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Ján Zachara (1928) - Biography


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Ján Zachara was born on August 27, 1928 in Kubrá near Trenčín. In 1943 he enrolled at the local boxing team. Yet during the war, his father was sent to the concentration camp in Ravensbrück, from where he returned with weakened health. After the war, Ján worked in the textile factory Merina and competed in boxing besides his job. In 1946 he got to finals of All-Slavonic Championship, where he tied with the Soviet champion. From inexplicable reasons, two years later he didn't get a chance to participate at the Olympic Games in London. However, in 1952 he started up in Summer Olympics in Helsinki in so-called featherweight (from 119 to 126 pounds), where he won a gold medal. Until 1959 he became a bearer of four Czechoslovak champion titles.

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