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Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak

Full name: Zdzisław Ludwik Krzyszkowiak
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: August 3, 1929 in Wielichowo, Wielkopolskie, Poland
Died: March 24, 2003 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Affiliations: CWKS Legia Warszawa/Zawisza Bydgoszcz
Country: POL Poland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak won 13 Polish National Championships titles in long distances and cross-country events. Krzyszkowiak rose onto the international athletics scene at the 1956 Olympics, where he missed the bronze medal by 7.4 seconds, placing fourth. At the 1958 European Championships, Krzyszkowiak established himself as one the best European long-distance runners, winning both the 5 and 10K. Just two months before the Rome Olympics, Krzyszkowiak ran his first world record, clocking 8:31.4 in the steeplechase. At the Olympics itself, Krzyszkowiak finished seventh in the 10,000, but won, as expected, the 3,000 steeplechase. After the Olympics Krzyszkowiak concentrated only on the steeplechase, running his second world record in 1961, but was forced to retire prematurely in 1963 due to injuries. After his running career Krzyszkowiak worked as an athletics coach.

Personal Bests: 10000 – 28:52.75 (1960); 3000S – 8:30.4 (1961).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Poland POL 4
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Poland POL 5 h1 r1/2
1960 Summer 31 Roma Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Poland POL 7
1960 Summer 31 Roma Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Poland POL 1 Gold OR

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Athletics Poland Final Standings 4 29:05.0 29:05.41
1960 Summer 31 Roma Athletics Poland Final Standings 7 28:52.4 28:52.75

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Athletics Poland Round One Heat One 5 QU 8:48.0 8:48.29
1960 Summer 31 Roma Athletics Poland Final 1 OR 8:34.2 8:34.30
1960 Summer 31 Roma Athletics Poland Round One Heat Two 1 QU 8:49.6 8:49.92