Marian Woronin

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Marian Woronin
Marian Woronin.jpg
Marian Woronin in 2007.
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Poland
Olympic Games
Silver 1980 Moscow 4x100 m relay
European Championships
Gold 1978 Prague 4×100 m relay
Bronze 1982 Athens 100 m
European Athletics Indoor Championships
Gold 1979 Vienna 60 m
Gold 1980 Sindelfingen 60 m
Gold 1981 Grenoble 60 m
Gold 1982 Milan 60 m
European Cup
Gold 1979 Turin 4x100 m
Gold 1981 Zurich 4×100 m relay
Gold 1985 Moscow 100 m
Silver 1979 Turin 100 m
Bronze 1979 Turin 200 m
World Cup
Gold 1981 Rome 4×100 m relays
Bronze 1979 Montreal 100 m

Marian Jerzy Woronin (born 13 August 1956 in Grodzisk Mazowiecki) is a retired Polish athlete who competed mainly in the 100 metres. He is a four-time European Indoor Champion in the 60 metres. He won nine Polish outdoor titles, and nine indoor titles.

His first major medal came at the 1978 European Athletics Championships, where he anchored the Polish 4×100 metres relay team of Zenon Nowosz, Zenon Licznerski and Leszek Dunecki to the gold medal in the event. He won the bronze in the 100 m at the 1979 IAAF World Cup, running for Europe.

He competed for Poland in the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow, Soviet Union in the 100 and 200 he reached both finals finishing seventh in both sprints. In the 4×100 metres relay he won the silver medal with his team mates Krzysztof Zwoliński, Licznerski and Dunecki.

In 1981 he ran with the Polish/Europe sprint relay team that won the gold at the 1981 IAAF World Cup in Rome. He won a bronze in the 100 metres at the 1982 European Athletics Championships.

His fastest time for the 100 m was 10.00 seconds, recorded in 1984 in Warsaw with wind on the maximum allowable limit of 2.0 m/s. This was the European record for the event until Linford Christie ran 9.97 sec at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Although Woronin's official timing read as 10.00 seconds, this was rounded up from 9.992 seconds – some claim this represents the first time that a Caucasian (and a European) broke the 10-second barrier in this event.[1] He is one of only seven individuals not of West African descent to run 100 metres in 10.00 s or less – the others being Koji Ito of Japan (10.00 in 1998), Australian Patrick Johnson (9.93 in 2003), Namibian Frankie Fredericks (9.95 in 1991), Zimbabwean Ngonidzashe Makusha (9.97 in 2011) Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre (9.92 in 2011), who is the first person of European descent to officially break the barrier and Zhang Peimeng (10.00 in 2013) of China.

Woronin's personal best in the 200 m was 20.49.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Poland
1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada 16th (sf) 100 m 10.69
29th (h) 200 m 21.90
4th 4×100 m 38.83
1977 European Indoor Championships San Sebastián, Spain 3rd 60 m 6.67
1978 European Championships Prague, Czechoslovakia 1st 4×100 m 38.58
1979 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 1st 60 m 6.57
1980 European Indoor Championships Sindelfingen, West Germany 1st 60 m 6.62
Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 7th 100 m 10.46
7th 200 m 20.81
2nd 4×100 m 38.33
1981 European Indoor Championships Grenoble, France 1st 50 m 5.65
1982 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 1st 60 m 6.61
European Championships Athens, Greece 3rd 100 m 10.28
5th 4×100 m 39.00
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 31st (qf) 100 m 10.72
6th 4×100 m 38.72
1987 European Indoor Championships Liévin, France 1st 60 m 6.51


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Preceded by
Italy Pietro Mennea
European Record Holder Men's 100 m
9 June 1984 - 23 September 1988
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Linford Christie