Gutzeit, Vadim : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Gutzeit, Vadim


Country Represented:

Years Competed:
1992, 1996, 2000

Olympic Info:
Gutzeit has been one of the top sabre fencers in the world for the last decade and has participated in three Olympiads. In 1992, he competed for the Unified Team (former Soviet Union) at the Barcelona Games and won a gold medal in the team sabre competiton. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, Gutzeit competed for Ukraine's fencing team, and finished sixth in the individual sabre competition.

Gutzeit returned to the Olympics as a member of the Ukranian fencing team at the 2000 Sydney Games. Gutzeit entered the individual sabre competition as the No. 13 seed, and won his first bout over Rafal Sznajder of Poland (15-14). He was then eliminated from the competition after losing in the third round to Domonkos Ferjancsik of Hungary, 10-15. In the team competition, Ukraine lost to France in the quarterfinals (31-45), but then defeated Italy (45-29) in the consolation semifinals before losing to Hungary (43-45) to finish sixth overall.

Career Highlights:
Entering the 2000 Olympics, Gutzeit was the No. 15 ranked player in the world; he finished in 11th place at the 1999 World Championships. A top sabre specialist during the 1990s, Vadim finished third in the individual competition at the 1991 World Championships and helped the Unified team finish second. At the 2001 Maccabiah Games, Vadim won the silver medal in the individual sabre, losing the gold medal match to Olympian Sergei Charikov of Russia.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. Oct. 6, 1971


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Jewish Sports Review November/December 2000 issue (Volume 2, Number 9, Issue 22)