Józef Grudzień

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJózef•Grudzień
Used nameJózef•Grudzień
Born1 April 1939 in Piaski Wielkie, Busko-Zdrój, Świętokrzyskie (POL)
Died17 June 2017
Measurements170 cm / 63 kg
AffiliationsLegia Warszawa, Warszawa (POL)
NOC Poland


Polish boxer Józef Grudzień won the gold medal in the lightweight class in 1964 against Vilikton Barannikov from the Soviet Union. The final between Grudzień and Barannikov was closely fought but the Russian, the more aggressive of the two, was continually backed up by the left jab of the Pole, who won a unanimous decision. Grudzień was runner-up at the 1965 European Championships, and won the European championships in 1967. He returned to the Olympic Games in 1968 where he lost against US-boxer Ronnie Harris in the final. Coincidentally he beat a different US boxer named Ronnie Harris in the semi-final in Tokyo.

By profession, Grudzień was an officer in the Polish Army and later worked as a constructor within a Warsaw-based company. In 2015 he appeared as himself in the Polish boxing documentary, “Ring Free.” He was awarded the Olympic Order in silver in 1985, and was also given the 1991 Aleksander Reksza Boxing Award. In 1998 he was awarded the Knight’s Cross and Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. Grudzień died in June 2017 at age 78.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Boxing POL Józef Grudzień
Lightweight, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1968 Summer Olympics Boxing POL Józef Grudzień
Lightweight, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver

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