Nicolae Linca

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Nicolae Linca
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Personal information
Born 1 January 1929
Cergăul Mare, Blaj, Romania
Died 27 June 2008 (aged 79)[1]
Feisa, Romania
Sport
Sport Boxing
Club Dinamo Bucharest[2]
Coached by Constantin Nour.[3]

Nicolae Linca (1 January 1929 – 27 June 2008) was a Romanian amateur welterweight boxer. After winning bronze medals at the 1953 and 1955 European championships he became Romania's first Olympic champion in boxing in 1956. Fighting with a broken finger, he won against Fred Tiedt in a 3:2 split decision. He retired with a record of 25 losses out of 306 bouts and later worked as a boxing coach.[2] By the 1990s he was living in poverty and suffering from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, which led to his deaths at the age of 79.[1] In 2005 he was awarded the Sports Merit Order of First Class.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nicolae Linca. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b Nicolae Linca. Romanian Olympic Committee
  3. ^ "Olimpiada desfăşurată pe două continente" (in Romanian). Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nicolae Linca, marele pugilist al Romaniei, s-a stins din viata" (in Romanian). Retrieved 5 April 2014.