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Józef Szmidt

Full name: Józef Szmidt (-Schmidt)
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: March 28, 1935 in Michałkowice, Śląskie, Poland
Affiliations: Górnik Zabrze, Zabrze (POL)
Country: POL Poland
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of Edward Szmidt.

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Born in Silesia, then part of Germany, to German parents, Józef Szmidt, nicknamed “the Silesian Kangaroo,” was the leading triple jumper of the world in early 1960s. Szmidt won the triple jump at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics and 1958 and 1962 European Championships. He also became the first triple jumper to break the 17 metre barrier, when he set his only world record of 17.03 just two weeks before the 1960 Olympics. He also competed at the 1968 Olympics, finishing seventh and at the 1966 and 1971 European Championships, finishing in 5th and 11th, respectively. He was also a 13-time Polish champion, winning triple jump titles in 1958, 1960, 1962-63, 1965-71; the long jump title in 1961; and 4x100 m relay titles in 1959 and 1960. Szmidt was elected as the Polish Sports Personality of the Year in 1960 and 1964.

Due to his popularity, after his athletics career, Szmidt, who was trained as a mechanic, was expected to enter politics with the Polish Communist Party, but he refused to do so, which led the Communist government to revoke all his privileges and his public appearances were banned. This led him to defect to West Germany in 1975 during the Polish football team’s match against West Germany during a 1976 UEFA Euro qualifying match, when Szmidt managed to be included among the small fan base allowed to accompany the national team. In West Germany Szmidt settled in Lüdenscheid, where he worked as a physical therapist. In 1992 Szmidt returned to Poland, where he purchased a farm near Drawsko Pomorskie, raising a goat herd and cultivating fruit trees.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.4 (1961); TJ – 17.03 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Poland POL AC h3 r1/3
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Men's Triple Jump Poland POL 1 Gold OR
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Men's Triple Jump Poland POL 1 Gold OR
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's Triple Jump Poland POL 7

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Poland POL Round One Heat Three AC DQ [40.73]

Men's Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD SBMD
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Poland Final Round 1 OR 16.81
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Poland Final Round Round One 1 OR 16.78
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Poland Final Round Round Two 1 foul 16.78
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Poland Final Round Round Three 1 OR 16.81 16.81
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Poland Final Round Round Four 1 foul 16.81
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Poland Final Round Round Five 1 16.63 16.81
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Poland Final Round Round Six NP 13.48
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Poland Qualifying Round 1 QU/OR 16.44
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 1 OR 16.44
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1 OR 16.44
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 1 pass 16.44
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Poland Final Round 1 OR 16.85
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Poland Final Round Round One 2 16.37
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Poland Final Round Round Two 1 16.65 16.65
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Poland Final Round Round Three 1 16.58 16.65
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Poland Final Round Round Four 1 foul 16.65
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Poland Final Round Round Five 1 14.55 16.65
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Poland Final Round Round Six NP OR 16.85
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Poland Qualifying Round 5 QU 16.18
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Round One 3 16.18
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Round Two 3 pass 16.18
1964 Summer 29 Tokyo Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round 7 16.89
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round Round One 8 16.06
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round Round Two 4 16.77 16.77
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round Round Three 5 foul 16.77
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round Round Four 5 16.66 16.77 16.77
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round Round Five 6 foul 16.77 16.71
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Final Round Round Six NP 16.89
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Qualifying Round 11 QU 16.19
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A 4 16.19
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A Round One NP foul
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 3 16.19 16.19
1968 Summer 33 Ciudad de México Athletics Poland Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
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