Richárd Osváth

Richárd Osváth (born 28 February 1985) is a Hungarian wheelchair fencer from Romania. He won a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London and a silver medal at the 2013 Wheelchair Fencing World Championships, both in Foil A. He also won a silver medal at the 2014 Wheelchair European Fencing Championships in Sabre A and a gold medal in Foil A.

Richárd Osváth
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Osváth at the 2013 Wheelchair Fencing Championships
Personal information
Born (1985-02-28) 28 February 1985 (age 36)
Satu Mare, Romania
NationalityRomanian, Hungarian
WeaponFoil A / Sabre A
ClubTörekvés SE
Head coachSándor Beliczay (foil)
Péter Erdei (saber)
FIE rankingFIE ranking (archive)
Medal record
Summer Paralympics
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Sabre A
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Foil A
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Foil A
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2013 Budapest Foil A
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2014 Strasburg Foil A
Silver medal – second place 2014 Strasburg Sabre A


Osváth was born in Satu Mare, Romania. He took up fencing at CSS Satu Mare after a sports recruitment event at this school. His first coaches were Éva Lengyel and Attila File, who specialized in foil.[1] He began fencing in international competitions in 2002 and achieved his best ranking, #105 in juniors, in 2004. He won the Romanian national championship six times between 1998 and 2006.[2]

In 2008, Osváth was injured during a football match between friends and had to undergo seven operations in a row.[2] Despite surgery, Osváth was left with a paralysed leg. He stopped sport for four years, then took up wheelchair fencing. Romania having no wheelchair fencing team, Osváth accepted Hungary's offer for support. He took part in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London and reached the semi-finals, where he was defeated 13–15 by China's Yijun Chen after receiving a red card (penalty hit).[1] In the match for the third place, Osváth won 15–7 against Damien Tokatlian of France.[1] He dedicated his bronze medal both to Hungary and Romania, but mentioned he had received no congratulations from the Romanian Fencing Federation.[2]

In 2013 Osváth took part in both the Foil A and Sabre A events of the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Championships in Budapest. In sabre, he was eliminated in the table of 16 by France's Romain Noble. Two days later, in foil, he defeated again top seed Damien Tokatlian and reaped revenge on the Paralympic Games by prevailing 15–8 over Yijun Chen.[3] He reached the final where he was overcome 7–15 by China's Ye Ruyi and won the silver medal.[3]

In 2014 Osváth took a silver medal in the Sabre A event of the European Fencing Championships in Strasburg after being defeated 8–15 by Romain Noble.[4] The day after he won the gold in Foil A after a right 15–14 victory over Poland's Dariusz Pender.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Daniel Chiorean (25 September 2012). "Floretistul sătmărean Richard Osvath, medaliat cu bronz la Jocurile Paralimpice". Informația Zilei Satu Mare (in Romanian).
  2. ^ a b c Daniel Remes (20 September 2012). "A concurat pentru Ungaria la Jocurile Paralimpice de la Londra: "Medalia asta e şi pentru România"". ProSport (in Romanian).
  3. ^ a b Daniel Remes (9 August 2013). "Argint pentru Richard Osvath, în proba de floretă, la CM pentru paralimpici!". ProSport (in Romanian).
  4. ^ a b Nicolae Ghisa (11 June 2014). "Un sătmărean strălucește la CE scrimă de la Strasbourg! Aur și argint pentru Osvath Richard!". Vocea Transilvaniei (in Romanian).