Robert Korzeniowski

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Robert Korzeniowski (born July 30, 1968 in Lubaczów) is a former Polish racewalker. He has won four gold medals at the Summer Olympics and three at world championships.

Korzeniowski is a three-peat winner of the 50 km walk at the Summer Olympics. He won 1996 in Atlanta, 2000 in Sydney, and 2004 in Athens. In addition, he became the first athlete to claim both the long distance and the short distance crown, when he won the 20 km title at the 2000 games. He won world championship titles in 1997, 2001, and 2003. He won two times a European Championship in Budapest 1998 and in Munich 2002. He is also the former world record holder in the 50 kilometers race.

He retired after the 2004 Games and became actively involved in various roles at the International Olympic Committee. He was also the coach and mentor of former world record-holder Paquillo Fernández. Since 2005 he worked for Polish Public Television as a chief of sport department and in 2007 he became a General Manager of TVP Sport, a new specialized channel in Poland. On 6 November 2009 he announced his resignation.

For his sport achievements, he received the Order of Polonia Restituta:
Knight's Cross Knight's Cross (5th Class) in 1996,
Officer's Cross Officer's Cross (4th Class) in 2000,
Commander's Cross Commander's Cross (3rd Class) in 2004.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Poland
1987 European Junior Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 20 km walk DQ
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 4th 20 km walk 1:23.47
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 10th 20 km walk 1:21:32
50 km walk DNF
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 20 km walk DNF
50 km walk DQ
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 2nd 5000 m walk 18:35.91
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 50 km walk DQ
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 50 km walk DQ
5th 50 km walk 3:45:57
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 50 km walk 3:45.57
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 8th 20 km walk 1:21:13
1st 50 km walk 3:43:30
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 1st 50 km walk 3:44:46
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 50 km walk 3:43:51
1999 World Race Walking Cup Mézidon-Canon, France 4th 20 km walk 1:20:52
World Championships Seville, Spain 50 km walk DQ
2000 European Race Walking Cup Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany 1st 20 km walk 1:18:29
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 1st 20 km walk 1:18:59 (OR)
1st 50 km walk 3:42:22
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st 50 km walk 3:42.08
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 2nd 20,000 m walk 1:19:52.0
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 1st 50 km walk 3:36:39 (WR)
2003 World Championships Paris, France 1st 50 km walk 3:36:03(WR)
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st 50 km walk 3:38:46

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Awards
Preceded by
Paweł Nastula
Polish Sportspersonality of the Year
1998
Succeeded by
Tomasz Gollob
Preceded by
Tomasz Gollob
Polish Sportspersonality of the Year
2000
Succeeded by
Adam Małysz
Records
Preceded by
Russia Valeriy Spitsyn
Men's 50 km walk world record holder
August 8, 2002 – December 2, 2006
Succeeded by
Australia Nathan Deakes