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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
Died: May 19, 2014 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. Pietrzykowski fought 350 amateur fights, winning 334, drawing 2 and losing 14.

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. In 1986, Pietrzykowski became the first winner of the Aleksander Reksza Boxing Award.

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
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