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Nicolae Linca

Full name: Nicolae Linca
Gender: Male
Born: January 2, 1929 in Cergăul Mare, Blaj, Alba, Romania
Died: June 28, 2008 in Feisa, Alba, Romania
Country: ROU Romania
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Nicolae Linca gained his fame by becoming Romania's first - and at the time of his death, only - Olympic boxing champion. Fighting with a broken finger, he defeated Ireland's Fred Tiedt in a controversial decision. Apart from this title, Linca had also won bronze medals in the welterweight division at the 1953 and 1955 European Championships. Professional careers were not allowed for fighters from the communist Romania and he always remained an amateur. In total, he disputed 306 fights, losing only 25. In the 1990s, journalists found Linca living in poverty, suffering from Parkinson's disease and, later, Alzheimer. He was granted an allowance as an Olympic medallist, but continued to suffer from his illnesses until his death at age 79.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Boxing Men's Welterweight Romania ROU 9T
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Boxing Men's Welterweight Romania ROU 1 Gold

Men's Welterweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR JF
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Boxing Romania ROU Round Two Match #7 2 Heidemann (GER) , Linca (ROU)
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Boxing Romania ROU Round One Match #14 1 1952-07-29 Linca (ROU) , Gascue (VEN) decision 3
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Boxing Romania ROU Final Round Match 1/2 1 1956-12-01 Linca (ROU) , Tiedt (IRL) decision 3
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Boxing Romania ROU Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1956-11-30 Linca (ROU) , Gargano (GBR) decision
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Boxing Romania ROU Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1956-11-28 Linca (ROU) , André (RSA) decision
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Boxing Romania ROU Round One Match #6 1 1956-11-24 Linca (ROU) , Hatch (FIJ) decision