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Krisztina David


Krisztina David is no stranger to grit, determination and playing the waiting game.

Amid injuries and surgeries, the Hungarian has fought her way onto the pistol podiums. At the 2018 World Championships, David fell short of a medal in the P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1).

But that did not deter David’s confidence. At the World Cup later that year in Chateauroux, France, David came away with the bronze to keep her name among the top pistol shooters.

The Hungarian pistol specialist has battled through thick and thin.

Having made her international debut at the 2010 World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, David spent the whole 2011 season competing with a shoulder injury which would see her require surgery that December.

In the years since, she has slowly been climbing the ranks in pistol events. In October 2013, she medalled for the first time at a major international Championships with a P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1) bronze at the 2013 European Championships in Alicante, Spain.

In March 2014, the 38-year-old set a new P2 finals world record at a World Cup in Great Britain. She went onto to win her first World Championship medal that summer.

In 2015 her World Cup season looked in doubt as David underwent major heart surgery. However, she recovered in time, going on to compete at three competitions and securing a win in her favourite event, the P2, in Fort Benning, USA.

Despite not winning a medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, David reached her best performance in P2 with a fifth-place finish.

The biggest threat to David’s success remains Iran’s Sareh Javanmardi, who left Brazil with two Paralympic golds.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

English, Hungarian
Higher education
Economics - University of Szeged: Hungary

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began shooting at age 23 in Szeged, Hungary.
Why this sport?
"I was interested in shooting from childhood but I only had the chance to visit a shooting range as an adult. It was just a hobby until I met my coach, who convinced me to spend more time training and competing."
Club / Team
Budapest Honved Sportegyesulet [BHSE]: Hungary
Name of coach
Andrea Zakor, HUN
Training Regime
She trains five days a week, up to two sessions a day. She also trains with kettlebells, practises Spartan fitness regimes, and swims twice a week to maintain her fitness.

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Zagreb, CRO

General interest

Kris (, 08 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Andrea Zakor. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When you give someone the recipe to achieve a good result, it's not like sharing a secret. If they don't have the right sensors to understand what's needed, it won't work." (, 13 May 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 16 Jun 2020)
In 1981 complications from heart surgery she had caused paraplegia. (, 13 May 2019; Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Other information
She had open heart surgery in February 2015, and was back shooting again by June of the same year. "My goal for the first half of the year was to regain my physical strength and adapt to my new circumstances. Some people say, 'You never forget how to ride a bicycle' and I assure you it's totally true about shooting as well." (, 16 Jun 2020;, 15 Jun 2015)

She has studied for a master's degree in psychology at Karoli Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Budapest, Hungary. (, 16 Jun 2020;, 12 May 2018)


Unit Date Rank
2010 IPC Shooting World Championships (Zagreb, Croatia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2010-07-22 8
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
P2 - Women's 10 m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2012-08-31 9
P3 - Mixed 25 m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2012-09-03 20
P4 - Mixed 50 m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2012-09-06 16
2014 IPC Shooting World Championships (Suhl, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2014-07-20 3
Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Final 2014-07-20 2
Mixed 25m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2014-07-22 28
Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2014-07-24 18
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
P2 - Women's 10 m Air Pistol SH1 Final Round 2016-09-09 5
P2 - Women's 10 m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2016-09-09 4
P4 - Mixed 50 m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2016-09-14 23
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
P2 - Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 7
P2 - Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Final 2018-05-05 4
P3 - Mixed 25m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 21
P4 - Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 26