May 11, 1937 |
She began fencing at age 15. She was deaf. Her coaches communicated with her by writing instructions on paper, which they gave to her between training sessions. She eventually became one of the best female fencers in the world, hitting her peak in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
In 1956–57 she was the junior world foil champion. In 1958, she was Hungarian foil champion. In 1963 she was World foil champion.
She was elected Hungarian Sportswoman of The Year in 1963 and 1964.
At the 1968 Mexico City Games, she won an individual bronze and a team foil silver. At the 1972 Munich Games she won a silver medal in the team foil, and at the 1976 Montreal Games a bronze medal in the team foil.
She was still competing as late as 1999, when she won the women’s foil title at the World Veterans Championships (fencers over 60).
Hall of Fame
- List of select Jewish fencers
- List of multiple Olympic medalists in one event
- Deaf people in the Olympics
- "Ildikó Újlaky-Rejtő Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
- "Olympic medals".
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