Ildikó Schwarczenberger

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Ildikó Schwarczenberger
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Personal information
Born(1951-09-09)9 September 1951
Budapest, Hungary
Died13 July 2015(2015-07-13) (aged 63)
Budapest
Weapon(s) foil
Handleft-handed
Height1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
ClubVörös Meteor, Budapest
MTK, Budapest
Head coach(es)Bertalan Szőcs

Ildikó Tordasi (née Schwarczenberger; 9 September 1951 13 July 2015) was a Hungarian foil fencer. She competed in the 1972, 1976 and 1980 Olympics and won four medals. [1] [2]

Foil (fencing) fencing weapon

A foil is one of the three weapons used in the sport of fencing, all of which are metal. It is flexible, rectangular in cross section, and weighs under a pound. As with the épée, points are only scored by contact with the tip, which, in electrically scored tournaments, is capped with a spring-loaded button to signal a touch. A foil fencer's uniform features the lamé, a jacket, a glove, so called knickers, long socks, shoes, an 'under-arm protector', a mask. For women, young children and all who choose, a chest protector, and the foil. It is the most commonly used weapon in competition.

Fencing sport

Fencing is a group of three related combat sports. The three disciplines in modern fencing are the foil, the épée, and the sabre; winning points are made through the contact with an opponent. A fourth discipline, singlestick, appeared in the 1904 Olympics but was dropped after that, and is not a part of modern fencing. Fencing was one of the first sports to be played in the Olympics. Based on the traditional skills of swordsmanship, the modern sport arose at the end of the 19th century, with the Italian school having modified the historical European martial art of classical fencing, and the French school later refining the Italian system. There are three forms of modern fencing, each of which uses a different kind of weapon and has different rules; thus the sport itself is divided into three competitive scenes: foil, épée, and sabre. Most competitive fencers choose to specialize in one weapon only.

Schwarczenberger was named Hungarian Sportswoman of The Year after winning the world title in 1973. In 1976 she won another world title and an Olympics gold medal. She died on 13 July 2015 at the age of 63. [2] [3]

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References

  1. "Olympics Statistics: Ildikó Schwarczenberger". databaseolympics.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Ildikó Schwarczenberger profile". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 6 April 2011.
  3. Obituary, mob.hu; accessed 30 December 2017.(in Hungarian)
Awards
Preceded by
Andrea Gyarmati
Hungarian Sportswoman of The Year
1973
Succeeded by
Ilona Bruzsenyák
Preceded by
Mariann Ambrus
Hungarian Sportswoman of The Year
1976
Succeeded by
Mariann Ambrus