(1974 - )
Sergei Charikov was born on, June 18, 1974, in Moscow, Russia.
One of the best sabre fencers in the world, Charikov
placed third in the individual sabre event at the 1998 World Championships,
third in the team sabre event at the World Championships in 1999, and
third in the individual sabre at the World Championships in 2000.
Sergei was both a coach and participant for the Russian
team at the 2001 Maccabiah Games. He won the gold medal in the individual
sabre over fellow Olympian, Vadim Gutzeit of Ukraine.
He competed in three Olympiads for Russia, winning
four medals. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, he competed in both the indvidual
and team events. In the team sabre competition, Charikov and the Russians
defeated Spain in the quarterfinals (45-34), Italy in the semifinals
(45-28), and Hungary in the final (45-25) to win the gold medal. In
the individual competition, Charikov easily advanced to the final before
losing; he was awarded the silver medal.
Charikov returned to the Olympics at the 2000 Sydney
Games and helped lead the Russian team to its second consecutive gold
medal in the team sabre event; they easily defeated France in the final,
45-32. In the individual sabre, Sergei entered the Olympics as the No.
3 seed (he was also ranked No. 3 in the world), but was eliminated in
the third round of the competition by Wiradech Kothny of Germany, 15-14.
Sergei was seeded 4th in the individuals sabre event
in the 2004 Athens Games. In the first round he met 29th seed, Candido
Alberto Maya Camejo of Spain, and defeated him 15-9. In the round of
16, Charikov beat Julien Pillet (seeded 13) 15-11. The Russian lost
a close match to the 6th seed, Italian Aldo Montano who went on to win
gold, 13-15 in the quarterfinal. In the team event, Russia was heavily
favored to beat Greece in the quarterfinals and did so 45-22. Charikov
lost his individual mini-match to Constantine Manetas 4-5, breezed past
Jason Dourakos 5-0 and beat Marios Basmatzian 5-3. The Russians lost
their semifinal encounter with Italy 42-45. Sergei won his individual
match-up against Luigi Tarantino 5-4, lost to Gianpiero Pastore 4-5,
and tied Aldo Montano 5-5. Charikov lost his individual mini-match to
Keeth Smart 3-5 and with Ivan Lee 2-5 and to Jason Rogers 4-10, but
Russia won the bronze medal match.
Charikov, a member of Maccabi Moscow, was inducted
into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Sources: Jews In