You might not know it
to look at him, but this man has been called
the biggest cheat in the history of
the Olympic Games. Boris Onischenko, or Boris Dis-Onischenko
as he soon became known, earned his place in
the Olympics Hall Of Shame for some innovative skulduggery in Montreal in 1976. Onischenko’s event was
the modern pentathlon, an all-round test of
an athlete’s skills. Pentathletes ride horses and
run gruelling cross-country, they shoot pistols… ..they swim… ..and step up, epee in hand, onto the fencing piste. But Onischenko added a sixth
discipline all of his own – electronic engineering. And this bright spark
from the Soviet Union nearly rewired the entire
integrity of the Olympics. Onischenko was a popular member of the USSR’s
Modern Pentathlon team. He was well liked and well
respected in a close-knit group. He won the team gold
in Munich in 1972 and the individual silver
twice. Here he is on the podium in
1968, receiving a silver medal, behind the Hungarians. But maybe he thought
his powers were on the wane. Away from prying eyes,
Onischenko, or someone he knew, made a few modifications to
the handle of his epee blade. All of a sudden, during a fencing contest against Britain’s
Adrian Parker, held at the Montreal University
sports facility, Onischenko seemed to be a
magician. Despite the Ukrainian’s epee not quite touching
the Briton’s body, the electronic scoring
mechanism recorded a hit. The British thought
it was a malfunction, until it happened again
in another match. Onischenko, a military man
himself, then faced Jim Fox, a 36-year-old sergeant
in the British Army, and the same thing happened
again. Onischenko lunged at Fox. Fox skilfully leapt out of the
way, but the scoreboard lit up
to record a hit. The Brits smelled a rat… but Fox would not be conned. The Britons again complained
and the officials investigated. They seized Onischenko’s epee and found a most curious device
in its handle. Beneath a layer of leather, there was a button
leading to a wiring system. Press the button,
and the sensors in the arena were told there’d been a hit. Onischenko had figured out
a way to hit his opponents without touching them. Suffice to say,
it was not in the rules. The punishment was immediate. Appeals fell on deaf ears. In disgrace, Onischenko
was booted from the Games, reported to have stopped by his old rival Fox
on the way out to say he was sorry. The British went on
to take the gold medal. Back at the Olympic Village, the USSR volleyball team threatened to push Onischenko
out of a window. They believed he’d brought
shame on the entire nation. But some still say
he was a victim himself of the win-at-all-costs
Soviet regime. He went back to Kiev and
was expelled from the Red Army. He got a personal dressing-down from the Soviet leader
Leonid Brezhnev and a 500-rouble fine. Reports say he was last seen driving a taxi in
the Ukrainian capital. Stories of strange wires sticking out of the side of his
meter, however, cannot be confirmed.

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  • May 12, 2018 at 12:48 am
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    I don't get why he did it. Wouldn't people obviously see it didn't hit and question it?

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  • May 14, 2018 at 7:39 pm
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    He looks like lance Armstrong

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  • May 18, 2018 at 7:59 am
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    stupid cheat, got caught straight away

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  • May 27, 2018 at 5:02 pm
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    He clearly isn't very devious if he was caught so easily LOL

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  • May 31, 2018 at 3:15 am
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    It's the Olympic committee taking the bribe and allowing OAR to compete

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  • May 31, 2018 at 1:57 pm
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    how did the electronics work

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  • June 8, 2018 at 12:41 am
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    Im totally fine with cheaters.

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  • June 8, 2018 at 11:03 pm
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    Great acting from the Leon Paul Fencing centre😂

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  • June 13, 2018 at 10:12 pm
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    how dumb would you have to be to think you would get away with that for any meaningful amount of time. Or at least save it for the finals.

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:40 am
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    Он Украинец, а не русский!

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  • June 16, 2018 at 12:22 pm
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    A+ reenactment!

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  • June 17, 2018 at 2:49 am
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    Keiv is in Ukraine not in Russia. Russia thinks they own Ukraine. Not so!!!

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  • June 22, 2018 at 6:09 am
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    Russian Hackers!

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  • June 22, 2018 at 8:04 am
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    You should show some shooting moments! Would be cool.

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  • June 25, 2018 at 3:26 pm
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    With epee, the circuit closes on just the weapon (with foil/sabre, it closes with contact to opponent lame), in short the weapon's point is just a switch.

    The wire runs through to the guard. To cheat it, all that's needed is to connect those wires under the guard. You don't even need that small board seen in the video, just a small switch running to the blade's wire. So now, the weapons are inspected and the wire has to be seen until the connecting body wire.

    I'm surprised this happened back then, at an Olympic level even. I'm sure even back then people already understood electronics. That all it needs to close a circuit is to connect the wires.

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  • June 26, 2018 at 5:17 am
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    May I point out that most of the live stuff shown here is a recreation? Not the actual film footage.

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  • June 26, 2018 at 10:58 pm
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    OK, I know you tried hard to make the visuals interesting. But really, an electronic circuit board under the pad? No, it wasn't nearly that complex. The A and B wires were exposed, not covered by any insulating material. The "button" simply allowed him to push the two exposed wires to the metal guard, closing the circuit and bringing up a light. This is why referees now inspect behind the pad to see if any of the wire is not covered with the insulating target. They don't look for circuit boards.

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  • June 28, 2018 at 1:26 pm
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    Russians and cheating. Go hand in hand apparently.

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  • June 28, 2018 at 5:19 pm
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    You haven't seen my Wii baseball matches

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  • July 1, 2018 at 2:19 pm
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    The USSR cheating in the late 20th century?

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  • July 6, 2018 at 5:32 am
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    it figures the russian would cheat.

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  • July 9, 2018 at 1:06 am
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    The most devious cheat in Olympic History was in Sochi 2014 when the judges took Yuna Kim gold medal and gave it to Sotnikova

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  • July 22, 2018 at 2:07 am
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    Ussr/Russian athletes are all suspect

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  • July 25, 2018 at 10:56 am
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    well, at least we know if anyone tries to cheat, they always catch it, sneaky man 😂

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  • July 28, 2018 at 10:33 am
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    Well Steroids Is Commonly Use In Race In This Olympics

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  • July 28, 2018 at 10:32 pm
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    Only the survivors get to compete at the non-lethan olympics fencing 🙁

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  • July 31, 2018 at 4:09 am
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    Americans are also big cheaters every doping list there names were always be .

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  • August 17, 2018 at 9:22 pm
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    He should have used proximity sensor effectively

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  • August 18, 2018 at 11:10 am
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    02:53 what was the appeal? what could they possibly say!!
    "It wasn't cheating, he accidentally made the device and accidentally pressed the button multiple times at crucial moments in several matches. It's an error anyone could make."

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  • August 21, 2018 at 3:42 am
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    This guy is actually a very good friend of my dad. From his account, KGB approached him before the 1976 Olympics and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. His medals were eventually reinstated by the Olympic committee years later. And I can confirm that he definitely never drove a cab lol.

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  • August 23, 2018 at 5:19 am
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    Thank you for the subtitles on each videos

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  • August 24, 2018 at 6:29 pm
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    BIGGEST CHEATEE

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  • September 10, 2018 at 7:55 am
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    Bahahahahaha “disonishenko” (i suk attt speliinge)

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  • September 14, 2018 at 10:17 am
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    Russians and cheating go together like bread and butter

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  • September 18, 2018 at 8:14 am
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    they are only mad because he did this against the british

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  • September 19, 2018 at 5:10 pm
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    I am a fencer two but i dint cheat

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  • September 20, 2018 at 7:39 am
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    Ideal with Soviets for 30 years on a fencing strip most dishonest people that I ever faced

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  • September 20, 2018 at 7:50 am
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    United States fencing Association bunch of crooks and 99% of them have no clue what they do

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  • September 20, 2018 at 8:04 am
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    Bolshevik killed every decent person 1917 these are k g b agents who think they can fence

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  • September 23, 2018 at 1:39 pm
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    the most devious cheat, was the one against shin a lam, vs. german Britta heidemann.

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  • October 2, 2018 at 10:20 pm
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    Well, they were bound to ..foil.. his trickery eventually…So embarrassing that it probably caused him to nearly feint on the spot. Great video, btw. definitely worth a riposte, id say! …(Sorry, i was just leaving now.) 😛

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  • October 7, 2018 at 9:31 am
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    “You might not know it to look at him, but this man has been called the biggest cheat in the history of the Olympic Games”
    How on earth could anyone possibly know that just by looking at someone?

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  • October 12, 2018 at 10:14 pm
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    500 ruble is like 10 dollars lmao

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  • October 18, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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    Bloody Australian's aye

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  • October 18, 2018 at 8:56 pm
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    I mostly love how comically huge the depiction of his cheating device is in this video. Very nice vid!

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  • October 21, 2018 at 6:06 am
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    A touch of US propaganda is even found in Olympics commentary. What a shame

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  • October 21, 2018 at 8:39 am
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    The most devious cheat was to not let Russian "clean" athletes to Rio 2014

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  • October 25, 2018 at 8:37 pm
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    word.exe?

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  • November 3, 2018 at 3:13 pm
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    Invative

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  • November 6, 2018 at 5:23 pm
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    правильно мужик сделал жаль попался все равно спорт продажный и наркоманский.

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  • November 17, 2018 at 4:42 am
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    The cheats are always the Russians or the Chinese. Same with video games.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 7:06 pm
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    Anyone else 2018

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  • December 5, 2018 at 6:09 am
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    yeet

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  • December 7, 2018 at 11:20 pm
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    Always the Russians

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  • December 11, 2018 at 8:48 am
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    he should just go be an electrician tbh

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  • December 12, 2018 at 3:00 am
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    the real russian hacking

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  • December 14, 2018 at 5:40 am
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    It was the Soviet coach most probably

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  • December 14, 2018 at 1:43 pm
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    Are you serious??? What about the hundreds of scumbag Russian athletes who were caught actively use performance enhancing drugs for decades which were allowed to compete in Rio. The Olympic federation is one of the most shadey and corrupt sport groups in the world.

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  • December 23, 2018 at 6:08 pm
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    1:59
    They were shaking hands with their gloved hands. In fencing you can only shake hands with your ungloved hands.

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  • December 28, 2018 at 12:26 pm
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    Olympic crybaby champion. When did Olympians turn into children? You're an OLYMPIAN!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    sadly russian sports history has some depressing moments, especially nowadays.
    happy to hear about the reaction of the volleyball team though..

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  • January 20, 2019 at 12:19 am
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    What a surprise, its the Russians

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  • January 21, 2019 at 1:40 am
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    Man Russia has been cheating for decades.

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  • January 21, 2019 at 5:23 am
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    Does anybody notice that there just wearing white clothes?

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  • January 22, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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    no the biggest cheat was when olympia said that phelps won instead of cavic just because of popularity and money

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  • January 24, 2019 at 8:27 am
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    GENIUS!!!! WHY DIDN'T HE USE THIS TECHNOLOGY TO DISABLE BANK ALARM SYSTEMS!?!?!?

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  • January 26, 2019 at 1:15 am
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    Yes let's ignore the Russian steroid scandal as the most devious cheat in Olympic Games history.

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  • January 26, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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    Most devious cheat? Why? Because he is Eastern European? And Eastern Europeans are devious by definition. While American "Sportsmen" were popping the "Clear" minutes before a race.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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    Pretty sure this should be about the British cycling team…soon as we figure out how they are doing it.

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  • January 31, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    Why must beekeepers fight?

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  • February 5, 2019 at 6:11 am
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    HAHA, THE USSR VOLLEYBALL TEAM! THEY MUST BE HAVE BEEN BULLIED IN RUSSIA FOR PLAYING VOLLEYBALL!

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  • February 5, 2019 at 6:42 am
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    If there was 0.2 seconds left and it started at 1.0 second they should just have said if it falls below 0.8 then Shin claims the title

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  • February 14, 2019 at 1:08 pm
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    As someone who’s fenced most of my life, this is not the only time someone tried to cheat. A few years ago someone got a black card (disqualification) for there French grip being bent a certain way. The fencer was told the day before by the refs it was to bent, so the refs had bent it back. But, that night they had bent it back. Needles to say, don’t cheat.

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  • February 15, 2019 at 2:28 am
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    Ok but can we talk about how good the camera quality is for 1968? 1:06

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  • February 22, 2019 at 4:53 pm
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    Of course he's russian

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  • February 25, 2019 at 3:11 am
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    He was ahead of his time.

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  • March 31, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    Ha this is the Leon Paul fencing centre!

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  • April 2, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    The whole olympics is a sham. It is just who does it better whether it is performance enhancing drugs, steroids etc. So many documentaries have been made on them. It has become the arena of best cheaters in sports in world.

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  • April 3, 2019 at 11:56 pm
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    "lemme just put this breadboard in my sword, shgouldn't affect my grip whatsoever"

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  • April 20, 2019 at 8:50 am
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    Fencing is all about chivalry. Only thing you can get black carded for (disqualified) is being impolite. I.e. swearing, shouting while looking at your opponent, leaving without a handshake, throwing gear etc. ive even seen tournament winners get black carded by throwing their mask in excitement and then first place going to the person who should’ve been second.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Foil is best. Dont @ me

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  • April 28, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    USSR sport ladies and gentlemen.

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  • May 11, 2019 at 4:35 am
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    Taxi driver pays more than Army in former USSR.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    I'm a fencer and a scientist/engineer and I've noticed 2 things:

    1. The breadboard (electronic device) used in the video makes no sense whatsoever and is utterly useless.

    2. Fencing back then must've been the worst without replays

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  • May 19, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    He was working as a taxi driver? I would check his bill counter before boarding his car

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  • May 19, 2019 at 7:24 pm
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    Britain won a gold medal pentathlon? don't remember this

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  • June 3, 2019 at 8:45 pm
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    Nice re-enactment

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    Oh please….The Soviets ain't mad bcuz he did it, they're pissed bcuz he got caught PERIOD!

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  • June 27, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Great brain😂

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  • June 27, 2019 at 10:16 pm
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    Why was the device under the pad a breadboard, LED, wires, and a few buttons with no battery and no source of power

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  • July 6, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    The thing is he won against the British man even without cheating so if he never cheated then he would have got gold

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  • July 7, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    The Russians cheating at something? What a shocker.

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  • July 10, 2019 at 2:01 pm
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    3:36 In Kiev drivers sit on the left side of the car. Or is it another cheat? 🙂 Janusz Peciak won the event for Poland, it would be great to address that.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 3:53 am
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    Why is fencing so flawed?

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  • July 18, 2019 at 5:57 am
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    Shocking! A Russian cheating at the olympics. Only way they can win.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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    Se mamaron con la parte final de su taximetro jajajaja.

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  • August 6, 2019 at 12:33 am
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    Why don't they just use some sort of highly pigmented chalk that indicates a hit? That at ;east can easily be washed right off so they cant cheat by leaving the mark on it

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  • August 12, 2019 at 1:58 am
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    How honestly can’t understand how cheaters can ever enjoy the win.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    I’m a baba

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