Bizhan Zarnegar

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Referee
Full nameBizhan•Zarnegar
Used nameBizhan•Zarnegar
Original nameبیژن•زرنگار
Born25 March 1940 in Kermanshah (IRI)
Died21 April 2017 in Tehran (IRI)
Measurements172 cm / 64 kg
NOC Islamic Republic of Iran


Bizhan Zarnegar was a fencer at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, unusually competing in all six fencing events across all three disciplines – foil, épée, and sabre. He was captain of the Iranian national team from 1969-79 and again from 1989-95. Zarnegar was Asian Champion in individual épée in 1968. He later coached and led the Iranian women’s team at the 1974 Asian Games, where they won a team foil gold medal. Zarnegar died after a long battle with gastrointestinal cancer.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Fencing IRI Bizhan Zarnegar
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 6 p6 r1/4
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Iran 3 p4 r1/4
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 8 p3 r1/4
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Iran 4 p3 r1/5
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) 6 p5 r1/4
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Iran 3 p4 r1/4


Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Phase Unit Role As
1976 Summer Olympics Fencing IRI Bizhan Zarnegar
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) Round 1 Pool 3 Jury President
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Round 1 Norway — Argentina Jury President

Olympic family relations