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Duna Aréna

The mentioned Alfréd Hajós was an all-rounder in several respects. On 11th April 1896, he won the first Olympic medal in swimming of the modern age over 100 metres freestyle in Athens and the first Olympic gold medal for Hungary in this discipline. On the same day, he also won the race over 1200 metres freestyle. In 1898, he was the winner of several Hungarian athletics championships and played in the national football team of his Country at that time. Meanwhile working as an architect, he received a prize for his design of the former Budapest swimming stadium in 1924. Then just as today, pools are, in a manner of speaking, the “sports equipment” of the best swimmers of the world. For the pools in and at the new Duna Aréna, one chose quality ceramics of the brand Agrob Buchtal: In the interior of the building, there are a competition pool of 50 x 25 x 3 m, a warm-up pool of 50 x 25 x 2.20 / 2.80 m (two depths because of movable floor), a diving pool of 25 x 22 x 5 m and a learners’ pool of 12.5 x 8 x 0.8 m. In the outdoor area of the Duna Aréna, there are a pool of 50 x 25 x 2.25 m with roofing as weather protection and a pool of 25 x 21 x 2.20 m for short course competitions and training. In addition, Agrob Buchtal tiles were used in the following area: approx. 2,000 m² of series ChromaPlural for the walls of changing rooms /corridors and approx. 6,000 m² of the series Quantum with grid profile for the pool surrounds.