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Anita Márton: “The key to success is perseverance and will”

Anita Márton has won the first Hungarian gold medal in the world indoor championships of athletics. The leading sportswoman, who graduated as a special education teacher at the University of Szeged (SZTE), won the female shot put with the best international result this year and with a national record at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. We have asked the world champion about her university years and the key to success.

The graduate from the University of Szeged has been the member of the sporting elite for years: she is the winner of several European indoor championships, as well as being silver medallist of the world championship in Portland in 2016. In 2018 she has become the champion of female shot put at the World Indoor Championships Birmingham, with a national record of 19.62 m.


“You were ill at the time of the Birmingham World Championships, where you won the first gold medal for Hungary in athletics. How did you find the strength to go through with it even in that state?”

“Luckily it was not so bad. During the week of the world championships I caught a slight cold. During the contest I felt quite alright, it was after that it got worse, as I had pushed myself to the limits, I had put all my energy into the contest. I knew that I had been working for this since grounding, so a little cold could not stop me.”

“You are said to be an excellent type of competitor because you usually throw your best in sharp situations, especially in the final round. Is this a conscious strategy?”

“It had not worked like that for me in the past but a sport psychologist helped me to learn how I could give my best during competitions, what I should do if I am nervous. Even though we sort of expect at least one of the three shots to go grand, it is not a conscious decision to throw the third shot furthest. Perhaps this is subconscious, because it is at this point that I feel I have no more chances.”

“After the world championship you left for the next competition in Portugal nearly instantly. Is there no stop? Have you got time for some rest?”

“In this case, I considered travelling as resting, and I also had a free weekend in Birmingham after the world championship. But after Portugal there is indeed no stop, we start preparing for the summer season, we go on a training camp.”

“What does your average day look like?”

“Breakfast, training, running errands, lunch, rest, training, dinner, sleep. I run my own household, I have two dogs, so I have things to do between trainings too. I’m usually not bored, I walk around a lot.”

“What do you think the key to success is?”

“Perseverance and will. Perhaps these two things are the most important.”

“You graduated from the University of Szeged as a Special Education Teacher. How do you look back on those years? Are you planning to work as a special education teacher?”

“I look back on those years with great joy. I definitely want to work with children in the future, either as a trainer or a special education teacher – I’m not yet sure which. Time and opportunities will decide this. But it is certain that I’ll be able to make good use of the things I learned at university.”

Text: Boglárka Kósa
Photo: M4 Sport

SZTE Experience

93292160_608489396406408_4799535565693255680_oOlney Rodrigues - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

My name is Olney Rodrigues de Oliveira and I am from Brazil. I am currently pursuing my PhD studies in the Doctoral School of Education at SZTE. I chose the University of Szeged because it’s one of the best universities in Europe, especially in the field of education. I personally love Szeged because it is safe and I love the architecture, the cultural events, the local Market Mars Tér and so many other beautiful destinations. For my studies I wanted to have an excellent university in a good quality life city and Szeged offers me that. It’s neither too big nor too small, I can ride my bike to go to my classes and practically everything is within a walking distance. I would advise the prospective students to enjoy the city during their stay, the cultural and historical events, know other international students and make a lot of friends, visit other cities in Hungary and make good memories. I am pretty sure that you will be proud of this priceless experience. Before coming to Hungary I worked several years as a teacher. I love the academic environment, the libraries, relationship with students and the feeling to be involved in the acquisition of new knowledge. That is why I plan to be part of a University as a professor as well as to keep researching in different aspects of the process of education. I am so thankful to be here and I believe that the Universe brought me to Szeged because the city and the University are the experience that I need in my life now.


Nikki - Faculty of Health Sciences and Social Studies

My name is Nikki and I am from Iran. Currently I am a second year student studying Physiotherapy at the University of Szeged. I really like the Environment of Szeged as it is a true University City where you can meet people from around the world. I consider Szeged as my second home since I have established my own path here and I have a lot of friends who make me feel home. The reason why I came to Szeged is because I was informed by one of my friends about the fact that the University degrees are EU accredited and will help me to reach my goals and open doors for future job opportunities. Once I have obtained my degree, I would like to stay in Hungary and pursue a post graduate program. Later on I will seize the opportunity to gain some job experience in my field here in Hungary before I hold my ground in Europe.