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Jerzy Pawłowski

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 3
Bronze 1
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJerzy Władysław•Pawłowski
Used nameJerzy•Pawłowski
Born25 October 1932 in Warszawa (Warsaw), Mazowieckie (POL)
Died11 January 2005 in Warszawa (Warsaw), Mazowieckie (POL)
Measurements174 cm / 74 kg
AffiliationsOgniwa Warszawa/Gwardia Warszawa/Legia Warszawa
NOC Poland

Biography

After three silver medals and a bronze, Jerzy Pawłowski won gold at the 1968 Olympics. He beat world champion Mark Rakita (URS) in the final of the individual sabre competition. Yet, a decade later, his name was not to be found in Polish sports books. In 1976, Pawłowski was tried for being a spy, and convicted of 25 years in prison. A major in the Polish army, he had been working for the American CIA under the code name Paweł since 1964. However, he was in fact a double agent, working for the Polish security service since 1950. Being considered a traitor, his name was erased from sports history in Poland. He was released in 1985 as part of a prisoner exchange between the Cold War powers. Remarkably, he chose to remain in Poland and died there in 2005.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Fencing POL Jerzy Pawłowski
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 4 p2 r2/4
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) 6 p2 r3/4
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Poland =5
1956 Summer Olympics Fencing POL Jerzy Pawłowski
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Poland 2 Silver
1960 Summer Olympics Fencing POL Jerzy Pawłowski
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) 6
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Poland 2 Silver
1964 Summer Olympics Fencing POL Jerzy Pawłowski
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Poland 5
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) =9
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Poland 3 Bronze
1968 Summer Olympics Fencing POL Jerzy Pawłowski
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Poland 5
1972 Summer Olympics Fencing POL Jerzy Pawłowski
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) 4 p1 r4/5
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Poland 5

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