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KARPATI Rudolf (1920) Hungary / Fencing
One of the greatest sabre champions of all times, Rudolf Karpati carried off six gold medals at the Olympics: two individual medals in 1956 and 1950 and four team medals in 1948 and 1960.Also a great music lover, he trained to the rhythm of classical tunes and led his opponents a dance on the piste, the podium where the competitions take place. He was even compared to an eagle because of the speed with which he swooped down on his opponents.After becoming president of the Hungarian fencing federation, Karpati received the Olympic Order in 1990. One of his sabres is exhibited in the Olympic Museum.
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