7 November 1953 |
Korsakov, Soviet Union
Alexandr Romankov (Russian: Александр Анатольевич Романьков) is a former fencer from the former Soviet Union, who was born on 7 November 1953 in the town of Korsakov on the island of Sakhalin (just north of Japan). One of the most successful Soviet fencers, he is also regarded by some as the greatest foilist of the 20th century. He trained at Dynamo in Minsk and won a gold medal, two silver medals and two bronze medals at the three Olympic Games that he competed in between 1976 and 1988.
He won five individual medals at the world championships, but curiously, has never won an individual Olympic medal.
- A ten-time World Champion (1977, 1983 - individual; 1981, 1989 - team; 1974, 1979, 1982 - individual and team).
- A seventeen-time Champion of the USSR.
- Awarded the title of Chevallier Feyerick by the FIE.
- Has coached the National teams of Australia, Belarus, and Korea.
- Featured in the 2004 Guinness Book of World Records.
- Coached for a few years at FAW, the Fencing Academy of Westchester, in Westchester New York.
- Known sometimes as the "Tsar of Fencing".