Mark Midler

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Mark Midler
Personal information
Born (1931-09-24)24 September 1931
Moscow, Soviet Union
Died 31 May 2012(2012-05-31) (aged 80)[1]
Sport Fencing

Mark Petrovich Midler (Russian: Марк Петрович Мидлер; 24 September 1931 – 31 May 2012) was a Soviet Russian foil fencer. He competed at four Olympic Games[3] and won two gold medals.

Fencing career[edit]

Midler was a member of the USSR National Fencing Team between 1951 and 1967.[4] He trained at Burevestnik in Moscow.[5]

World Championships[edit]

Midler won four consecutive World Championships in Foil, in 1959 to 1962. He also won a silver medal in 1957 and bronze medals in 1959 and 1961.[6] Along with his Soviet teammates, he won the World Team Championshipsin Foil five times: in 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, and 1966. They also won a silver medal in 1967.


Midler was captain of the Foil team for the 1960 Olympic Games and the 1964 Olympic Games. They won the gold medal in Team Foil at both Olympics.

Coaching career[edit]

Midler coached fencing for the Olympic teams of the Soviet Union and Russia.


Midler, who was Jewish, was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.[7] In 1960 he was awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NOS Sport – Schermlegende Midler overleden". Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  2. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Mark Midler". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Mark Midler Olympic Results". Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  4. ^ Profile at the Russian Fencing Federation[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games. (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 564. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  7. ^ Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Hall of Fame – Joseph Siegman – Google Boeken. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 

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