Elżbieta Duńska-Krzesińska

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameElżbieta Maria•Duńska-Krzesińska
Used nameElżbieta•Duńska-Krzesińska
Born11 November 1934 in Warszawa (Warsaw), Mazowieckie (POL)
Died29 December 2015 in Warszawa (Warsaw), Mazowieckie (POL)
Measurements170 cm / 62 kg
AffiliationsSpójnia Gdańsk, Gdańsk (POL) / Skra Warszawa, Warszawa (POL)
NOC Poland
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2


Elżbieta Krzesińska competed in the long jump at the 1952, 1956 and 1960 Olympics, in 1952 under her maiden name of Elżbieta Duńska. Krzesińska won the gold medal in 1956 and added a silver in 1960. She was a bronze medalist in the long jump at the 1954 European Championships, adding a silver in that event in 1962. She was the gold medalist at the 1954 World Student Games in the long jump and pentathlon, and won the long jump at the 1959 Universiade in Torino.

Krzesińska set a world record of 6.35 in winning an international in Budapest in August 1956, and then equaled that mark a few months later to win the gold medal in Melbourne. She was world ranked #1 in 1956, and #2 in 1957, 1960, and 1962. Krzesińska won 10 Polish Championships, winning the long jump in 1952-54, 1957, 1959, and 1962-63, the 80 metre hurdles in 1957, and the pentathlon in 1953 and 1962. She later competed in Masters competition, breaking age group world records in the long jump, triple jump, and high hurdles in 1988. Krzesińska lived in the United States from 1981-2000, working as an athletics coach, before returning to her native Poland.

Personal Best: LJ – 6.35 (1956).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics POL Elżbieta Duńska
Long Jump, Women (Olympic) 12
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics POL Elżbieta Krzesińska
80 metres Hurdles, Women (Olympic) DNS
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) Poland DNS
Long Jump, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics POL Elżbieta Krzesińska
Long Jump, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver

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