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Ion Panțuru

Full name: Ion Panțuru
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: September 11, 1934 in Comarnic, Prahova, Romania
Died: January 17, 2016 in Ploiești, Prahova, Romania
Affiliations: Bobclub Sinaia
Country: ROU Romania
Sport: Bobsleigh

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

In 1968, together with brakesman [Nicolae Neagoe], Ion Panțuru won Romania’s first medal at the Winter Olympics – which remains the country’s only Winter Olympic medal through 2014. In Grenoble, Panțuru also finished fourth in the four-man bob, just a tenth away from a second medal. The following year, Panțuru claimed a silver medal at the World Championships in Lake Placid, with [Dumitru 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 30 years later, and was returned to Panțuru. His last international medal was won at the 1973 World Championships, when Panțuru and Focşeneanu placed third. At the European Championships Panțuru won gold as pilot of the four-man teams in 1967 and 1971, and had runner-up finishes in four-man in 1968-69 and two-man in 1967 and 1969, adding a bronze medal in four-man in 1970. Before becoming a bobsledder, Panțuru was also a decent football player, as a goalkeeper for Carpați Sinaia in Romania’s second division. He later served as coach of the Romanian bobsled team

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
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