Mark Petrovich Midler (Russian: Марк Петрович Мидлер; 24 September 1931 – 31 May 2012) was a Soviet Russian foil fencer. He competed at four Olympic Games[3] and won two gold medals.

Fencing career

Midler was a member of the USSR National Fencing Team between 1951 and 1967.[4] He trained at Burevestnik in Moscow.[5]

World Championships

Midler won four consecutive World Championships in Foil, in 1959 to 1962. He also won a silver medal in 1957 and bronze medals in 1959 and 1961.[6] Along with his Soviet teammates, he won the World Team Championshipsin Foil five times: in 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, and 1966. They also won a silver medal in 1967.


Midler was captain of the Foil team for the 1960 Olympic Games and the 1964 Olympic Games. They won the gold medal in Team Foil at both Olympics.

Coaching career

Midler coached fencing for the Olympic teams of the Soviet Union and Russia.


Midler, who was Jewish, was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.[7] In 1960 he was awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor.[5]


  1. ^ "NOS Sport – Schermlegende Midler overleden". Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  2. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Mark Midler". Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Mark Midler Olympic Results". Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  4. ^ Profile at the Russian Fencing Federation
  5. ^ a b Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games. (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 564. 
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  7. ^ Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Hall of Fame – Joseph Siegman – Google Boeken. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 

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