Francisc Horvat

Francisc Horvath (* October 19, 1928 in Lugoj ) is a former Romanian wrestler and bronze medalist at the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956 in the Greek - Roman style bantamweight.

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Francisc Horvath began as a teenager in Bucharest with the rings. He was a member of the Romanian security forces member of the Sport Club Dinamo Bucharest and was the first Romanian wrestler after 1945 to the international top class in Greco-Roman. Could advance style. Francisc began his international career with a third place in the Communist-controlled World Festival of Youth in East Berlin bantamweight behind the eventual world champion Artem Terjan from the Soviet Union and the subsequent Olympic champion Hodos Imre from Hungary.

It was also used in the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, was there but after two defeats do not have a 12 square. Also at the World Championships in 1953 in Naples, it was enough for him only the 11th place. Much better he cut off at the World Championships 1955 in Karlsruhe, where he finished in the featherweight with three wins and one defeat against the Hungarian world champion Imre Polyak a good 6th place.

The greatest success of his career, scored Francisc Horvath then at the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956. In bantamweight he fought his way with four wins the bronze medal. In this case, the feat also the big favorites Konstantin Wyrupajew from the Soviet Union he was able to defeat. A defeat against Sweden Edvin Vesterby prevented but that he was Olympic champion. Since Wyrupajew turn Vesterby defeated, it was because of the best points ratio from the preliminaries Olympic champion before Vesterby and Horvath. The bronze medal Francisc Horvath fought for, was the first medal by a Romanian wrestler at the Olympics at all.

1958 ended Francisc Horvath his career as an active wrestler and became a coach in the Romanian Wrestling Federation.

International success

(OS = Olympic Games, WM = World Championship, GR = Greek and Roman. Styles, Ba = bantamweight, featherweight = Fe, then to 57 kg or 62 kg body weight)

Romanian Championships

Francisc Horvath was 1952-1957 six Romanian champion in Greco-Roman Bantamweight