Laureates - 2007
Vitaly Arkadiev is considered to be one of the founders of the Soviet fencing school; he was an Honored Master of Sports of USSR and also an Honored coach of USSR. He started his way as a fencer in 1918 together with his brother, Boris who later became a well-known football coach. In the beginning they were trained by Alexander Mordovin. Arkadiev won Moscow’s and Cational Championships for many times. Since 1921 he worked as a coach and also taught fencing in the State Physical Culture Institute.
From 1959 to 1966 men’s national team of USSR lead by Arkadiev won World Championships 8 times, besides that he was a coach of USSR team during the training period before 5 Olympics (1952 – Helsinki, 1956 – Melbourne, 1960 – Rome, 1964 – Tokyo, 1968 – Mexico).
Among the Arkadiev’s learners are World and Olympic Champions – Arkadieva, Efimova, Kuznetsov, Loukjanchenko, Lubetskaya, Mavlikhanov, Midler, Poutyanin, Tyshler, Yagodina.
Ivan Manaenko is called on of the founders of the Soviet fencing school. He was a Master of Sports of International Class, Honored coach of USSR. After all he was very versatile athlete – he played hockey, football, fenced different types of arms, participated in the Olympic Games in Helsinki (1952) where he reached the semi-final in individual competitions.
Manaenko was a member of USSR national team between 1947 and 1952. He is a USSR Champion of 1950 and 1951 in foil fencing, 1947 – in saber fencing. Since 1949 to 1980 Ivan trained Moscow team “Dinamo”, he also trained USSR women’s national foil team to take part in the Olympic Games of 1960, 1964, 1968 and 1972. Lead by Manaenko this team became Olympic Champions for three times and seven times won World Champions.
“If you want to teach somebody fencing you need to fence”, - said the prominent coach. Nobody else brought up so many qualified but very different athletes. Among his learners are World and Olympic Champions – Gorokhova, Zabelina, Rastvorova, Rudov, Rylsky and others.
Valentina Rastvorova was a learner of a well-known coach Ivan Manaenko, she was a member of “Dinamo” team and USSR national team since 1955 to 1967. For all her achievements she was given a title of Honored Master of Sports in foil fencing.
Rastvorova has many ranks, titles and awards – she is Olympic Champion of 1960 both in individual and team competitions, and she also won silver medal during the Olympic Games in 1964.
Among athlete’s wins are titles of the World Championship-1958 (individuals) and 1956, 1958, 1961, 1965, 1966 (teams), silver medals of 1962 and 1967 World Championships, bronze medal of World Championship-1961 (individuals). Rastvorova won European Cup twice (in 1966 and 1967), USSR Championships of 1956, 1964 and 1967 (teams) and USSR Cup in 1958 and 1965.
After all, Valentina Rastvorova is famous for her work as a coach of Moscow Council PSS “Dinamo”.
Yuri Sisikin is an Honored Master of Sports of USSR, Olympic Champion, and winner of European Cup. He is registered in Guinness Record Book as the only fivefold World Champion in fencing. However this is not a full list his achievements.
He began his fencing career in 1950. Since 1958 to 1968 Sisikin was a member of USSR national team, and won USSR Championships and Cups many times (1958, 1963, 1968). Sisikin also won European Cups of 1965, 1966, 1968 as a member of CSCA team.
Yuri Sisikin gained many Olympic awards - title in 1960 and 1964 (team competitions), silver medals in 1960 (individuals) and in 1968 (team competitions). He is a fivefold World Champion (1959, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966), and a silver medalist of team competitions in 1958.
Sisikin is a referee of international category; he worked as a referee during the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1988 and 12 World Championships. He is declared to be the best athlete of Saratov region in 20th century. Besides that, he was awarded with Honor order and a medal “For outstanding sports achievements”.