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Tadeusz Ślusarski

Full name: Tadeusz Ślusarski
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: May 19, 1950 in Żary, Lubuskie, Poland
Died: August 17, 1998 in Ostromice, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland
Affiliations: Skra Warszawa, Warszawa (POL) / Górnik Zabrze, Zabrze (POL)
Country: POL Poland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Tadeusz Ślusarski was the world’s best pole vaulter in the late 1970s. He started in athletics doing sprints, high jump and long jump, but took up pole vaulting while studying at the Automotive Secondary Technical School of Żary from 1964-69. After finishing sixth at the 1968 European Junior Championships, Ślusarski débuted as a senior at the 1972 Olympics, where he reached the final, but missed his opening height of 5.00 metres in the final. The high point of his career came at the 1976 Olympics, when he surprisingly won Olympic gold in a tight competition against [Antti Kalliomäki] and [Dave Roberts]. At the 1980 Olympics, Ślusarski won silver behind the favorite, [Władysław Kozakiewicz].

Besides his Olympic medals, Ślusarski also won European indoor titles in 1974 and 1978 and silver at the 1977 Universiade. He competed at the inaugural 1983 World Championships, finishing fourth and at the 1974, 1978 and 1982 European Championships, where his best finish was seventh in 1974. Domestically Ślusarski was the Polish outdoor champion in 1972, 1974, 1975, 1982 and 1983 and indoor champion in 1976, 1978, 1983 and 1984.

After finishing his sporting career in 1988, Ślusarski worked as an athletics coach and high school physical education teacher in Otwock, near Warszawa. On the evening of 17 August 1998, Ślusarski and Olympic shot put champion [Władysław Komar] 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. Ślusarski and Komar 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 Ślusarski and Komar has been held in Międzyzdroje.

Personal Best: PV – 5.70 (1983).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Men's Pole Vault Poland POL AC r2/2
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Men's Pole Vault Poland POL 1 Gold
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Men's Pole Vault Poland POL 2T Silver OR

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Poland Final Round AC NH NH 0 0 0
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Poland Final Round 4.80 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Poland Final Round 5.00 metres AC xxx 0 0 0 NH
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Poland Qualifying Round 11 QC 5.00 0 0 1
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group B 4 5.00 0 0 1
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group B 4.80 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group B 5.00 metres 1T o 0 0 1 5.00
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group B 5.10 metres 4 xxx 0 0 1 5.00
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 1 =OR 5.50 0 0 3
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.00 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.10 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.20 metres 1T o 0 0 1 5.20
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.25 metres 6T p 0 0 1 5.20
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.30 metres 9T p 0 0 1 5.20
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.35 metres 12T p 0 0 1 5.20
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.40 metres 1T o 0 0 2 5.40
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.45 metres 5T p 0 0 2 5.40
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.50 metres 1 =OR o 0 0 3 5.50
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Final Round 5.55 metres 1 xxx 0 0 3 5.50
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Qualifying Round 16T QU 5.10 1 1 2
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 10T 5.10 1 1 2
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 5.10 metres 10T xo 1 1 2 5.10
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 2T OR 5.65 2 2 5
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.15 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.25 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.35 metres 1T o 0 0 1 5.35
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.45 metres 6T p 0 0 1 5.35
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.50 metres 8T p 0 0 1 5.35
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.55 metres 1T OR o 0 0 2 5.55
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.60 metres 3T p 0 0 2 5.55
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.65 metres 2T =OR xxo 2 2 5 5.65
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Final Round 5.70 metres 2T xxx 2 2 5 5.65
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Qualifying Round 1T QU 5.40 0 1 3
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 1 5.40 0 1 3
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 5.15 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 5.25 metres 4T xo 1 1 2 5.25
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 5.35 metres 7 p 1 1 2 5.25
1980 Summer 30 Moskva Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 5.40 metres 1 o 0 1 3 5.40
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