Profile Born on 17 July 1920 in Hungary, Rudolf Kárpáti became one of the greatest Sabre fencers of all-time. Between 1948 and 1960, Kárpáti won six Olympic gold medals.
Before Rudolf Kárpáti took up his career in fencing, it was music that was his first love. As Kárpáti was a talented violinist, he became a student at the Liszt Conservatorium in Budapest. Although his fencing career, and especially his arm muscles, didn’t have the best of influences on his violin playing ability, Kárpáti would eventually graduate from the Conservatorium.
Kárpáti took part at the Olympics for the first time in 1948 in London. There, he won a gold medal with the Hungarian Sabre team. Sabre fencing was a category the Hungarians had already dominated from the 1928 Olympics onwards and at the following three Olympics in 1952, 1956 and 1960, Kárpáti would add to this tradition with three more gold medals.
At the 1956 and 1960 Olympics in Melbourne and Rome, Kárpáti won gold medals in the individual Sabre event as well. These medals brought his total Olympic tally to six golds, which makes Kárpáti one of the most successful Olympic athletes ever.
In 1954 and 1959, Kárpáti also added another two individual gold medals at the World Championships. In his career, Kárpáti also won five World Championship titles with the Hungarian team.