A two-time Olympic sabre fencer for the Soviet Union, Tyshler won a bronze medal at the 1956 Melbourne Games in the team sabre competition. The Soviet team defeated Australia in the first round and advanced to the finals after defeating Italy in the semifinals. In the final pool, they lost to Poland and Hungary, but defeated France in the third place match to capture the bronze.
Four years later at the 1960 Rome Olympics, Tyshler competed in both the team and individual events. While the Soviet team failed to medal, Tyshler advanced to the finals in the individual competition. After winning his first round pool and his quarterfinal pool, he placed third in his semifinal. In the finals, Tyshler won only two matches and officially finished in seventh place (one spot ahead of Soviet teammateYakov Rylsky).
Tyshler returned to the Olympics as the coach of the Soviet fencing team at the 1964 Games; among his pupils on the Olympic team were Mark Midler and Mark Rakita (both are members of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame).
Tyshler, a doctor, was one of the best sabre fencers in the world in the 1950s. After helping the Soviet National Team gain prominence as a compeititor, Tyshler turned to coaching and teaching fencing technique. A Merited Master of Sport in the Soviet Union, Tyshler published over 30 books on fencing, coached the National Team for 13 years, and was the Head of the Fencing and Modern Pentathlon department of the Russian State Academy of Physical Education for 24 years. There are Tyshler Fencing Schools located in Russia and South Africa.
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encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, November 23-December 8, 1956
New York Times, August 27-September 9, 1960