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Waldemar Baszanowski

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWaldemar Romuald•Baszanowski
Used nameWaldemar•Baszanowski
Born15 August 1935 in Grudziądz, Kujawsko-Pomorskie (POL)
Died29 April 2011 in Warszawa (Warsaw), Mazowieckie (POL)
Measurements165 cm / 64-67 kg
AffiliationsAZS Warszawa, Warszawa (POL)
NOC(s) Poland

Biography

Waldemar Baszanowski was one of the greatest lifters ever pound-for-pound. He was the first man to clean & jerk 2½ times his bodyweight. Baszanowski won gold medals in both 1964 and 1968 at the Olympics in the lightweight class and was also World Champion in 1961, 1964-65, and 1968-69. He also won five silver medals at the World Championships, and was a five-time European Champion (1961, 1965, 1968-69 ,1971). Baszanowski was a great technician who did very well in the quick lifts of snatch and clean & jerk. He set 24 world records, capped by his greatest day, 26 June 1964, when he broke the world overall record three times in the same competition. After his lifting career ended, he became a lecturer at the Academy of Physical Education in Poland and a coach, both home and abroad, coaching the Indonesian national team for several years. In 1999, Baszanowski became President of the European Weightlifting Federation, serving through 2007. Baszanowski won numerous awards, being named Polish Sportsperson of the Year in 1969, and he was elected to the International Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 1993. At the end of the 20th century, Baszanowski was voted the third greatest weightlifter of all-time in several polls, trailing Turkey’s Naim Suleymanoğlu and Hungary’s Imre Földi. In 1969, Baszanowski suffered tragedy, when his first wife, Anita, was killed in a solo car accident, in which he was driving with her and his son, who survived the accident.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1960 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Lightweight, Men Olympic 5 Representing Poland    
1964 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Lightweight, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Poland    
1968 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Lightweight, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Poland    
1972 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Lightweight, Men Olympic 4 Representing Poland    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1964 Summer Olympics 13 October 1964 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 427.5 1
1964 Summer Olympics 13 October 1964 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 432.5 WR 1
1964 Summer Olympics 13 October 1964 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #1 125.0 AC
1964 Summer Olympics 13 October 1964 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #2 130.0 AC
1964 Summer Olympics 13 October 1964 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #3 132.5 AC
1964 Summer Olympics 13 October 1964 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #1 127.5 AC
1964 Summer Olympics 13 October 1964 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #2 132.5 WR AC
1964 Summer Olympics 13 October 1964 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #3 135.0 WR AC
1964 Summer Olympics 13 October 1964 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #1 160.0 AC
1964 Summer Olympics 13 October 1964 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #3 165.0 AC
1968 Summer Olympics 15 October 1968 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 432.5 1
1968 Summer Olympics 15 October 1968 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 437.5 1
1968 Summer Olympics 15 October 1968 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #3 135.0 AC
1968 Summer Olympics 15 October 1968 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #2 167.5 AC
1972 Summer Olympics 30 August 1972 Weightlifting Lightweight, Men (≤67½ kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #3 142.5 AC

Other participations

Games Role Details
1964 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Poland    
1968 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Poland    
1972 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Poland    

Special Notes