Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak

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Olympic medalist
Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Poland
Olympic Games
Gold Rome 1960 3000 m steeplechase
European Championships
Gold Stockholm 1958 5000 metres
Gold Stockholm 1958 10,000 metres

Zdzisław Ludwik Krzyszkowiak (August 3, 1929 – March 23, 2003) was a Polish track and field athlete, winner of the 3000 metre steeplechase at the 1960 Summer Olympics.

Born in Wielichowo, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Krzyszkowiak won 13 Polish National Championship titles in long-distance and cross-country events.

Krzyszkowiak rose to the international athletics scene at the 1956 Summer Olympics, where he missed the bronze medal in the 10,000 metres by 7.4 seconds, finishing fourth. At the 1958 European Championships in Athletics, Krzyszkowiak established himself as one of the best European long distance runners by winning both the 5000 and 10,000 metres.

Just two months before the Rome Olympics, Krzyszkowiak ran his first world record, clocking 8:31.4 in the 3000 m steeplechase. At the Olympics itself, Krzyszkowiak finished seventh in the 10,000 m, but won, as a main favourite, the 3000 m steeplechase.

After the Olympics, Krzyszkowiak decided to concentrate on the 3000 m steeplechase event, running his second world record in 1961, but was forced to retire from sports prematurely in 1963 due to injuries. After his running career, he worked as a coach.

Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak died in Warsaw, aged 73.

Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium in Bydgoszcz was named in his honor.


Preceded by
Poland Jerzy Chromik
Men's Steeplechase World Record Holder
June 26, 1960 – May 28, 1961
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Grigoriy Taran
Preceded by
Soviet Union Grigoriy Taran
Men's Steeplechase World Record Holder
June 26, 1961 – September 7, 1963
Succeeded by
Belgium Gaston Roelants
Preceded by
Poland Jerzy Pawłowski
Polish Sportspersonality of the Year
Succeeded by
Poland Edmund Piątkowski