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Nicolae Martinescu

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameNicolae•Martinescu
Used nameNicolae•Martinescu
Born24 February 1940 in Vișani (ROU)
Died1 April 2013 in București (Bucharest) (ROU)
Measurements183 cm / 100 kg
AffiliationsDinamo București, București (ROU)
NOC(s) Romania

Biography

Nicolae Martinescu was the world’s top Greco-Roman light-heavyweight and later heavyweight wrestler during the late 1960s and early 70s. The high point of his career was at the 1972 Olympics, where he won Olympic heavyweight gold, after winning a light-heavyweight bronze at the 1968 Olympics. At the World Championships, Martinescu was less successful, winning light-heavyweight silver in 1963, heavyweight silver in 1971, light-heavyweight bronzes in 1966 and 1967, heavyweight bronze in 1974 and super-heavyweight bronze in 1970. At the European Championships, Martinescu won the light-heavyweight title in 1966 and heavyweight bronzes in 1972 and 1973. He was also an 18-time Romanian national champion between 1961-78. Martinescu was married to popular Romanian folk singer Mioara Velicu and later was active with the Romanian Wrestling Federation.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1964 Summer Olympics Wrestling Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic 4 Representing Romania    
1968 Summer Olympics Wrestling Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Romania    
1972 Summer Olympics Wrestling Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Romania    
1976 Summer Olympics Wrestling Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic =7 Representing Romania    

Other participations

Games Role Details
1976 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Romania