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Władysław Komar

Full name: Władysław Komar
Gender: Male
Height: 6-5 (196 cm)
Weight: 276 lbs (125 kg)
Born: April 11, 1940 in Kaunas, Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: August 17, 1998 in Ostromice, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland
Affiliations: Wybrzeże Gdańsk, Gdańsk (POL) / Gwardia Warszawa, Warszawa (POL) / Polonia Warszawa, Warszawa (POL)
Country: POL Poland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Nicknamed “King Kong Komar”, Władysław Komar did boxing in his youth and took up athletics and the shot put only in 1959, when he was already 19-years-old. During his career Komar competed at three Olympic Games, winning shot put gold in 1972, and four European Championships, winning bronzes in 1966 and 1971. Komar also won three silvers (1968, 1972, 1978) and two bronzes (1967, 1977) at the European Indoor Championships and was a 14-time Polish champion (1963-64, 1966-73, 1975-78). Komar also played rugby at the Polish Championships.

After finishing his sporting career, Komar launched a successful acting career, in both stage and film, appearing in more than 20 movies, including as Sobansky in the Soviet movie Boris Godunov (1986), as Jesus in Roman Polanski’s Pirates (1986) and as Uszat in Kiler (1997). Komar also ran for the Polish Parliament (Sejm) in the 1993 election as a member of the satirical political party Polish Beer-Lovers' Party, but was unsuccessful.

On the evening of 17 August 1998, Komar and Olympic pole vault champion [Tadeusz Ślusarski] and former sprinter Krzysztof Świostek were returning from the Eugeniusz Pietrasika Memorial Cup, held in Międzyzdroje, when their car, driven by Ślusarski, collided with a car trying to pass them near the village of Ostromice on road E65. Komar and Ślusarski died on the scene, while the driver of the other car, former long sprinter Jarosław Marzec, died four days later in hospital. Świostek and Marzec’s wife Agnieszka survived the crash. Since 1999 a memorial tournament in memory of Komar and Ślusarski has been held in Międzyzdroje.

Personal Best: SP – 21.19 (1974).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Men's Shot Put Poland POL 9
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's Shot Put Poland POL 6
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Men's Shot Put Poland POL 1 Gold OR

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD SBMD
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Poland Final Round 9 18.20
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Poland Final Round Round One 7 18.20
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Poland Final Round Round Two 9 foul 18.20
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Poland Final Round Round Three 9 foul 18.20
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Poland Qualifying Round 7T QU 18.05 NM
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Round One 6 18.05
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Round Two 6T pass 18.05 NM
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round 6 19.28
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round Round One 7 18.66
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round Round Two 6 19.28 19.28
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round Round Three 6 18.54 19.28
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round Round Four 6 foul 19.28
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round Round Five 6 foul 19.28
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round Round Six NP 19.21
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Qualifying Round 9 QU 19.09
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 8 19.09
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A Round One 5 19.09
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 7 pass 19.09
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Poland Final Round 1 OR 21.18
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Poland Final Round Round One 1 OR 21.18
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Poland Final Round Round Two 1 foul 21.18
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Poland Final Round Round Three 1 20.55 21.18
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Poland Final Round Round Four 1 20.74 21.18
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Poland Final Round Round Five 1 20.80 21.18
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Poland Final Round Round Six NP foul
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Poland Qualifying Round 1 QU 20.60
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 1 20.60
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1 20.60
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 1 pass 20.60
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
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