Hungary coach Tibor Benedek won't seek new contract in 2017

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) " The head coach of Hungary's national water polo team says he will not seek to renew his contract when it expires at the end of the year.

Tibor Benedek, who as a player won Olympic gold medals in 2000, 2004 and 2008, has coached the team since 2013, winning the world championships in his first year.

Benedek said Thursday in a statement released by the Hungarian water polo federation that he had recently "evaluated the period left behind." He did not offer more detailed reasons for his decision.

Under Benedek, Hungary also won a silver medal at the 2014 European Championship and a bronze in 2016 but finished a disappointing fifth at this year's Rio Olympics.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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