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Borys Onyshchenko

Full name: Borys Hryhorovych Onyshchenko
Original name: Борис Григорович Онищенко
Other name(s): Boris Grigoryevich Onishchenko, Борис Григорьевич Онищенко
Nickname(s): Boris Dis-onyshchenko
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: September 19, 1937 in Berezniaky, Poltava, Ukraine
Affiliations: Dynamo Kyiv, Kyiv (UKR)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Modern Pentathlon

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Borys Onyshchenko, the best Soviet modern pentathlete in the 1970s, is probably best known for being disqualified for cheating at the 1976 Olympics. At the Olympic Games, Onyshchenko had won already gold in the 1972 team event, individual silver in 1972 and team silver in 1968 and went to the 1976 Olympics as one of the favorites to win both the individual and team event with the Soviet team. The closest rivals to the Soviets were considered the British team and after the first event, Soviets were closely behind the Brits, but this was supposed to change in the second event – fencing. Onyshchenko, who was known as a very strong fencer was expected to win the fencing event. While Onyshchenko was fencing with Brit Adrian Parker, something odd was noticed, as Onyshchenko's sword registered a hit although he did not appear to have come close to one. In the next match against Jeremy Fox, the same thing happened. The Brits requested that Onyshchenko's sword be inspected and it was found to be rigged so that it could register a hit even when one had not been made. Onyshchenko was disqualified which resulted in the elimination of the Soviet team. The Brits went on to win their first Olympic gold in modern pentathlon, but Onishchenko was banned for life from sports, and later given the nickname, Boris Dis-onyshchenko.

Besides his success at the Olympic Games, Onyshchenko was also successful at the World Championships. He was the individual champion in 1971 and won the team titles in 1969, 1971, 1973 and 1974. He also won two silvers (1969 in individual and 1970 in team event) and four bronzes (1967 in team and 1970, 1973, 1974 in individual event). Onyshchenko was also Soviet champion three times (1969, 1970, 1976).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Men's Individual Soviet Union URS 5
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Men's Team Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Men's Individual Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Men's Team Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1976 Summer 38 Montréal Modern Pentathlon Men's Individual Soviet Union URS AC DQ
1976 Summer 38 Montréal Modern Pentathlon Men's Team Soviet Union URS AC DQ

Men's Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T OP W S P TP AT
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Final Standings 5 4,756
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Riding 28 995 3:48 105
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Fencing 8T 885 28
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Shooting 13T 912 190 0
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Swimming 5T 1,054 3:45.1
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Running 13 910 14:45.7
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Final Standings 2 5,335
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Riding 42 155 2:27.2 0:14 2:41.2
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Fencing 1 1,076 45
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Shooting 2 1,066 197
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Swimming 11 1,128 3:38.0
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Running 21 1,120 13:35.2
1976 Summer 38 Montréal Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Final Standings AC DQ
1976 Summer 38 Montréal Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Riding 23 1,068 1:56.1 32 0
1976 Summer 38 Montréal Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union Fencing AC DQ

Men's Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP AIP
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Final Standings 2 14,248 4,756 4,819
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Riding 1 3,135 995
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Fencing 2T 2,558 885 948
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Shooting 5 2,648 912
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Swimming 1 3,141 1,054
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Running 2 2,766 910
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 15,968 5,335 5,339
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Riding 13 2,925 945
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Fencing 1 3,060 1,076 1,080
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Shooting 1 3,110 1,066
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Swimming 2 3,396 1,128
1972 Summer 34 München Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Running 2 3,477 1,120
1976 Summer 38 Montréal Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Final Standings AC DQ DQ
1976 Summer 38 Montréal Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Riding 8 3,136 DQ
1976 Summer 38 Montréal Modern Pentathlon Soviet Union URS Fencing AC DQ DQ