Ion Cernea (born 21 October 1933) is a retired bantamweight Greco-Roman wrestler from Romania. Between 1960 and 1965 he earned two Olympic and two world championship medals, winning the world title in 1965.[2][3] He retired the same year to become a wrestling coach and international referee, and was present in this capacity at all major international wrestling competitions between 1972 and 1988.[1]

Ion Cernea
Ion Cernea 1960b.jpg
Cernea at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Born21 October 1933 (1933-10-21) (age 88)
Râu Alb, Argeș County, Romania
Height161 cm (5 ft 3 in)
SportGreco-Roman wrestling
ClubDinamo Bucuresti[1]
Medal record
Representing  Romania
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1960 Rome -57 kg
Bronze medal – third place 1964 Tokyo -57 kg
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1961 Yokohama -57 kg
Gold medal – first place 1965 Manchester -57 kg

Cernea is married to the singer Irina Loghin; they have a son and a daughter.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b Ion Cernea. Romanian Olympic Committee
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Ion Cernea". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 12 November 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  3. ^ Cernea, Ion (ROU).
  4. ^ (in Romanian) Curriculum vitae at the Chamber of Deputies site
  5. ^ (in Romanian) "Iubirile Irinei Loghin", Gândul, 27 January 2015
  6. ^ (in Romanian) Adriana Stanca (18 February 2013) "Irina Loghin, la 74 de ani", Gândul