To me, it was a wound that couldnt heal. I dont want to make trouble, and I dont want to give you any trouble. I dont want to excuse myself, and I dont want to discuss whether Im a good person or a bad person. Thank you for your concern, but I refuse to cooperate with you.
The Ukrainian man, who is about to turn 83, doesnt want to talk about the past. However, his name is closely tied to the most bizarre cheating case in Olympic history and can never be separated.
July 19, 1976, Montreal Olympic Games competition day. At 7 a.m., a bus full of modern pentathlon athletes left the Olympic Village for the University of Montreal, six miles away.
Archibald is one of oneissenkos regular customers.. Most Western athletes need to buy their own swords at their own expense, while Soviet athletes have special benefits, and their equipment is provided by the state. The normal price of a sword is 15 pounds, while buying second-hand goods from oneishenko costs only 5 pounds. In addition to being cheap, Archibald liked oneishenkos special hilt. The two exchanged in simple German and reached an agreement to trade at the end of the game five days later.
Oneishenko, who is about to turn 39, is convinced that after this week, he will no longer need the epee. After all, this time he has been selected for the national team, and it is almost impossible to fight for another four years. In the last Olympic Games, oneishenkos desire for gold went beyond the competitive level. If he could win the gold medal, he would get a higher rank in the Soviet army, and there would be many visible benefits - bonus, house, and a better future in the Soviet Union.
Modern pentathlon fencing project uses electric Epee, single round robin, each match is limited to 3 minutes, one sword will win or lose. If the winner or loser is not determined within the specified time, both parties will be judged to be negative, and the effective target is the opponents whole body. There is a circuit inside the epee. When an opponent is hit, the contact point of the sword head will react, and the current will pass through the circuit to the scoring box, and then light up the signal lamp.
Fencing was scheduled for the next day, which seemed to belong to oneissenko - none of the 47 athletes in the competition had more experience in fencing.
At 8 oclock in the morning, oneissenko had a smooth start, defeating teammates Pavel Lednev and American Mike Burley. Ive fallen into his hands not eight times in these years, but six times. He always has the upper hand, and Ive always wanted to have good luck, but with guys like him, you dont have luck, Burley said
Oneissenko beat British player Adrian Parker in the game, he almost killed the opponent, a fatal blow. Parker took off his mask and protested to the referee, Guido malakarne, saying he had not been hit. British team leader Mike praudvor suspected equipment failure, oneishenkos sword after the game, the referee declared that the original judgment.
Adrian had a bad temper, pruderford said, but at the time, my focus was not to let this accident affect fox.
This is foxs unforgettable game in his life. With 40 seconds left, the two men did not win. So he decided to make an empty move to lure the enemy in. Dodging oneishenkos attack, fox is ready to fight back when the signal lights up and the opponent scores. Fox found it hard to believe, because at the moment when the light was on, oneishenkos sword was clearly pointing to the sky. Its like holding a magic wand. Fox said.
We havent started yet, so were all watching, Canadian Jack Alexander recalled. We sat next to the coach, and he was exaggerating. As soon as the light came on, he yelled, boys, oneishenko is so fast that you cant see it. However, the three of us agreed, coach, he didnt hit fox at all.
Because of Parkers lesson, the referee, malakarne, felt something was wrong and immediately declared the score invalid. Oneishenko did not raise any objection, but apologized to fox. Theres something wrong, I say. Fox recalled, he said, yes, I know I didnt hit you. He was going to change his sword for competition. I didnt agree, not because I suspected that he was cheating, but because I thought there was something wrong with the sword, which may be used in the future. I think it is necessary to check it
The British team believed that oneishenko was suspected of cheating. The team leader, proudvor, wrote a letter of protest and formally filed a formal protest to the international modern pentathlon Federation at 10:40. The insane Olympic Organizing Committee also charged a fee of $25 for this.
At this time, Mary Glenn Hagrid strode into the arena. She was an influential female fencer in the industry. Her father participated in the fencing competition of the 1908 Olympic Games. She played in four Olympic Games and later entered the Olympic Committee. Glenn Hagrid told the competition director that the punishment of confiscating the sword and deducting the competition points would not be enough.
After careful inspection, the referee found a crack in the handle of the sword. At first, they were not sure whether the damage was accidental or intentional. Glenn Hagrids outspokenness made everyone feel uneasy. Until Charles debell, President of the International Fencing Federation, opened the magic sword, oneishenkos trick was finally exposed.
Its an engineers masterpiece, proudvor said. Its not something that enthusiasts make casually. They take the sword apart and discover it.
Sandy creks, director of modern pentathlon at the Olympic Games, recalled that oneishenko came to his office with three members of the referees Committee, and the broken sword was on the table. He almost collapsed in his chair as if the world had collapsed. It was humiliating in front of the world, he didnt answer any questions, he just claimed he wasnt guilty. Such deliberate cheating is equivalent to murder in sports
Like a criminal standing by a corpse with a smoking gun in his hand, oneishenkos explanation was feeble. He argued that the sword in question was not his own, but he was the only left-handed man in the entire Soviet team.
According to the rules, oneishenko was disqualified and his name was removed from the scoreboard. At about 12:30, Alexander, a Canadian athlete, saw in the corridor that oneishenko had been pushed away by Soviet officials.
It was so hot that two guys appeared. Just like the KGB we remember, wearing a windbreaker and a drooping hat, he grabbed oneishenko by the arm and pulled him out of the field, praudvor said
However, Olympic historian bill Mullen said: oneishenko is unique. Almost all cheating is related to banned drugs. Only in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and in the early 1960s were cases of gender fraud, but none of them involved the use of equipment.
When it happened, Ian woodrich of the daily mail happened to be in the office of the Soviet delegation in the Olympic village when the phone rang. Cheating? The translator glanced at the boss, who was sitting under a five foot high portrait of Lenin with a serious face. What are you talking about? We know nothing. The leaders are in a meeting. Please call back tomorrow. In fact, most of the Soviet delegation was in the office, looking worried.
That night, oneishenko was taken to the airport by two KGB agents and sent home overnight. Fox is still reminiscent of the days game, angry at cheating, after all, oneishenko has been his respected opponent. Affected by this, fox played an abnormal day, only ranked 18, dragged the team-mates hind legs, he even announced that he was ready to withdraw from the game.
At 10 p.m., Soviet athletes Pavel Lednev and Vladimir schumerev knocked on Foxs door. In the iron curtain era of the 1970s, the athletes of the two countries forged a magical friendship. Fox tasted the pickled fish of the Soviet Union, and schumelev received Jazz Records of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Now, they apologise for what oneishenko did and say they didnt know it. Oneishenko is introverted, schumelev said, like a lone wolf, always alone.
As an onlooker, praudvor felt that the two Soviet athletes were happy about the experience of oneishenko, and came here more like to clear the relationship. 20 minutes later, Lednev and schumelev left. Fox gave him a blue towel with the words modern pentathlon as a souvenir.
The next day, there was an unprecedented fencing report on the front page of the New York Times. Oneishenko changed from an unknown Olympic champion to the number one liar. Although the front page of the Montreal communique was reserved for comanec, who scored 10 points, it still left a place for oneishenko on the seventh page of the Olympic report. In that report, a Soviet official, who did not want to be named, said, cheating is a sad thing. His team didnt know it. For the whole modern pentathlon team, this is a tragedy. This is not the way we are used to.
A few days later, fox led the British team to a magical reversal to win the modern pentathlon team gold medal, and the rumors about oneishenko were flying. Some say he flew to Moscow to be sanctioned by Brezhnev, the head of state. He was stripped of his military rank and fined 5000 rubles. Others said his body was floating in a swimming pool in Moscow.
Fox has always been sorry for oneishenko, because he is the best fencer in the world and does not need to cheat at all. On the day of the competition, oneishenke changed his sword and still achieved 5-2. Team mate mosorov once calculated that as long as oneishenko was ahead of 35th in fencing, the Soviet Union would be enough to win the team gold medal.
I lost a lot because he cheated. Both physically and mentally, in the Soviet Union, the Olympic champions got a lot, such as pensions, mosorov said. Because of him, I lost everything.
In Ukraine, at least, oneishenko has never been out of the public eye, and has competed in the modern pentathlon in the Soviet Union a few years after the Olympics. In 1985, the Modern Pentathlon World Youth Championship was held in London. British official Martin Davy found oneishenko in the crowd of spectators. After retiring, oneishenko has been working in the atlette base of Ukraine, engaged in fencing teaching.
Oneishenko was not put in prison, mosorov said. They did not, but deprived him of all his titles. But no one can take the gold medal from him in 1972. He is still regarded as the Olympic champion in Kiev
Oneishenko had already obtained Foxs understanding. However, he kept silent about how to cheat, when to start cheating and why to cheat. He decided to rot the secret in his stomach. Generally speaking, the sports world does not regard oneishenko as a bad man. People understand that sort of desperate behavior, and he was caught and punished as he should, Archibald said. But to be honest, its exciting. Equivalent to the three swordsmen in modern pentathlon, the messenger on horseback galloped across the plain. You need a little bit of romance, and this is going to push us all over the world Source of this article: Netease sports Author: LAN Jian 13 responsible editor: Gong Hao_ NB12610
Oneishenko had already obtained Foxs understanding. However, he kept silent about how to cheat, when to start cheating and why to cheat. He decided to rot the secret in his stomach.
Generally speaking, the sports world does not regard oneishenko as a bad man. People understand that sort of desperate behavior, and he was caught and punished as he should, Archibald said. But to be honest, its exciting. Equivalent to the three swordsmen in modern pentathlon, the messenger on horseback galloped across the plain. You need a little bit of romance, and this is going to push us all over the world