Bronisław Malinowski (athlete)

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Bronisław Malinowski
Memorial to Malinowski in front of the Grudziądz stadium
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Poland
Olympic Games
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.[1]


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).

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Poland
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


See also[edit]

Preceded by
Soviet Union Vladimir Dudin
Men's 3000 m steeplechase
European record holder

equalled Vladimir Dudin's 8:22.2 mark

10 August 1972 – 14 September 1972
Succeeded by
Sweden Anders Gärderud
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kenya Henry Rono
Men's 3000 m steeplechase
best year performance

Succeeded by
Italy Mariano Scartezzini