Our history is full of true legends and great personalities who have inspired their generations with their optimistic positive attitude and hard work. They were all great in their own ways and no one can question their chronicles. So today we are going to talk about one such legend named Karoly Takacs -“The man with the only hand”.
Karoly Takacs was born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary on 21 January 1910. He was in Hungarian Army. By 1936, he was a world-class pistol shooter and wanted to participate in 1936 Summer Olympics. But Takacs was denied a place in the Hungarian shooting team on the grounds that he was just a sergeant, and only commissioned officers were allowed to compete. But he didn’t remain disappointed for long time. That prohibition was lifted in Hungary after the Berlin Games, and Takacs had new expectations of success at the 1940 Summer Olympics, scheduled to be held in Tokyo.
But life is twisted goddess, it’s hurt you the most when you least expected it. In 1938, just few months before the Olympics, during one army training a faulty grenade explosion accident cost Takacs his right hand. Now without his shooting hand, Takacs’ all chances of success were shattered. But Takács wasn’t ready to accept that, so he decided to switch his shooting hand.
For months Takacs practiced shooting with left hand, all by himself. No one knew what he was doing. Maybe he didn’t want to subject himself to people who most certainly would have discouraged him from his rekindled dream.
All those hard work did come fruitful when he surprised his countrymen by winning the Hungarian national pistol shooting championship in the spring of 1939. After that success Takacs never looked back. He was a member of the Hungarian team that won the 1939 ISSF World Shooting Championships. Karoly Takacs won the gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, aged 38, beating the favourite, Argentine Carlos Enrique Díaz Sáenz Valiente, who was the reigning world champion, into second place, and setting a new world record.
He won a second gold medal in the same event at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, and also attended the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, but finished eighth and failed to win a third medal. His story has given him a place among the “Olympic heroes” of the International Olympic Committee.
Today Karoly Takacs is a national hero of Hungary and idol for all sports men. He has shown the world the true power of positive attitude and hard work.
So remember, if you want to achieve something, then all you have to do is stay positive and put your honest effort for it.