Yakov Rylsky

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Yakov Rylsky
Personal information
Birth nameЯков Ануфриевич Рыльский
Full nameYakov Anufrievich Rylsky
Born(1928-10-25)25 October 1928
Aleksandrovka, East Kazakhstan Region, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Died9 December 1999(1999-12-09) (aged 71)
Moscow, Russia
TeamDynamo Moscow
Achievements and titles
World finals3-time gold medalist in individual sabre at the World Championships (1958, 1961, and 1963)
Medal record

Yakov Anufrievich Rylsky (Russian: Яков Ануфриевич Рыльский) (October 25, 1928, in the village of Aleksandrovka, Verkhubinsky District, East Kazakhstan Region – December 9, 1999, in Moscow)[1] was an Olympic champion and three-time world champion sabre fencer of the Soviet Union.[2][3] He competed in three Olympiads, and won two medals for the Soviet Union's fencing team.[4][5]

Fencing career[edit]

Rylsky began fencing in 1949.[6] He was a member of the USSR National Team between 1953 and 1966.[7]

Rylsky was the Soviet sabre champion from 1954–58. In 1963, he was the winner of the Dantzer Cup in Paris.[8][9] He was a Merited Master of Sport in the Soviet Union, the highest honor give to Soviet athletes.[8]

Rylsky trained at Dynamo in Moscow.[10][6]

World championships[edit]

Rylsky was a 3-time gold medalist in individual sabre at the World Fencing Championshipss (the 1958 World Fencing Championships, 1961 World Fencing Championships, and 1963 World Fencing Championships).[11][8]


Rylsky competed in the individual and team sabre events in Fencing at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.[12] In the team competition, Rylsky and his teammates lost to Poland (9–7) and Hungary (9–7) in the final pool, but won the bronze medal by beating France in the third-place match.[12][8] Rylsky was eliminated in the second round of the individual competition.[12]

Rylsky participated in individual and team events in Fencing at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.[12] They finished fifth in the team event, and Rylsky reached the finals in the individual competition and finished eighth.[12]

In Rylsky's final Olympiad appearance, in Fencing at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, he won a gold medal in the team sabre event.[12][8] He finished fourth in the individual event.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (in Russian) Article on Yakov Rylsky in Sovetsky Sport newspaper
  2. ^ Joseph M. Siegman (1992). The International Jewish Sports Hall ... ISBN 9781561710287. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Everyman's Judaica: An Encyclopedic Dictionary
  4. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Yakov Rylsky". databaseolympics.com. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  5. ^ "Yakov Rylsky Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Soviet News" Booklet[s]
  7. ^ (in Russian) Profile at the Russian Fencing Federation
  8. ^ a b c d e The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame - Joseph M. Siegman
  9. ^ Encyclopedia of Jews in Sports - Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, Roy Silver
  10. ^ Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 576.
  11. ^ Sports 123: Fencing: World Championships: Men: Sabre
  12. ^ a b c d e f g Yakov Rylsky Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com