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Rita
Keszthelyi
HungaryHungary, HUN
Female
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
10 December 1991
Height
178 cm
Weight
68 kg
Residence
Budapest, HUN
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Hungarian
Higher education
Marketing, Sports Management - Budapest Business School: Hungary

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up water polo at age 10.
Why this sport?
She followed her father into the sport.
Club / Team
UVSE Budapest: Budapest, HUN
Name of coach
Marton Benczur [club]; Attila Biro [national], HUN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Driver, Wing
Handedness
Right

International Debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Hungary

General Interest

Nicknames
Ri (Facebook profile, 11 Jun 2015)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian water polo players Daniel Varga and Denes Varga. (bomalapitvany.hu, 21 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named on the All-Star team at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation, and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (fina.org, 28 Jul 2017; waterpoloworld.com, 07 Aug 2015)

She was named Hungarian Female Player of the Year in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. (vlv.hu 20 Dec 2016; vizipolo.hu, 15 Dec 2015; waterpolo.hu, 10 Dec 2014; sport.hir24.hu, 26 Dec 2013; delmagyar.hu, 02 Jan 2012)

She was named on the All-Star team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (24.hu, 19 Aug 2016)

She was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] of the 2014/15 OB 1 league in Hungary. (waterpolo.hu, 23 May 2015)

In 2012 she received the Silver Cross of Merit of Hungary [civil division]. (sport.hir24.hu, 17 Sep 2012)

She received the 2009 Ivan Szalay Award, given to the best junior player of the year in Hungary. (vlv.hu, 29 Apr 2009)
Famous relatives
Her father Tibor has represented Hungary in water polo, and competed at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Aug 2018; waterpolo.hu, 30 Dec 2014)
Ambitions
To win medals at the European championships and world championships. (m4sport.hu, 27 Jul 2018)
Other information
TEAM CAPTAIN
She has captained the Hungarian national water polo team. (origo.hu, 12 Dec 2017; hirtv.hu, 19 Jun 2018)