The Buday brothers joined forces in 1995 after successful careers at the junior level. Attila won three world junior crowns and Tamas jr. one but because of their age difference they were never together for any of the medal events.
But the success was certainly the beginning of a proud family heritage in
the sport. The boys father Tamas Sr., was a great paddler for the
Hungarian team. He won two medals at the 1976 Olympics in addition to four
world titles. His influence on his sons was so profound that by a young
age there was no question of the boys desire to pursue a career in the
sport. Their story is being used in movie theatres in Australia as a
promotion for the Games.
In 1996, they qualified for the Olympic Games in Atlanta and finished 11th
in the C-2 500 just missing the final. Then last year they reached a high
point placing fourth at the world championships to establish themselves as
a serious medal threat for Sydney.
In the boat, Tamas Jr. sits at the front and sets the pace while the more
experienced Attila is at the back and steers the craft.
Men's C-2 1,000m: Attila Buday and Tamas Buday, Mississauga, Ont., finished seventh in final.
Men's C-2, 1000m: Attila Buday and Tamas Buday, Mississauga, Ont., finished in a tie for second in semifinal heat, advanced to final.
Men's C-2, 500m: Attila Buday and Tamas Buday Jr., Mississauga, Ont., were eighth in heat, advanced to semifinals.
Men's C-2 1,000: Attila Buday and Tamas Buday Jr., Mississauga, Ont., were sixth in heat, advanced to semifinals.
The Buday brothers at the line
Seventh place finish for Budays
Canada's Attila and Tamas Buday
Canadian team of Attila and Tamas Buday
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