Ildikó Újlaky-Rejtő

Ildikó Újlaky-Rejtő (Hungarian: Rejtő Ildikó, Újlaky Jenőné, Sági Györgyné, born Ildikó Rejtő; later Ildikó Sagine-Rejto; born 11 May 1937) is a retired Hungarian Olympic champion and world champion foil fencer.[1][2]

Ildikó Újlaky-Rejtő
Idikó Újlaky-Rejtő.jpg
Personal information
Born (1937-05-11) 11 May 1937 (age 83)
Budapest, Hungary
Height164 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight56 kg (123 lb)
Country Hungary
ClubÚjpesti TE
Achievements and titles
Highest world rankingWorld champion

Early and personal lifeEdit

She was born in Budapest, Hungary, and is Jewish.[3][4][5] She was born deaf.[6][7]

Career highlightsEdit

Because she was deaf, when she started fencing at age 15 she learned by reading written instructions from her coaches.[6][8]

She won the junior girls world foil championship in 1956–57, and was the Hungarian women's foil champion in 1958.[9][10] She was the Hungarian Sportswoman of the Year in 1963 and 1964.[10]

She represented Hungary in every Olympics from 1960 to 1976 and won seven Olympic medals, two gold (one each in foil individual and foil team), three silver (three foil team), and two bronze (one each in foil individual and foil team).[6] At the 1960 Olympics in Rome at the age of 23, she won a team silver medal in women's foil.[11] At the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo at the age of 27, she won both an individual and a team gold medal in women's foil.[11] At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City at the age of 31, she won an individual bronze medal and a team silver medal in women's foil.[11] At the 1972 Olympics in Munich at the age of 35, she won a team silver medal in women's foil.[11] At the 1976 Olympics in Montreal at the age of 39, she won a team bronze medal in women's foil.[11]

She won the 1963 individual foil World Fencing Championships title, and the 1962, 1967, and 1973 team foil World Championships titles.[11]

As a senior, she won the women's foil competition at the World Veterans Championships in 1999.[12]

Újlaky-Rejtő was inducted as a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[12][13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ildikó Rejtő-Ujlaky-Sági Archived 23 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ New Guinness Book of Records - Norris McWhirter, Ross McWhirter
  3. ^ Taylor, P. (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics: with a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medalists. Sussex Academic Press. p. 240. ISBN 9781903900888. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  4. ^ Encyclopaedia Judaica - Fred Skolnik, Michael Berenbaum
  5. ^ Encyclopedia of Jews in Sports
  6. ^ a b c The Armchair Olympian: How Much Do You Know About Sport's Biggest Competition?
  7. ^ Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler
  8. ^ The Incredible Fencer Ujlaky-Rejto Ildiko: The Deaf Olympic Champion – The Olympians
  9. ^ "Uslaky-Rejto, Ildiko": Jews In Sports
  10. ^ a b "Seattle’s Derrick Coleman: another great deaf sportsperson"
  11. ^ a b c d e f Ildikó Rejtő-Ujlaky-Sági | Olympics at
  12. ^ a b Griffin, Stan. "A Look Back at Olympic Fencing: Ildiko Uslaky-Rejto". Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Deaf Sports People"

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Márta Egerváry
Hungarian Sportswoman of The Year
Succeeded by
Jolán Kleiber-Kontsek