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Zbigniew Pietrzykowski

Full name: Zbigniew Pietrzykowski
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (181 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: October 4, 1934 in Bielsko-Biała, Śląskie, Poland
Affiliations: BBTS Bielsko/Legia Warszawa
Country: POL Poland
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Zbigniew Pietrzykowski is the best known Polish boxing hero, winning three Olympic medals in 1956-64, with two bronze medals in 1956 and 1964. In 1960 he was unfortunate to meet Cassius Clay in the final, losing to the future Muhammad Ali, but winning a silver medal. At the European Championships, Pietrzykowski competed five times, winning a medal each time, including four golds in 1955, 1957, 1959, and 1963. He was an 11-time Polish champion, winning the light-middleweight division in 1954-56, the middleweight class in 1957, and as a light-heavy for seven consecutive years – 1959-65.

After his competitive career, Pietrzykowski trained boxers for the teams of BBTS, GKS Katowice, and Wisla Cracow. He also became a member of the Polish Parliament (1993-1997), serving as vice-chairman of the Sports Committee.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Boxing Men's Light-Middleweight Poland POL 3T Bronze
1960 Summer 25 Roma Boxing Men's Light-Heavyweight Poland POL 2 Silver
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Boxing Men's Light-Heavyweight Poland POL 3T Bronze

Men's Light-Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Boxing Poland POL Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1956-11-30 Papp (HUN) , Pietrzykowski (POL)
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Boxing Poland POL Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1956-11-28 Pietrzykowski (POL) , Nikolov (BUL) decision
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Boxing Poland POL Round One Match #4 1 1956-11-24 Pietrzykowski (POL) , Karpov (URS) decision

Men's Light-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP MR R T
1960 Summer 25 Roma Boxing Poland POL Final Round Match 1/2 2 1960-09-05 Clay (USA) , Pietrzykowski (POL) 0 57 58 56 57 57 285
1960 Summer 25 Roma Boxing Poland POL Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1960-09-03 Pietrzykowski (POL) , Saraudi (ITA) 4 59 60 58 60 59 296 decision
1960 Summer 25 Roma Boxing Poland POL Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1960-09-01 Pietrzykowski (POL) , Spasov (BUL) 5 60 60 60 60 60 300 decision
1960 Summer 25 Roma Boxing Poland POL Round Two Match #7 1 1960-08-30 Pietrzykowski (POL) , Willer (GER) 5 59 60 59 60 60 298 decision
1960 Summer 25 Roma Boxing Poland POL Round One Match #14 1 1960-08-26 Pietrzykowski (POL) , Crawford (GUY) 5 60 60 60 60 60 300 decision
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Boxing Poland POL Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1964-10-21 Kiselyov (URS) , Pietrzykowski (POL) 1 58 59 59 58 58 292
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Boxing Poland POL Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1964-10-19 Pietrzykowski (POL) , Gargiulo (ARG) 5 60 60 60 60 60 300 decision
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Boxing Poland POL Round Two Match #6 1 1964-10-17 Pietrzykowski (POL) , Holmes (JAM) disqualified 2 2:04
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Boxing Poland POL Round One Match #11 1 1964-10-14 Pietrzykowski (POL) bye