Waldemar Baszanowski

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Waldemar Baszanowski
Medal record
Men's Weightlifting
Competitor for  Poland
Olympic Games
Gold 1964 Tokyo -67.5 kg
Gold 1968 Mexico City -67.5 kg
World Championships
Gold 1961 Vienna -67.5 kg
Gold 1964 Tokyo -67.5 kg
Gold 1965 Tehran -67.5 kg
Gold 1968 Mexico -67.5 kg
Gold 1969 Warsaw -67.5 kg
Silver 1962 Budapest -67.5 kg
Silver 1963 Stockholm -67.5 kg
Silver 1966 Budapest -75 kg
Silver 1970 Columbus -67.5 kg
Silver 1971 Lima -67.5 kg
Waldemar Baszanowski tomb in Wałbrzyska street Cemetery, Służew, Warsaw

Waldemar Romuald Baszanowski (1935-2011) was a Polish lightweight (less than 67.5 kg) weightlifter.


Baszanowski was born in Grudziądz on August 15, 1935. A month after his 25th birthday he competed for the World Championships in his sport. He became over the course of the next ten years the most decorated lightweight weightlifter at international level in the first century of its widespread competition, the 20th century.

He set 24 world records and 61 records of Poland.[1] won gold medals at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City in the lightweight category. Baszanowski won five World Championships and five silver medals, giving him a total of 10 medals, more than any weightlifter in history (to date).

His first wife Anita was killed in a car accident in 1969, July 8, in which he was the driver.

In 1993 he was elected member of the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.[2] In 1999, he became the President of the European Weightlifting Federation. Baszanowski died in Warsaw at the age of 75 on April 29, 2011.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Mała Encyklopedia Sportu. Warszawa: Sport i Turystyka. 1985. p. 64. ISBN 83-217-2518-X. 
  2. ^ "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
Preceded by
Poland Jerzy Pawłowski
Polish Sportspersonality of the Year
Succeeded by
Poland Teresa Sukniewicz