Famous St.Petersburg fencers

VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH VYSHPOLSKY
USSR, 1915 — 1988.
Competed for TSDKA (Moscow) from 1934 to 1947, and for SKA (Leningrad) from 1948 to 1953.
Master of Sports.
Distinguished Coach of the USSR.
Member of the USSR team from 1936 to 1953.
USSR Champion in foil (1940, 1944 — 1946, 1948 and 1949), saber (1939, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1952, 1953) and epee (1938, 1946, 1947, 1950), all-around champion in 1940, 1944 — 1946.


KONSTANTIN TROFIMOVICH BULOCHKO
USSR, 1908 — 1991.
Performed under the flag of SKA (Leningrad).
Distinguished Master of Sports.
USSR Champion (1938) in individual foil and saber events, foil and elastic bayonet champion (1939).
Authored textbooks for Institutes of Physical Education, and methodological brochures, “Close Combat and Fencing,” “Teaching Close Combat,” and others.

Mr. Bulochko served as Chairman of the Department of Fencing in Lesgaft Institute of Physical Education in Leningrad.


VIKTOR FRANZEVICH ZHDANOVICH

Viktor Frantsevich Zhdanovich was born on January 27, 1928, professional fencing athlete, Honored Master of Sports (1960), Olympic Champion (1960, 1964), World Champion (1959-1963), and Champion of the 2nd USSR Spartacus Cup (1959). Graduated from the Institute of Physical Education. Awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor. Viktor Zhdanovich became a fencer in Zhdanov Youth Palace in St. Petersburg in 1953. His first success dates 1958, when the 20-year-old foil athlete won a bronze medal at the USSR Championship, overtaking many renowned USSR fencers. After this victory he was made a member of the USSR national team. After winning the USSR Spartacus Cup and the World Championship, Viktor was included in the Olympic foil team.
Foil fencing has been traditionally especially popular in this sport. Before the tournament in Rome all Olympic titles almost always went to Italy and France. A Cuban foil fighter won just one title in 1904.

The preliminary men’s tournament included 79 contenders in 12 groups. V. Zhdanovich (Leningrad), M. Midler (Moscow), and Y. Sisikin (Saratov) easily won their first fights, followed by second and third rounds and then semi-finals. The three Russian athletes made it to the final round and faced five other contenders, two from France, and one each from the US, Poland and Great Britain.
Zhdanovich was excellent in his fights, winning seven rounds one after another. The success of the Leningrad athlete is obvious: his closest competitor had three fewer victories. The Soviet musketeer team won the team event as well.


EDUARD TEODOROVICH VINUKUROV
USSR
Was born on October 30, 1942 in Bayzhansay, Chikment Region, Kazakh SSR.
Graduated from the Higher Coaching School of the Leningrad Institute of Physical Education (1966), career officer and coach.

Performed under the flag of SKA (Leningrad).

Honored Master of Sports (1968).

Member of the Russian national team since 1966.
Olympic Champion of 1968 and 1976, silver medal winner in 1972 Olympics in team saber event.
World Champion 1967, 1969 — 1971, 1974, 1975 silver medal winner at World Championships of 1966 `e 1973 in team events.
Winner of the European Cup from 1967 to 1971 in team events.
USSR Champion (1966) in individual and team events.
USSR Cup Winner of 1965, 1967, and 1972.
Judge of the International Category (1967).


BORIS BORISOVICH MELNIKOV

Was born on May 16, 1938 in Leningrad, graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Physical Education (1961), instructor.
Performed under the flag of Burevestnik, from 1963 for the Leningrad Armed Forces Club.

Honored Master of Sports (1964).

Member of the USSR national squad from 1964 to 1968.

Olympic Champion of 1964 in saber team events.

World Champion 1965, 1967 in team events. Silver medal winner of the 1966 World Championship in team events.

European Cup Winner, 1967, 1968, 1969 with Central Army Club Team.

USSR Champion in 1964 and 1965 in individual events.

Instructor at Kirov Military Medical Academy in Leningrad.


YURI SERGEEVICH MOLCHAN

Was born on April 8, 1983 in Moldova.
Student at Lesgaft St. Petersburg State Academy of Physical Education.
Master of Sports in Fencing and Foil.

Height 185 cm. Weight 76 kg
First Coach — G. B. Shustikov
European Champion (2004) in team events.
Bronze medal winner of the Junior World Championship (2003) in individual events.

Bronze medal winner of the 28th Olympic Games in Athens (2004) in team events.
Russian Cup winner in individual (2004) and team (2005) events. World Cup silver medalist (2004) in individual and team events
Bronze medal winner of the World Student Games (2005) in individual and team events
Coached by G. B. Shustikov and A. K. Ibragimov
Has been on the Russian national team since 2003.
Performs under the flag of SKA, St. Petersburg


ELENA ALEXANDROVNA NECHAEVA

Was born on June 14, 1979 in Leningrad.
Graduate of Lesgaft State Academy of Physical Education in St. Petersburg.
Honored Master of Sports (fencing, saber).
Lives in Lobnya, Moscow Region
Height 166 cm. Weight 59 kg.
First Coach — V. V. Dyachenko

World Champion (2001, 2002, 2004), European Champion (2000-2004, 2006).
Winner of the World Student Games (2005) in team events.
Coached by I. G. Pylnov
Has been on the Russian national team since 1999.
Competes under the flag of SKA St. Petersburg.


ALEXEY VLADIMIROVICH DYACHENKO
Was born on November 22, 1976 in Leningrad.

Resides in Moscow.
Graduate of Russian State University of Physical Education
Honored Master of Sports (fencing, saber).
Height 180 cm. Weight 78 kg.

First Coach — V. Dyachenko.
European Champion (2001-2005) in team events.
World Champion (2001, 2003, 2005) in team events.
Bronze medal winner of the 28th Olympic Games in Athens (2004) in team events.
Winner of the World Student Games (2005) in team events.
Coached by V. Puchkov and Distinguished National Coach A. V. Filatov.
Has been on the Russian national team since 1999.
Competes under the flag of MGFSO