|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Born||4 October 1934 in Bielsko-Biała, Śląskie (POL)|
|Died||19 May 2014 in Bielsko-Biała, Śląskie (POL)|
|Measurements||181 cm / 81 kg|
|Affiliations||BBTS Bielsko/Legia Warszawa|
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|