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One Handed Gold Medalist- Karoly Takacs

Have you ever heard of KAROLY TAKACS – he was an inspirational hero who is setting an example that “Nothing is impossible”

I will share the wonderful inspirational story of “THE MAN WITH THE ONLY HAND-KAROLY TAKACS”

Karoly Takacs was an army officer in the Hungarian army. Karoly was excellent in pistol shooting his aim was that “I will make my hand world’s best shooting hand”.

In 1938, his right hand was badly injured during army training as the faulty grenade exploded in his hand. He has only one aim and one goal in his life to make his right hand the best shooting hand in the world. But now you tell in this condition what normal person will think… why this happen to me?? And then that person will blame God and himself.

But, Karoly was a different man from others – “He did not focus what he lost but he focused on what he has”. He thought I don’t have a right hand so what I have left hand and I can make my hand as best shooting hand then, he went to a secret place and started focusing on his left hand. He consistently works hard for 2 years and now he was ready with his left hand.

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Where there is a will there’s way and if you want success you can find that way!!

In 1939, Karoly went to Hungarian national pistol shooting championship everyone there saying “look he has good sportsman spirit that he came here to motivate us” Karoly replied – I didn’t come to motivate you I came here to compete with you !!! all started laughing. All of them competing with their best hand but you know he is competing with his “only hand”. Do you know who won this competition??? KAROLY TAKACS by winning this game he surprised his countrymen.

He didn’t stop here, Karoly had an expectation that he will win the 1940 summer Olympics but due to world war the 1940 Olympics were canceled, still he won’t give up he thought he will participate in 1944 Olympics but, again this Olympics were canceled due to second world war.

Karoly was a very positive man he didn’t give up after the cancellation of two Olympics. He focused on the 1948 summer Olympics in London he surprised the whole world by getting the gold medal. He wasn’t stopped here he won the second gold medal in1952 summer Olympics in Helsinki.

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“He was the only man who continuously won the GOLD medal in Pistol shooting in two Olympics”

Everything is possible in this world if you focus on what you have instead of focusing on what you have lost.

Swikriti Dandotia

21 thoughts on “One Handed Gold Medalist- Karoly Takacs

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  • I have never heard of Karoly Takacs. But his story is really inspiring even today!

  • What an inspiration he is! Thank you for postive a positive story for us to read. I love that he was able to focus on what we had vs. what he did not.

  • What an amazing story. So inspiring. I had not heard of him, but glad to learn from his story. “Everything is possible in this world if you focus on what you have instead focusing on what you have lost.” – Love this!


  • What an inspirational story! This is my first time to hear this story! This is must share!

  • Great story! I hadn’t heard of him before but I love these kind of stories. My best friend’s brother was also born without a hand and yet he has become a renown chef, painter and electric guitar player. It’s amazing what we can achieve if we don’t allow ourselves to concede to blocks in our way.

  • I’m hearing about him for the first time, but he definitely earned my respect after reading his story. He is truly an inspiration.

  • I have not heard of Karoly Takacs but I am so glad I did through your blog. He is an inspiration for everyone, especially for kids and for those who once dreamt of something and could not do due to circumstances.

  • I don’t know who and I have not heard about Karoly Takacs. and I’m glad that you shared it. He is a great inspiration to all the people, Especially for kids.

  • I certainly wasn’t expecting a history lesson today. But now I know about a hungarian officedr who was the “fastest draw” . lol Thanks for sharing

  • Great story, I’ve never heard of him before but I love learning new things! Thank you for writing and opening up my knowledge base on this!

  • I have never heard about Karoly Takacs before. But I loved and I’m open to learning about new things like this.

  • I have never heard about Karoly Takacs and it is so interesting to learn about his story. I think I need to make another research about this man.

  • I’ve never heard of Karoly Takacs, but I loved reading all the history.

  • I love this post. I have never heard of Karoly Takacs before but i enjoyed reading.

  • That’s so inspiring. I love stories where people keep their perspective as positive as possible and continue to persevere. He earned that gold! 🙂

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