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Ion Panţuru

Full name: Ion Panţuru
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: September 11, 1934 in Sinaia, Prahova, Romania
Affiliations: Bobclub Sinaia
Country: ROU Romania
Sport: Bobsleigh

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

In 1968, together with brakesman Nicolae Neagoe, Ion Panţuru won Romania's first medal at the Winter Olympics - which remains the country's only medal through 2009. In Grenoble, Panţuru also finished fourth in the four-man bob, just a tenth away from a second medal. The following year, Panţuru claimed a silver medal at the World Championships in Lake Placid, with Focşeneanu as a brakeman. However, he lost this medal in an American car while hitchhiking to the airport. The medal was found in a basement thirty years later, and was returned to Panţuru. His last international medal was won at the 1973 World Championships, when Panţuru and Focşeneanu came third. Before becoming a bobsledder, Panţuru was also a decent football player, as a goalkeepr for Carpaţi Sinaia in Romania's second division.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Men's Two Romania-1 ROU 13
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Men's Four Romania ROU 15
1968 Winter 33 Grenoble Bobsleigh Men's Two Romania-1 ROU 3 Bronze
1968 Winter 33 Grenoble Bobsleigh Men's Four Romania ROU 4
1972 Winter 37 Sapporo Bobsleigh Men's Two Romania-1 ROU 5
1972 Winter 37 Sapporo Bobsleigh Men's Four Romania ROU 10
1976 Winter 41 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Men's Two Romania-1 ROU 11
1976 Winter 41 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Men's Four Romania-2 ROU 14

Men's Two

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Romania ROU Final Standings
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Romania ROU Run 1
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Romania ROU Run 2
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Romania ROU Run 3
1964 Winter 29 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Romania ROU Run 4
1968 Winter 33 Grenoble Bobsleigh Romania ROU Final Standings
1968 Winter 33 Grenoble Bobsleigh Romania ROU Run 1
1968 Winter 33 Grenoble Bobsleigh Romania ROU Run 2
1972 Winter 37 Sapporo Bobsleigh Romania ROU Final Standings
1972 Winter 37 Sapporo Bobsleigh Romania ROU Run 1
1972 Winter 37 Sapporo Bobsleigh Romania ROU Run 2
1972 Winter 37 Sapporo Bobsleigh Romania ROU Run 3
1972 Winter 37 Sapporo Bobsleigh Romania ROU Run 4
1976 Winter 41 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Romania-2 ROU Final Standings
1976 Winter 41 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Romania-2 ROU Run 1
1976 Winter 41 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Romania-2 ROU Run 2
1976 Winter 41 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Romania-2 ROU Run 3
1976 Winter 41 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Romania-2 ROU Run 4