The Most Famous

FENCERS from Russia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Russian Fencers. The pantheon dataset contains 174 Fencers, 21 of which were born in Russia. This makes Russia the birth place of the 3rd most number of Fencers behind France and Italy.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Russian Fencers of all time. This list of famous Russian Fencers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Russian Fencers.

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1. Elena Belova (1947 - )

With an HPI of 59.39, Elena Belova is the most famous Russian Fencer.  Her biography has been translated into 24 different languages on wikipedia.

Elena Dmitriyevna Novikova-Belova (Russian: Елена Дмитриевна Новикова-Белова, née Novikova on 28 July 1947) is a retired Russian foil fencer. She competed at the 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980 Olympics in the individual and team events and won four gold, one silver and one bronze medal, becoming the first female fencer to win four Olympic gold medals. She nearly won a fifth gold in 1976, but lost her last pool match to the last-placed fencer. Belova also won eight world titles, individually in 1969, and with the Soviet team in 1970–1979.Shortly before the 1968 Olympics she married to Vyacheslav Belov, a future world champion in modern pentathlon, and changed her last name from Novikova to Belova. She retired after the 1980 Olympics, and gave birth in 1987, aged 40. Her second husband, composer Valery Ivanov, devoted a waltz to her.In 1970 Belova graduated from the Minsk institute of Pedagogy, she holds a PhD in this discipline. In 1997 she was awarded the Olympic Order in Silver, and in 2007 the Pierre de Coubertin Medal. On 14 May 2021, Jovian asteroid 24426 Belova, discovered by astronomers with the LINEAR program in 2000, was named in her honor.

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2. Viktor Zhdanovich (1938 - )

With an HPI of 58.24, Viktor Zhdanovich is the 2nd most famous Russian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Viktor Franzovich Zhdanovich (Russian: Виктор Францевич Жданович) (born on January 27, 1938, Leningrad) is a Soviet fencer. He was World Champion four times (1959, 1960, 1961, and 1963), and twice Olympic Champion (1960) in the foil individual events and in 1964 in the foil team gold medal.

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3. Alexandra Zabelina (1937 - )

With an HPI of 56.89, Alexandra Zabelina is the 3rd most famous Russian Fencer.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Alexandra Ivanovna Zabelina (Russian: Александра Ивановна Забелина, born 11 March 1937) is a retired Soviet fencer. She won gold medals in the team foil at the 1960, 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics.Between 1956 and 1971 Zabelina won eight team and two individual world titles in the foil. She won the individual Silver Prize at the 1961 and 1966 world championships and team Silver Prize in 1959, 1962, 1967 and 1969. She missed the 1964 Summer Olympics because she was expecting her son.Zabelina first trained in gymnastics, but had to quit due to an injury. In retirement she worked as a fencing coach. Her students included the Olympic champion Maria Mazina.

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4. Viktor Sidyak (1943 - )

With an HPI of 56.21, Viktor Sidyak is the 4th most famous Russian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Viktor Alexandrovich Sidyak (Russian: Ви́ктор Алекса́ндрович Сидя́к; born 24 November 1943) is a retired left-handed sabre fencer from Russia, a pupil of Mark Rakita and David Tyshler. He was known for his aggressive style and the "one-and-a-half tempo attack".

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5. Alexandr Romankov (1953 - )

With an HPI of 55.78, Alexandr Romankov is the 5th most famous Russian Fencer.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Alexandr Anatolyevich Romankov (Belarusian: Аляксандр Анатольевіч Раманькоў, tr. Aljaksandr Anatol'evič Raman'koŭ; Russian: Александр Анатольевич Романьков, tr. Aleksandr Anatol’evich Roman’kov) is a former Belarusian 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.

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6. Viktor Krovopuskov (1948 - )

With an HPI of 52.96, Viktor Krovopuskov is the 6th most famous Russian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Viktor Alekseyevich Krovopuskov (Russian: Ви́ктор Алексе́евич Кровопу́сков) (born September 29, 1948 in Moscow) is a retired sabre fencer, who competed for the USSR. Krovopuskov began fencing at age 13 at the Children and Youth Sport School in Moscow, his first trainer being Igor Chernyshev. In 1967 he joined the Armed Forces sports society in Moscow. He was a member of the USSR National Team between 1973 and 1986. At the 1976 Olympics he won gold medals in both the individual and team sabre events. He repeated his performance at the 1980 Summer Olympics, where he again won gold medals in both events.Krovopuskov was world champion in individual sabre twice (1978 and 1982), and team sabre five times (1974, 1975, 1979, 1983, and 1985). He also won the World Cup in sabre twice (1976 and 1979). In 1979 he was named the Best Sabre Fencer of the World by the International Fencing Federation.He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1976 and the Order of Lenin in 1980.

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7. Vladimir Nazlymov (1945 - )

With an HPI of 52.77, Vladimir Nazlymov is the 7th most famous Russian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Vladimir Nazlymov (born November 1, 1945) (Russian: Владимир Аливерович Назлымов) (Daghestan, USSR) - Sabre fencer and coach for USSR and later United States. Born in Makhachkala, Daghestan. A 1970 graduate of The Daghestan State Pedagogical Institute, Nazlymov earned a bachelor's and master's degree in physical education. He earned the title of Master of the Sport (Fencing) in 1968.

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8. Olga Knyazeva (1954 - 2015)

With an HPI of 52.71, Olga Knyazeva is the 8th most famous Russian Fencer.  Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Olga Nikolaevna Knyazeva (Russian: Ольга Николаевна Князева; 9 August 1954 – 3 January 2015) was a Soviet foil fencer. She won a team gold medal at the 1976 Olympics and placed ninth individually. She also won four gold and two silver medals at the world championships between 1973 and 1978. Knyazeva took up fencing in 1966 and between 1972 and 1978, was a member of the Soviet national team. In 1975 she won the World Cup, the European Team Cup, and the team world title, and was named best female fencer of the year by the Fédération Internationale d'Escrime. After retiring from competitions she worked as a fencing coach in Kazan and taught physical education at the Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute.After the 1976 Olympics Knyazeva married Rafael Dubov, who was her childhood friend, a fellow fencer, and later a fencing coach and referee. Their children, son Aleksandr and daughter Nina, also competed in fencing.

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9. Pavel Kolobkov (1969 - )

With an HPI of 50.36, Pavel Kolobkov is the 9th most famous Russian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Pavel Anatolyevich Kolobkov (Russian: Павел Анатольевич Колобков, born 22 September 1969) is a retired Russian (and formerly Soviet) épée fencer. He won one gold, two silver and three bronze medals at five Olympic Games from 1988 to 2004. He served as the Minister of Sport in the Russian government from 2016 to 2020. He also previously served as the Deputy Minister of Sport as well as Deputy Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy.

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10. Stanislav Pozdnyakov (1973 - )

With an HPI of 47.04, Stanislav Pozdnyakov is the 10th most famous Russian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Stanislav Alekseyevich Pozdnyakov (Russian: Станислав Алексеевич Поздняков, IPA: [stənʲɪˈslaf pəzʲnʲɪˈkof]; born 27 September 1973) is a Russian fencer, a five-time Olympian (1992–2008) and five-time Olympic medalist in the sabre competitions. He is also a ten-time world champion, winning in 1994–2007. He currently serves as the president of the Russian Olympic Committee. His daughter Sofia Pozdniakova is also a fencer and gold medalist of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Women's Individual Sabre event.

Pantheon has 21 people classified as fencers born between 1937 and 1991. Of these 21, 19 (90.48%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living fencers include Elena Belova, Viktor Zhdanovich, and Alexandra Zabelina. The most famous deceased fencers include Olga Knyazeva and Sergey Sharikov. As of October 2020, 4 new fencers have been added to Pantheon including Svetlana Boyko, Sergey Sharikov, and Yekaterina Dyachenko.

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