Ignazio Fabra

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)
Sport
SportGreco-Roman wrestling
ClubSocietà Sportiva Calvaruso Palermo
GS Italsider Genova
Medal record
Representing  Italy
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1952 Helsinki -52 kg
Silver medal – second place 1956 Melbourne -52 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1955 Karlsruhe -52 kg
Silver medal – second place 1962 Toledo -52 kg
Silver medal – second place 1963 Helsingborg -52 kg

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]

ReferencesEdit

  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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