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Arnold Ralph Cooperman (16 November 1927 – 22 March 2009) was a British three-time Olympic fencer.

Ralph Cooperman
Personal information
Full nameArnold Ralph Cooperman[1]
Born(1927-11-16)16 November 1927
Stoke Newington, London, England
Died22 March 2009(2009-03-22) (aged 81)
London, England
Height5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight165 lb (75 kg)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Event(s)Foil and sabre

Personal lifeEdit

Cooperman was born in Stoke Newington, England, and was Jewish.[2][1]

Fencing careerEdit

He won the British junior championships in foil and sabre in 1950 and 1951, and won the British national sabre championship three times.[1][2]

Cooperman was a medalist at the 1950 Maccabiah Games and the 1953 Maccabiah Games and 1969 Maccabiah Games.[2][1] He competed in the world championships in 1953.[1]

He competed on behalf of Great Britain in foil and sabre at the 1956 in Melbourne, and in Rome in the 1960 Summer Olympics and Tokyo in the 1964 Summer Olympics.[3][1]

He represented England and won a gold medal and two silver medals in the foil and sabre respectively at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada.[4][5]

At the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games won a gold and silver in the sabre events and four years later at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games he won triple gold and a bronze medal in the foil (behind teammate Allan Jay).[1] He won his 11th medal in total and 6th and 7th gold medals in both sabre and team sabre at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Ralph Cooperman – A distinguished Jewish fencer 1927-2009," Esra Magazine.
  2. ^ a b c The Canadian Jewish Chronicle
  3. ^ "Ralph Cooperman Olympic Results". Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  5. ^ "1954 Athletes". Team England.