Ana Derșidan-Ene-Pascu

Ana Derșidan-Ene-Pascu (born 22 September 1944) is a Romanian fencer and sport leader. She won a bronze medal in the women's team foil events at the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics.[3][1]

Ana Derșidan-Ene-Pascu
Ana Pascu 2013 Fencing World Championships.jpg
Personal information
Born (1944-09-22) 22 September 1944 (age 76)
Bucharest, Romania[1]
Height163 cm (5 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight59 kg (130 lb)
ClubProgresul București
CSA Steaua București[2]
Head coachGhita Man
Angelo Pelegrini
Andrei Valcea[2]
Medal record


The daughter of the vice-president of the Romanian Table Tennis Federation, Pascu was fascinated as a child by elite sport.[4] Her first sport idols were table tennis players Angelica Rozeanu and Sari Szasz, who were then at the peak of their careers. When Pascu's father took a position at the Romanian Fencing Federation, she transferred her interests to the sport, which was practiced at the Athenaeum of Bucharest, and whose athletes spoke French.[4] At the age of eleven, she began to take fencing lessons with Italian master Angelo Pellegrini. Future champion Maria Vicol featured amongst his other pupils.

Pascu won the 1963 Junior World Championship in Ghent, a result she considers as the best of her career. She joined the senior national team, which featured Maria Vicol and Marina Stanca. They were later joined by Olga Szabo, Ileana Gyulai, Ecaterina Stahl and Suzana Ardeleanu.[4] Romania was one of the only countries at the time offering centralised training in fencing: the national team trained twice a day, nine months a year.[4] She made a brilliant career with the Romanian team: she won seven medals in the World Championships and took part in five Olympic Games, earning two bronze medals in 1968 and 1972. She was awarded the title of master emeritus in sports (Maestru Emerit al Sportului) for her performance.[5]

She retired in 1976, after the Summer Olympics of Montreal. In 1981, she gave birth to a son, Alexandru.[4] She led the Romanian Fencing Federation from 1982 to 2013, when she opted not to run for a new term, leaving the road open to Mihai Covaliu.[6] She now serves as honorary president of the FRS. She is also vice-president of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee since 2004.[5]

Pascu was a member of the Rules Commission of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) from 1984 to 1996 and sat at the Refereeing Commission from 1996 to 2004.[5] She is a member of the executive committee of the FIE since 2000 and a vice-president since 2004.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Ana Derșidan-Ene-Pascu". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b Ana Pascu. Romanian Olympic Committee
  3. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Ana Derşidan-Ene-Pascu". Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e Oana Dușmănescu (10 December 2014). "Interviu: "Cînd faci un sport de drag, nici nu îți dai seama ce sacrifici"". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian).
  5. ^ a b c d "Hall of Fame – Ana Pascu". International Fencing Federation. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  6. ^ Radu Levârdă (24 April 2013). "Ana Pascu: "I-am predat ştafeta lui Mihai Covaliu"". Sport Revolution (in Romanian).

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