List of fencers

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Fencers & coaches of the Olympic era[edit]

  • Albert Bogen (Albert Bógathy), Austrian sabreur, Olympic silver
  • Otto Herschmann, Austrian sabreur; one of only a few athletes to have won Olympic medals in different sports; won silver medal in sabre team competition in 1912
  • Ellen Preis, Austrian fencer (foil), Olympic champion
  • Alexandr Romankov – foilist, regarded by some as the greatest foilist of the 20th century
  • Viktor Sidjak – Olympic (1972) and World (1969) Champion, winner of the 1972 & 1973 World Cup, also member of winning team at 1968, 1976, and 1980 Olympics and at 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, and 1979 World Team Championships; pupil of David Tyshler
  • Henri Anspach, Belgian fencer (épée and foil), Olympic champion
  • Paul Anspach, Belgian fencer (épée and foil), 2-time Olympic champion
  • Ju-Jie Luan – Chinese fencer & coach, gold medallist for Women's Foil at 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Wang Lei – Olympic Men's Individual Épée Silver Medal 2004
  • Zhong Man – 2008 Olympic Men's Individual Sabre Champion
  • Svetlana Chirkova-Lozovaja – The most successful Estonian fencer of the Soviet era. Olympic gold medal for Women's Foil team event at 1968 Summer Olympics, World champion in Women's Foil team event at 1971, silver 1969, individual World Championships bronze medal 1969.
  • Kaido Kaaberma – Estonian épéeist, bronze (1990) & gold (1991) at World Championships team event (as a part of Soviet Union team). Individual World Championships bronze (1999). Team World Championships silver (2001).
  • Irina Embrich – Estonian épéeist, silver (2002) at World Championships women's team event, bronze (2003) at European Championships women's team event, silver (2006) at World Championships women's individual event, bronze (2007) at World Championships and European Championships women's individual event. European Champion in Team Women's Épée (2013).
  • Sven Järve – Estonian épéeist, bronze in Individual Mens Épée (2006).
  • Nikolai Novosjolov – Estonian épéeist, Two time World Champion in Individual Mens Épée (2010, 2013). Team World Championships silver (2001). European Championships silver (2012).
  • Julia Beljajeva – Estonian épéeist, World Champion in Individual Women's Épée (2013). European Champion in Team Women's Épée (2013).
  • Yves Dreyfus – French fencer (épée), national champion
  • Lucien Gaudin – twice World Champion (1905 & 1918), won four Gold and three Silver Olympic medals covering all three weapons
  • Laura Flessel-Colovic – French épéeist who, with two gold, a silver and two bronze medals, is current most successful female French sportswoman at the Winter or Summer Olympics.
  • Christian d'Oriola – French Olympic and World Champion, named "Fencer of the 20th Century" by the FIE, International Fencing Federation, in 2001. Between 1947 & 1956 won 4 World Championships & 6 Olympic Medals, including two individual Gold (foil), one individual silver (foil), two team Gold (foil), and one team Silver (foil). In addition to four-time Individual World Champion, four-time team World Champion.
  • Jean Stern, French fencer (épée), Olympic champion
  • Marc Cerboni, French fencer (foil), won one bronze medal at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.
  • Helene Mayer – German-Jewish foilist, won Gold at 1928 Summer Olympics & the 1929 World Championship, left for US in 1931, returned to represent Germany in 1936 Summer Olympics and won Silver, went back to US and was granted US citizenship, returned to Germany in 1952 and died of cancer in 1953, won US Championships 8 times
  • Britta Heidemann – Epeeist, 2008 Women's Individual Épée Gold Medallist, 2012 Women's Individual Épée Silver Medallist, 2013 Budapest World Championships Bronze Medal
Great Britain
  • Bob Anderson – represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 1952 and the World Championships in 1950 and 1953 in the sabre event. He finished tied for fifth in the team sabre event at Helsinki in 1952, then went on to a career as sword master and fight director for movies, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the original Star Wars trilogy, and Princess Bride. He was coach of Britain's national fencing team for over 20 years, then was technical director of the Canadian Fencing Association.
  • Richard Cohen – 5-time British sabre Champion, best known today as the author of "By the Sword", highly acclaimed book on the history of fencing
  • Bill Hoskyns – 1958 World Épée Champion, Olympic Team Silver Medallist in 1960 and Individual Silver Medallist in 1964. Fenced in the Olympics a record six times (1956–1976), twice at all three weapons. 8 times British Champion, won 4 Commonwealth Gold medals and 1 silver at different weapons on separate occasions. The last British fencer to win an Olympic medal.
  • Allan Jay – Épée & foil fencer; 4-time national champion
  • Ralph Johnson – Epeeist, 6-time British Épée Champion, 4-time Olympian, Commonwealth Games Épée Team Champion 1970, 7th in 1977 World Fencing Championships, 3-time World Veteran Épée Champion (2004, 2005, 2008), 2-time Commonwealth Veteran Épée Champion (2005, 2009), European Veteran Épée Champion (2003), 24-time Kent Épée Champion. Also British Under-Twenty Foil Champion 1967 and British Junior Foil Champion 1971
  • Alex O'Connell – Sabreur, Cadet Champion in 2005, ranked as Junior World number 1 for a while in 2007, only Brit to qualify for 2008 Beijing Olympics via zonal qualification in Europe
  • Barry Paul – Foilist, 5-time British national Champion, 3-time Olympian and Managing Director of the only manufacturer of fencing equipment in the UK
  • Edgar Seligman – won British championship twice in each weapon,Olympic 2x silver (épée)

Hong Kong

  • Kong Man Wai, Vivian – Unbeaten in Hong Kong 2010–13, winner of multiple Asia Cadet and Junior Fencing Championships.
  • Ilona Elek, Hungarian fencer (foil), two-time Olympic champion
  • Jenö Fuchs, Hungarian fencer (sabre), Olympic champion
  • Oskar Gerde, Hungarian fencer (sabre), Olympic champion
  • Aladár Gerevich – Hungarian sabreur; only athlete to win the same Olympic event six times.
  • Pál Gerevich – Hungarian sabreur; son of Aladár Gerevich; 1-time Individual Sabre World champion (1977), 4-time Team Sabre World champion (1973, 1978, 1981, 1982); "Hungarian Sportsman of the Year" (1977)
  • Pál Kovács, Hungarian fencer (sabre), six-time Olympic champion
  • Endre Kabos, Hungarian fencer (sabre), Olympic champion
  • György Piller. Hungarian fencer, Olympic champion and coach, fencing master
  • Istvan Szelei, Hungarian fencer (Foil), 1980 & 1988 Olympic Squads.
  • László Szabó – Hungarian master; defined a system for developing coaches and wrote "Fencing and the Master"; the only direct student of the legendary Italo Santelli to write of what he learned. Teacher of Olympic & World champions.
  • Zsolt Vadaszffy – Hungarian Foil Champion and British Professional Épée Champion. Senior Coach to British Under-20 team for 8 years.
  • Bence Szabó, Hungarian fencer (sabre), two-time Olympic champion
  • Tímea Nagy, Hungarian fencer (épée), two-time Olympic champion
  • Lydia Hatuel-Czuckermann, Israeli fencer (foil), 16-time Israeli national champion – Guinness Record, took part at three Olympic Games – Los Angeles 1984, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996.
  • Edoardo Mangiarotti – has won the most Olympic titles and World championships than any other fencer in the history of the sport; a member of the Mangiarotti fencing clan.
  • Aldo Nadi – won gold & silver medals at 1920 Olympics; during the Mussolini years emigrated to US, where he penned the influential "On Fencing" and his autobiographical notes entitled "The Living Sword"; son of Beppe Nadi and brother of Nedo Nadi.
  • Italo Santelli – fencing master who revolutionized sabre fencing and developed the modern Hungarian style in the 1920s.
  • Mauro Numa – Individual and Team Foil Olympic Champion 1984 Summer Olympics, Individual and Team Foil World Champion 1985, Team Foil World Champion 1986.
  • Valentina Vezzali – won 6 Olympic Gold medals and 15 World Championships Gold medals in foil. She is one of only four athletes in the history of the Summer Olympic Games to have won five medals in the same individual event.
Korea (Republic of Korea)
  • Kim JiYeon (Sabre) – Individual Sabre Olympic Champion (2012 London Olympics)
  • Gu Bon Gil (Sabre) – Team Sabre Olympic Champion (2012 London Olympics)
  • Nam Hyun Hee (Foil) – Individual Foil Silver (2008 Beijing Olympics), Team Foil Bronze (2012 London Olympics)
  • Jeon Hee Suk (Foil) – Team Foil Bronze (2012 London Olympics)
  • Choi Byung Chul (Foil) – Individual Foil Bronze (2012 London Olympics)
  • Shin A Lam (Épée) – Team Foil Silver (2012 London Olympics)
  • Jung Jin Sun (Épée) – Individual Épée Bronze (2012 London Olympics)
  • Ana Maria Brânză – world champion in 2010 with the team, multiple European champion with the team in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
  • Mihai Covaliu – Olympic champion, coach of the Romanian fencing team.
  • Rareș Dumitrescu – sabreur, won the Silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics in the team contest, world champion with the team in 2009, European champion with the team in 2006.
  • Tiberiu Dolniceanu – sabreur, won the Silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics in the team contest, world champion with the team in 2009, European champion with the team in 2006.
  • Simona Gherman – world champion in 2010 with the team, multiple European champion with the team in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
  • Anca Măroiu – world champion in 2010 with the team, multiple European champion with the team in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
  • Florin Zalomir – sabreur, won the Silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics in the team contest, world champion with the team in 2009, European champion with the team in 2006.
Russia/Soviet Union
  • Pavel Kolobkov – épéeist, Olympic Champion 2000, 5-time World Champion (1991, 1993, 1994, 2002, 2005), twice Junior World Champion (1987, 1988), winner of 1999 World Cup
  • Viktor Krovopouskov – sabreur, 4-time Olympic Gold medallist (1976 & 1980 individual, and team), twice individual World Champion (1978, 1982), twice winner of World Cup (1976, 1979)
  • Maria Mazina, Jewish Russian fencer (épée), Olympic champion
  • Mark Midler – foilist, Jewish Russian member of first generation of internationally successful Soviet fencers, took Gold at 1956 & 1960 Olympics as a part of Soviet team, won four consecutive World Championships (1959–62).
  • Vladimir Nazlymov – sabreur/coach, won individual World Championship in 1975 & 1979 and the World Cup in 1975 & 1977, took team Gold at 1968, 1976, and 1980 Olympics, and at 1967, 1969–71, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979 World Championships, twice named world's best sabre fencer by the FIE, currently head fencing coach of The Ohio State University fencing team.
  • Boris Onishchenko – modern pentathlete, individual silver medallist and team gold medallist in 1972, disqualified in 1976 for using a rigged weapon
  • Stanislav Pozdnyakov – sabreur, Olympic (1996) & World (1997, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007) Champion, 7-time winner of the World Cup (1994–96, 1999–2002), member of winning Russian sabre team at 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics, and at 1994, 2001, 2002, and 2003 World Championships
  • Yakov Rylsky – Jewish Russian sabreur, twice Olympic (1964, 1968) and 3-time World (1958, 1961, 1963) Champion, represented USSR over a period of 14 years (1953–66)
  • Sergey Sharikov – Jewish Russian sabreur, twice Olympic Champion (1996, 2000)
  • Viktor Sidjak – Soviet sabreur, 4-time Olympic Gold medallist
  • Vladimir Smirnov – foilist, won individual Gold at 1980 Summer Olympics, won world championships in 1981, died at 1982 World Championships in Rome, when a broken blade went through his mask causing a fatal brain injury (through the left eye orbit—not the eye itself); his death prompted an extensive review of safety standards in fencing. Tragic though his death was, it ultimately resulted in making the sport statistically safer than golf.
  • David Tyshler – Jewish Russian sabreur, member of the first generation of internationally successful Soviet fencers, won medals at 1956 Olympics and 5 World Championships, best known for his achievements as a coach, one of the founding fathers of the Soviet school of fencing, pupils include Mark Rakita, Viktor Sidjak, and Victor Krovopouskov
  • Eduard Vinokurov – Jewish Russian sabreur, twice Olympic Champion (1968, 1976)
  • Iosif Vitebskiy – Jewish Russian épée fencer, 19-time national championship medallist.
  • Sergei Golubitsky – World foil Champion 1997, 1998, 1999; Winner of 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1999 World Cup, Olympic silver medallist 1992.
United States of America
  • Maitre Michel Alaux (1924–74), French-American fencing master & author; 3-time US Olympic coach.
  • Abraham Balk, only man to win both foil & epeé NCAA championships (1947)
  • Caitlin Bilodeaux, USFA Women's Foil Champ [1986, '87, '89, '92], she is tied for third on the women's Championship list. Pan American Individual and Team champion, 1987, 2-time NCAA women's foil champion, [1985, '87] and 4-time NCAA All-America. 2-time U-20 National Champion.[2]
  • Daniel Bukantz, Jewish American Olympian, U.S. Foil Fencer, Member of Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
  • Jed Dupree, 2001 NCAA Men's Foil Champion, 2002 US National Champion, 2003 Pan American Gold Medal, 2004 Olympian in Athens
  • Csaba Elthes, legendary coach to 6 U.S. Olympic teams, immigrated from Hungary
  • Race Imboden, 2011 & 2014 US National Men's Foil Champion, 2011 & 2012 Pan Am Champion, Men's Foil World Cup Gold Medalist (Havana 2013), 2012 Olympian in London
  • Ed Korfanty, U.S. National women's sabre team coach. Formerly Polish national coach.
  • Michael Marx 5-time Olympian, Épée & Foil Coach, National Champion
  • Lisa Piazza, member, 1985 U.S. World Championship team; first alternate, U.S. team, 1988 Olympics.[3]
  • Julia Jones Pugliese first U.S. women's intercollegiate fencing champion (1929), founded the Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association (with Dorothy Hafner and Elizabeth Ross (fencer)), first woman coach of an international US fencing team, coached NYU women's team 1932–38, and Hunter team from 1956–92
  • Janice Romary, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968 Olympian U.S. Foil Fencer.
  • Giorgio Santelli, legendary coach to 5 U.S. Olympic teams (1928–52), Olympic Gold medallist (1920 Men's Sabre Team), son of Italo Santelli (known as the "father of modern sabre fencing" and an Olympic silver medal winner), fought duel after his father was insulted by Italian team Captain.
  • Keeth Smart, first American to be ranked # 1 in the world, member of the silver medal winning U.S. men's sabre team at the 2008 Summer Olympics, member of 2004 gold medal US Men's Sabre team at World Cup
  • Soren Thompson, US (épée), NCAA champion and part of world champion épée team
  • Rebecca Ward, bronze medallist in the 2008 Summer Olympics in women's sabre, 2005 FIE Jr. World Champion at age 15. Member of the bronze medal winning U.S. women's sabre team at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Part of U.S. Sr. Women's Sabre team that took 2005 World Championship title. 2006 Cadet World Champion, 2006 Jr. World Champion, 2006 Jr. World Champion Team member, 2nd fencer in history to win 3 world titles in one season.
  • Peter Westbrook, bronze medalist in the 1984 Summer Olympics, 13-time US National Men's Sabre Champion, author of Harnessing Anger, founder of the Peter Westbrook Foundation, teaching and helping youth through sport.
  • George Worth, US (saber), Olympic bronze, US champion, 3x Pan American champion


  • Ruben Limardo Gascon – Men's Individual Épée Olympic Champion 2012, 2013 Budapest World Championship Silver Medallist.

Fencing masters of the pre-Olympic era[edit]

Famous duelists and fencing enthusiasts[edit]


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