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Zbigniew Pietrzykowski

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 2
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameZbigniew•Pietrzykowski
Used nameZbigniew•Pietrzykowski
Born4 October 1934 in Bielsko-Biała, Śląskie (POL)
Died19 May 2014 in Bielsko-Biała, Śląskie (POL)
Measurements181 cm / 81 kg
AffiliationsBBTS Bielsko/Legia Warszawa
NOC Poland


Zbigniew Pietrzykowski is the best known Polish boxing hero, winning three Olympic medals in 1956-64, with two bronze medals in 1956 and 1964. In 1960 he was unfortunate to meet Cassius Clay in the final, losing to the future Muhammad Ali, but winning a silver medal. At the European Championships, Pietrzykowski competed five times, winning a medal each time, including four golds in 1955, 1957, 1959, and 1963. He was an 11-time Polish champion, winning the light-middleweight division in 1954-56, the middleweight class in 1957, and as a light-heavy for seven consecutive years – 1959-65. Pietrzykowski fought 350 amateur fights, winning 334, drawing 2 and losing 14.

After his competitive career, Pietrzykowski trained boxers for the teams of BBTS, GKS Katowice, and Wisla Cracow. He also became a member of the Polish Parliament (1993-1997), serving as vice-chairman of the Sports Committee. In 1986, Pietrzykowski became the first winner of the Aleksander Reksza Boxing Award.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Boxing POL Zbigniew Pietrzykowski
Light-Middleweight, Men (Olympic) =3 Bronze
1960 Summer Olympics Boxing POL Zbigniew Pietrzykowski
Light-Heavyweight, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1964 Summer Olympics Boxing POL Zbigniew Pietrzykowski
Light-Heavyweight, Men (Olympic) =3 Bronze

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