Ivan Patzaichin

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Personal information
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Sport
Club CS Dinamo București

Ivan Patzaichin (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈvan paˈt͡sajkin]; born 26 November 1949) is a Romanian sprint canoer who competed from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s.

Biography[edit]

Competing in five Summer Olympics, he won seven medals, more than any other competitor in the history of the Romanian canoeing events. This included four gold (C-1 1000 m: 1972, C-2 1000 m: 1968, 1980, 1984) and three silvers (C-2 500 m: 1980, 1984; C-2 1000 m: 1972).

He also won 22 world championship medals with nine golds (C-1 1000 m: 1973, 1977; C-1 10000 m: 1978, C-2 500 m: 1979, C-2 1000 m: 1970, 1981, 1983; C-2 10000 m: 1982), four silvers (C-1 1000 m: 1975, C-2 1000 m: 1971, C-2 10000 m: 1981, 1983), and nine bronzes (C-1 500 m: 1971, 1973, 1974; C-1 1000 m: 1974, 1978, 1979; C-1 10000 m: 1974, 1977, 1979).

Born in Mila 23, Tulcea County, to a Russian Lipovan family, he was a member of the Dinamo Bucharest canoe club. When he retired, Patzaichin became a coach and is now head of the Romanian national team, known as Amiralul ("The Admiral"). His pupils, including Olympic champion Florin Popescu, have won over one hundred sprint canoe titles.

External links[edit]

Ivan Patzaichin on 2004 Romanian stamps