Lecturer at the University’s Physical Education Department, to meet PE and Sports Coaching students and staff and help with her doctoral studies.

Ms Kovács, who was named Hungarian sportswoman of the year for four consecutive years from 1997, also met with youngsters from the Littlehampton swimming club who had the opportunity to ask questions about her medal-winning career.

Ágnes Kovács with Alice and Anna from local swimming club

After achieving bronze and gold in the women's 200 breaststroke at the Sydney Olympic Games, and finishing fourth and fifth in the individual medley at Athens, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2014.

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First photo: Ágnes Kovács with BSC Sports and Exercise Psychology Student Jessica Frayne. Following photo: Ágnes Kovács with Alice and Anna from local swimming club.