1968, 1972, 1976
Vinokurov competed in the team sabre event for the Soviet Union in three straight Olympiads, winning three medals. At the 1968 Mexico City Games, he and his Soviet teammates captured the gold medal.
Vinsokurov returned to the Olympics at the 1972 Munich Games, where the Soviets were expected to win the gold medal again. After dispatching Italy in the qualifying round (9-7), they defeated West Germany (9-4) to advance to the finals. The Soviets then defeated Hungary, 9-7, but in their final bout, lost a rematch to Italy (5-9), and were awarded the silver medal.
Although they did not repeat as Olympic champions in 1972, Vinokurov and his Soviet team did capture the gold medal at the next Olympiad, the 1976 Montreal Games. One of Vinokurov's teammates in 1968 and 1972 was International Jewish Sports Hall of Famer Mark Rakita.
A member of the Soviet Union's sabre team in the late 1960s and 1970s, Vinokurov won the gold medal in the team competition at the World Championships in 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, and 1975.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. Oct. 30, 1942
Use links below to navigate through the olympics section of Jews In Sports.
Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, by Joseph Siegman (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2000)
New York Times, October 14-October 28, 1968
New York Times, August 28-September 10, 1972