He was born in Gy?r and is the father of Béla Zsitnik Jr. In 1948 he was a crew member of the Hungarian boat which won the bronze in the coxed pairs event. Four years later he was eliminated with the Hungarian boat in the semi-final repechage of the eight competition. At the 1960 Games he was part of the Hungarian boat which was eliminated in the repechage of the coxless four event.
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