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Gheorghe Gruia

Full name: Gheorghe Gruia
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3.5 (192 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: October 2, 1940 in București, Bucureşti, Romania
Died: December 9, 2015 in Ciudad de México, Ciudad de México, Mexico
Affiliations: Steaua, Bucureşti (ROU)
Country: ROU Romania
Sport: Handball

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Gheorghe Gruia started out as a versatile athlete, a successful junior in javelin and triple jump and playing volleyball in the Romanian league. At 21, he decided to dedicate himself to handball, starting at Steaua București. With that side, he would win eight national titles between 1963 and 1973. By 1964, Gruia had made it into the national team, barely 2½ years after properly starting to play handball. That same year, Romania beat Sweden 25-22 to retain the World title it had won in 1961. The Romanians, and Gruia, would again medal in 1967 (bronze) and 1970 (gold). When handball made its début at the 1972 Olympics (outdoor handball had been played in 1936), Gruia was one of the experienced players on the team, which went on to earn a bronze medal. Retiring in 1973, Gruia became a trainer at the Military Academy. He accepted a role as technical director for the Mexican handball team in 1978. He lived in Mexico since that time, later working as a sports director for the Televisa network and as a professor at UNAM.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 31 München Handball Men's Handball Romania ROU 3 Bronze

Men's Handball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G W S E DQ
1972 Summer 31 München Handball Romania ROU Final Round Match 3/4 1 1972-09-10 ROU 19, GDR 16 5 0 0 0 0
1972 Summer 31 München Handball Romania ROU Group B Match #1 1 1972-09-06 ROU 20, HUN 14 8 0 0 0 0
1972 Summer 31 München Handball Romania ROU Group B Match #3 2 1972-09-08 YUG 14, ROU 13 8 0 0 0 0
1972 Summer 31 München Handball Romania ROU Group C Match #1 1 1972-08-30 ROU 18, NOR 14 6 0 0 0 0
1972 Summer 31 München Handball Romania ROU Group C Match #3 1 1972-09-01 ROU 15, ESP 12 3 0 0 0 0
1972 Summer 31 München Handball Romania ROU Group C Match #5 1 1972-09-03 ROU 13, FRG 11 7 0 0 0 0
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