Bohdan Nikishyn

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Bohdan Nikishyn
Bohdan Nikishyn Masters epee 2013 t172542.jpg
Masters à l'épée 2013
Personal information
Full name Bohdan Serhiyovych Nikishyn
Born (1980-05-29) 29 May 1980 (age 34)
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
Weapon(s) Épée
Hand right-handed
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb; 13.4 st)
National coach(es) Volodymyr Stankevych
Head coach(es) Olga Markina, Serhiy Komarov
FIE Ranking current ranking

Bohdan Nikishyn (Ukrainian: Богдан Сергійович Нікішин; born 29 May 1980) is a Ukrainian épée fencer, team silver medallist in the 2013 World Fencing Championships.

Career[edit]

Nikishyn took up fencing at the age of ten after he happened by chance on a fencing training.[1] He won a team silver medal at the 1998 Junior World Championships in Keszthely and joined the senior national team for the 2001 World Championships in Nîmes. He took part in the 2004 Summer Olympics, but was eliminated in the preliminary round by Romania's Alexandru Nyisztor. In the team event Ukraine was defeated in the first round by Hungary and finished 5th after the placement rounds.[2]

Nikishyn was omitted from the national team in the 2004–05 season, but was reinstated the next season. He climbed his first World Cup podium with a bronze medal in the Doha Grand Prix. At the 2006 World Championships in Turin he was eliminated in the qualifications phase of the individual event. In the team event Nikishyn, Dmytro Karyuchenko, Maksym Khvorost and Dmytro Chumak were defeated in the semi-finals, then overcame Hungary to earn Ukraine's first world medal in team épée.[3]

At his second Olympics, Beijing 2008, Nikishyn was stopped in the second round by Switzerlan's Michael Kauter.[2] In the team event Ukraine was defeated in the first round by Poland and finished 7th.

At the 2013 World Championships in Budapest Nikishyn fell in the first round against Spain's José Luis Abajo. In the team event Ukraine edged past Russia in the table of 16.[4] then defeated the Czech Republic and France to meet Hungary in the final. They were overcome 42–38 and took a silver medal, the best result in Ukrainian history for men's épée.[4]

In the 2012–13 season Nikishyn won the Heidenheim Grand Prix and earned a silver medal in the Berne Grand Prix, which allowed him to enter the Top 10 for the first time in his career. In the next season he reached the final in the Doha Grand Prix, where he was defeated by Korea's Park Sang-young, then won the Heidenheim Grand Prix and the Buenos Aires Grand Prix. He made his way to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Championships in Kazan, where he ceded to Korea's Park Kyoung-doo. He finished the season No.2 in world rankings.

Nikishyn was educated at the Prydniprovska State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture in Dnipropetrovsk. He is married and has two children: Anastasia and Maksym.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Igor Chemeris (3 July 2010). "Богдан НИКИШИН: "В победу над французами не очень верили"". sport.ua (in Russian). 
  2. ^ a b "Bohdan Nikishin Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  3. ^ Jean-Marie Safra (November 2006). "Épée sets its seights on the Olympics" (pdf). Escrime XXI (57): 24. 
  4. ^ a b Anna Savchik (14 August 2013). "Серебро до хрипоты. Фехтование. Чемпионат мира". Sport Express (in Russian). 

External links[edit]

  • Profile at the European Fencing Confederation