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Władysław Kozakiewicz

Full name: Władysław Kozakiewicz
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1.5 (187 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: December 8, 1953 in Šalčininkai, Vilnius, Lithuania
Affiliations: Bałtyku Gdynia, Gdynia (POL)
Country: POL Poland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Władysław Kozakiewicz was born to a Polish family living next to Vilnius in Lithuania. He became one of the top pole vaulters of the 1970s, culminating in his 1980 Olympic gold medal. Kozakiewicz was European Indoor champion in 1977 and 1979, and at the outdoor Europeans, he placed second in 1974 and fourth in 1978, also winning the World University Games in 1977 and 1979. He was ranked in the world top 10 every year from 1973-82, and was ranked #1 in the world in 1975, 1977, 1979, and 1980. His Olympic title was won with a world record, his second of 1980, in front of a hostile Mockva (Moscow) crowd. After his winning jump, he saluted the crowd with an "up yours" gesture, later known in Poland as "Gest Kozakiewicza (Kozakiewicz's Gesture)", with the picture being shown virtually everywhere, including on the cover of Track & Field News. The Soviet ambassador to Poland, Boris Aristov, demanded that the IOC remove the gold medal because of this act, but nothing was done, and he was elected Polish Sportsman of the Year for 1980. In 1985 Kozakiewicz emigrated to West Germany, where he twice became German champion and worked as a pole vault coach. After the fall of Communism, Kozakiewicz eventually settled in his native Lithuania.

Personal Bests: PV – 5.78 (1980); Dec – 7692 (1977).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Men's Pole Vault Poland POL 11
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Men's Pole Vault Poland POL 1 Gold WR

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 11 5.25 1 1 2
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.00 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.10 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.20 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.25 metres 3 xo 1 1 2 5.25
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.30 metres 6 p 1 1 2 5.25
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.35 metres 9 p 1 1 2 5.25
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.40 metres 10 p 1 1 2 5.25
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.45 metres 10 xxx 1 1 2 5.25
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Poland Qualifying Round 1T QU 5.10 0 0 1
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 1T 5.10 0 0 1
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 5.10 metres 1T o 0 0 1 5.10
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 1 WR 5.78 1 1 8
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.15 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.25 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.35 metres 1T o 0 0 1 5.35
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.45 metres 6T p 0 0 1 5.35
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.50 metres 1T =OR o 0 0 2 5.50
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.55 metres 5T p 0 0 2 5.50
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.60 metres 1T OR o 0 0 3 5.60
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.65 metres 1 OR o 0 0 4 5.65
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.70 metres 1 OR o 0 0 5 5.70
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.75 metres 1 OR o 0 0 6 5.75
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.78 metres 1 OR xo 1 1 8 5.78
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.82 metres 1 xxx 1 1 8 5.78
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Qualifying Round 5 QU 5.40 1 1 3
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 4 5.40 1 1 3
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 5.15 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 5.25 metres 1T o 0 0 1 5.25
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 5.35 metres 6 p 0 0 1 5.25
1980 Summer 26 Moskva Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 5.40 metres 4 xo 1 1 3 5.40
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