At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Vengerovskiy was a member of the Soviet Union men's volleyball team. The Soviets easily won their first three matches (they did not lose a set) against Romania, Korea, and Hungary. After beating Czechoslovakia, 3-2, the Soviets suffered their only defeat of the tournament, a 1-3 loss to Japan. The Soviets did not lose another set for the rest of the tournament and were awarded the gold medal over the Japanese because they had lost fewer total sets during the tournament (5 to 10).
Vengerovskiy was a member of the Soviet National team in the 1960s and helped lead them to the gold medal at the 1962 World Championships.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. Oct. 26, 1938
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 11-October 25, 1964