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Péter Baczakó

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full namePéter•Baczakó
Used namePéter•Baczakó
Born27 September 1951 in Ercsi (HUN)
Died2 April 2008 in Budapest (HUN)
Measurements171 cm / 84 kg
AffiliationsBKV Előre SC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC(s) Hungary

Biography

Only the second-ever Olympic weightlifting champion to come out of Hungary, Péter Baczakó won the 1980 middle-heavyweight title by finishing first in both the snatch and the clean & jerk. At that time, the Olympics doubled as the World Championships, and this performance thus also earned him three world titles, as separate medals are also awarded for these disciplines in World Championships. While this remained his only international victory, Baczakó was a regular visitor to the podium. His medal collection includes one further Olympic bronze, nine World championship medals (four overall), and 11 European Championship medals (three overall), all won between 1975 and 1982. Until 1979, he competed in the middleweight, switching to the middle-heavyweight in 1979, and to the first heavyweight in 1983, the final year of his career. In these three categories, Baczakó won a total of nine Hungarian titles before becoming a coach with his club, BKV Előre. He died of cancer at age 56, having spent the final months of his life in a wheelchair.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1976 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Light-Heavyweight, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Hungary    
1980 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Middle-Heavyweight, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Hungary    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1976 Summer Olympics 24 July 1976 Weightlifting Light-Heavyweight, Men (≤82½ kg, Biathlon) Final Standings 345.0 3
1976 Summer Olympics 24 July 1976 Weightlifting Light-Heavyweight, Men (≤82½ kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #1 152.5 AC
1976 Summer Olympics 24 July 1976 Weightlifting Light-Heavyweight, Men (≤82½ kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #2 157.5 AC
1980 Summer Olympics 27 July 1980 Weightlifting Middle-Heavyweight, Men (≤90 kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #3 170.0 AC