Ion Baciu

Ion Baciu ( born May 12, 1944 in Tunari, Ilfov County ) is a former Romanian wrestler. He was world champion in 1967 and winner of the silver medal at the 1968 Olympic Games in Greco -Roman style, each bantamweight.


Ion Baciu began as a teenager with the rings. After his talent was recognized, he was delegated to Rapid Bucharest and Steaua Bucharest later. Its great progress in Greco-Roman style, he had mainly thanks to the coach Marin Beluşica. After the World Champion had resigned Bantamweight 1965 Ion Cernea, followed this Ion Baciu after as representatives of the Romanian struggle bantamweight.

Already in his first start in an international championship, the European Championships 1966 in Essen won Ion Baciu a medal, a bronze. Also at the World Championships this year in Toledo / USA he cut perfectly from the 5th Place. In both championships he wrestled against Fritz rod from the Federal Republic of Germany, who left both championships as a winner, a draw.

After a disappointing 12th place at the European Championships 1967 in Minsk, in which, however, he had a very tough draw, he succeeded at the World Championships this year, the greatest triumph of his career. In domestic Bucharest, he became world champion with five wins and a draw. Particularly noteworthy is his victory over the Soviet Starter Rustem Kazakov.

Also at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City Ion Baciu was in excellent shape. He defeated there bantamweight inter alia, David Hazewinkel from the U.S. and Christo Traikow from Bulgaria and struggled against the eventual Olympic champion in this weight class János Varga undecided. A defeat against Soviet athlete Iwan Kochergin prevented but the already tangible Olympic victory. Ion Baciu had to settle for the silver medal.

In the course of his career Ion Baciu still won a silver medal at the European Championships in 1970 in East Berlin and a bronze medal at the 1972 European Championship in Katowice. The 1972 Olympic Games in Munich in the bantamweight, where he threw Christo Traikow out of the race, he finished in 6th place

After his time as an active wrestler, during which he served in the Romanian Army, he trained as a physical education teacher, which he completed in 1991.

International success

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

Countries fighting


  • Journal Athletics from 1966 to 1973
  • DOCUMENTATION of International Wrestling Championships FILA, 1976,
  • Yearbook 1972 of the German Federal Ringer, athletics -Verlag Karlsruhe, 1972,
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