Ignazio Fabra (25 April 1930 – 13 April 2008) is a flyweight Greco-Roman wrestler from Italy.[1] He won a world title in 1955 and finished second at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics and 1962 and 1963 world championships. He placed fourth-fifth at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics.[2]

Ignazio Fabra
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Personal information
Born25 April 1930
Palermo, Italy
Died13 April 2008 (aged 77)
Genoa, Italy
Height161 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Weight51 kg (112 lb)
SportGreco-Roman wrestling
ClubSocietà Sportiva Calvaruso Palermo
GS Italsider Genova

Fabra was deaf since birth and communicated by signs. He was winning the 1952 Olympic final against Boris Gurevich, but then misinterpreted a gesture of his coach, went into an attack, and got caught up in a counter-attack. After winning the 1955 world title he was a heavy favorite at the 1956 games, but lost in the final to Nikolay Solovyov due to a knee injury. Fabra retired in the late 1960s and became a wrestling coach. He led the national wrestling team at the 1969 World Games of the Deaf and prepared the 1972 Olympic medalist Giuseppe Bognanni.[3][4]

Fabra was the first person to participate both at Olympic Games and Deaflympics. He has also won gold medals in 1961[5] and 1965 Deaflympics. [6]


  1. ^ "Ignazio FABRA - Olympic Wrestling Greco-Roman | Italy". International Olympic Committee. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  2. ^ Ignazio Fabra Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ Ignazio Fabra. agorasportonline.it (1 September 2011)
  4. ^ "Athletes | Deaflympics". www.deaflympics.com. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Games | Deaflympics". www.deaflympics.com. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Deaflympics 2017 Samsun". deaflympics2017.org (in Turkish). Retrieved 28 August 2017.

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