ⓘ Boris Onishchenko. Boris Grigoryevich Onishchenko is a former Soviet modern pentathlete who competed at the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics. He was a multip ..

                                     

ⓘ Boris Onishchenko

Boris Grigoryevich Onishchenko is a former Soviet modern pentathlete who competed at the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics. He was a multiple Olympic and world champion, but was disqualified for cheating at the 1976 Summer Olympics and banned for life from sports.

                                     

1. 1976 Olympics

Having already earned his country an Olympic medal earlier in Mexico City and Munich, Onishchenko entered the event as a three-time world champion. After the first event of the pentathlon, the Soviet team found itself in fourth place, trailing closely behind Britain. Fencing was the next event: a one-touch epee tournament. Onishchenko was considered the finest fencer among his competitors and was favored to win his matches.

During Onishchenkos bout with British team captain Jim Fox, the British team protested that Onishchenkos weapon had gone off without actually hitting anything. The competition director seized Onischenkos weapon and brought it to the bout committee. The bout was allowed to continue, and despite using an unmodified weapon, he still won by a large margin.

In electric epee fencing, a touch is registered on the scoring box when the tip of the weapon is depressed with a force of 750 grams, completing a circuit formed by the weapon, body cord, and box. It was found that Onischenkos epee had been illegally modified to include a switch that allowed him to close this circuit without actually depressing the tip of his weapon, so he could register a touch without making any contact on his opponent. Onischenko was ejected from the competition, which forced the Soviet Union to scratch from the team event. The British team that exposed Onishchenko went on to win the gold medal.

Newspapers decried him as "Disonischenko" and "Boris the Cheat". Two months later it was reported he had been called before Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev for a personal scolding.

                                     
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