Štefan Fernyák (born June 2, 1973 in Dunajská Streda) is a retired amateur Slovak freestyle wrestler, who competed in the men's lightweight and welterweight category. Fernyak claimed a bronze medal for the newly Slovak team in the 62-kg division at the 1993 European Wrestling Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, and later represented his nation Slovakia in two editions of the Olympic Games (2000 and 2004). Throughout his sporting career, Fernyak trained as part of the freestyle wrestling team for Dunajplavba Sports Club in Bratislava, under his longtime coach and mentor Ľubomir Lohyňa.
|Full name||Štefan Fernyák|
|Born||2 June 1973|
Dunajská Streda, Czechoslovakia
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||66 kg (146 lb)|
Fernyak made his official debut at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where he competed in the men's lightweight division (63 kg). He lost the prelim pool matches twice to Azerbaijan's Shamil Afandiyev and South Korea's Jang Jae-sung, who outclassed him with a technical superiority score, but offered a chance to receive a free triumph as the Turkish-born Australian wrestler Musa Ilhan suffered an injury from his match against Afandiyev. Finishing third in the elimination round and eighth overall, Fernyak's performance was not enough to put him further into the quarterfinals.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Fernyak qualified for the Slovak squad, as a 31-year-old, in the men's welterweight class (66 kg) by rounding out the top 10 spots from the 2003 World Wrestling Championships in New York City, New York, United States. He was placed by a random draw into a three-man preliminary pool against Turkey's Ömer Çubukçu and Hungary's Gábor Hatos. At the end of the pool, Fernyak could not generate a blistering record from Sydney with two straight losses each to Cubukcu (1–5) and Hatos (1–3) on two technical points, finishing only in third place and sixteenth overall in the final standings.
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- "Andrej Fašánek z Dunajplavby Bratislava zápasníkom roka" [Dunajplavba Bratislava's Andrej Fašánek is the wrestler of the year] (in Slovak). SME. 14 December 1999. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Sydney 2000: Wrestling – Lightweight Freestyle (63kg)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 124–125. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- "Fernyák si naplánoval reparát" [Fernyák expects to have better results] (in Slovak). SME. 4 August 2004. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
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- "Fernyák s miestenkou na OH 2004" [Fernyák takes the slot for the 2004 Olympics] (in Slovak). Slovak Olympic Committee. 15 September 2003. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Fernyák obsadí v kategórii do 66 kg 16. miesto" [Fernyák achieved a sixteenth-place finish in the 66 kg category] (in Slovak). Pravda. 27 August 2004. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Wrestling: Men's Freestyle 66kg". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2013.