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Gyula Pálóczi (13 September 1962 – 29 January 2009) was a Hungarianmarker athlete who specialized in the long jump and triple jump. He won two medals at the European Indoor Championships, and due to his versatility the European Athletic Association has called him "the most successful jumper Hungary has ever produced".

Long jump

Pálóczi first made his mark in international athletics at the 1983 European Indoor Championships in Budapestmarker. With a jump of 7.90 metres he won the silver medal, five centimetres behind compatriot László Szalma. Later that year Pálóczi competed at the inaugural World Championships. He leapt 7.70 metres in the qualifying round, which was not enough to reach the final. He missed the 1984 Summer Olympics due to the Soviet-led 1984 Summer Olympics boycott.

In the 1984–85 indoor season, however, Pálóczi won the gold medal at the European Indoor Championships. It was a very tight competition, with Pálóczi being tied by László Szalma but winning on countback; also he was one centimetre ahead of bronze medalist Sergey Layevskiy and two centimetres ahead of fourth placer Ján Leitner. The mark of 8.15 metres was his personal best indoor result. In the summer of 1985 he leapt a career best of 8.25 metres, achieved in August in Budapest.

Pálóczi later competed at the 1988 European Indoor Championships in Budapest, and this time finished seventh. He became the Hungarian long jump champion in 1984, 1986 and 1990, rivalling with László Szalma and Csaba Almási. He also became Hungarian indoor champion once; in 1985.

Later career

Pálóczi later concentrated on the triple jump. He became the Hungarian triple jump champion in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993 and 1994; his main rivals were Béla Bakosi and Zsolt Czingler. He also became Hungarian indoor champion in 1989 and 1990. In 1993 he recorded a career best jump of 16.87 metres, achieved in July in Tatamarker. Internationally he competed in the triple jump event at the 1993 World Championships, but with only 15.89 metres he finished near the bottom of the list, and did not reach the final.

Pálóczi also recorded 2.11 metres in the high jump. He stood tall, and during his active career he weighed . He died in January 2009 at the age of 46.


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