Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameZdzisław Ludwik•Krzyszkowiak
Used nameZdzisław•Krzyszkowiak
Born3 August 1929 in Wielichowo, Wielkopolskie (POL)
Died24 March 2003 in Warszawa (Warsaw), Mazowieckie (POL)
Measurements172 cm / 59 kg
AffiliationsCWKS Legia Warszawa/Zawisza Bydgoszcz
NOC Poland

Biography

Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak won 13 Polish titles in long-distance and cross-country events. Krzyszkowiak came to international attention at the 1956 Olympics, where he missed the bronze medal by 7.4 seconds, finishing fourth. At the 1958 European Championships, Krzyszkowiak established himself as one the best European long distance runners, winning both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres. Just two months before the Roma Olympics, Krzyszkowiak ran his first world record, clocking 8.31.4 in the steeplechase. At the Olympics itself, Krzyszkowiak finished seventh in the 10K, but as expected, won the steeplechase. After Roma, Krzyszkowiak concentrated on the 3,000 m steeplechase, setting his second world record in 1961, but was forced to retire from sports prematurely in 1963 due to injuries. After his running career, Krzyszkowiak worked as an athletics coach.

Personal Bests: 10000 – 28:52.75 (1960); 3000S – 8:30.4 (1961).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics POL Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic) 5 h1 r1/2
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics POL Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

Special Notes