Peter Baczako

posted 2008-04-03 11:07:08 by mike

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Hungarian weightlifter Peter Baczako, who won a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, died Tuesday. He was 56.

Baczako died in Budapest of cancer, the Hungarian Olympic Committee said. He also had been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and spent his last few months in a wheelchair.

Considered Hungary's most successful lifter, Baczako won bronze at the 1976 Montreal Games and a total of 23 medals, including four gold, at world and European championships from 1973-82. He competed as a light heavyweight in Montreal and as a middle heavyweight in Moscow.

Baczako spent his entire career at Budapest club BKV-Elore, where he became a coach after his retirement from competition. He also was a member of the Hungarian Olympic Committee.