Bronisław Malinowski (athlete)
Memorial to Malinowski in front of the Grudziądz stadium
|Gold||1980 Moscow||3000 m steeplechase|
|Silver||1976 Montreal||3000 m steeplechase|
Bronisław Malinowski (4 June 1951 – 27 September 1981), born in Nowe, was a Polish track and field athlete, named after the famous anthropologist, who is best known for winning a gold medal in the 3000 m steeplechase race during the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow, Soviet Union. A year later, Malinowski was killed in a car accident in Grudziądz, at the age of 30.
Malinowski was born in Nowe. He finished fourth at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, but came back to win gold at the 1974 European Championships. The period between the European Championships and the 1976 Summer Olympics, saw a rivalry emerge between Malinowski and Swedish athlete Anders Gärderud. It ended with Malinowski taking silver behind the first-place Gärderud who won in world-record time.
Although Gärderud retired from the sport in 1976, Malinowski faced a new contender, Henry Rono of Kenya, who set the new world record in 1978. Still, Malinowski beat Rono in a head-to-head race that same season. In the autumn of 1978, he successfully defended his European Championship at the 3,000-metre steeplechase in Prague (see, for example, Tapio Pekola et al., eds., "European Championships Prague" / EM-Praha, Kaarina, Finland: "Runner" / Juoksija magazine, 1978). The pinnacle of Malinowski's career came during the 1980 Summer Olympics when he took gold in the 3000 m steeplechase race by steadying himself against front-runner Filbert Bayi.
Malinowski had a Polish father and a Scottish mother. At the time of his death, he considered moving to Scotland because Poland was then politically restless (see, for example, "The Events of Top Sports Until 1982" / Huippu-urheilun tapahtumat vuoteen 1982, published in Finland in 1982).
|1970||European Junior Championships||Paris, France||1st||2000 m s'chase|
|1971||European Championships||Helsinki, Finland||8th||5000 m||13:39.4 (NR)|
|1972||Olympic Games||Munich, West Germany||4th||3000 m s'chase||8:28.0|
|1974||European Championships||Rome, Italy||1st||3000 m s'chase||8:15.04|
|1975||Universiade||Rome, Italy||1st||3000 m s'chase||8:22.32|
|1976||Olympic Games||Montreal, Canada||20th (h)||1500 m||3:41.67|
|2nd||3000 m s'chase||8:09.11 (NR)|
|1978||European Championships||Prague, Czechoslovakia||1st||3000 m s'chase||8:15.08|
|1979||World Cross Country Championships||Limerick, Ireland||2nd||Senior race|
|1980||Olympic Games||Moscow, Soviet Union||1st||3000 m s'chase||8:09.7|
- "Bronislaw MALINOWSKI - Poland - Olympic Steeplechase champion in Moscow". sporting-heroes.net. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
|Men's 3000 m steeplechase
European record holder
equalled Vladimir Dudin's 8:22.2 mark
10 August 1972 – 14 September 1972
|Men's 3000 m steeplechase
best year performance