Łukasz Kwiatkowski

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Łukasz Kwiatkowski
Personal information
Full nameŁukasz Kwiatkowski
Born(1982-05-29)29 May 1982
Grudziądz, Poland
Died25 November 2018(2018-11-25) (aged 36)
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight92 kg (203 lb)
Team information
DisciplineTrack
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter
Professional team(s)
2009ASK Stal Grudziądz

Łukasz Kwiatkowski (29 May 1982 – 25 November 2018)[1] was a Polish professional track cyclist.[2] He represented his nation Poland in two Olympic Games (2004 and 2008), and also claimed numerous medals in track cycling at the UCI World Cup and European Championships since 2002. During his sporting career, Kwiatkowski raced for the ASK Stal Grudziądz pro cycling team before his official retirement in 2010.[3]

Racing career[edit]

Kwiatkowski was born in Grudziądz. Considered one of Poland's strongest cyclists, he made headlines on the international scene as an 18-year-old teen, when he claimed the silver medal in the sprint final match against Australia's Ryan Bayley at the 2000 UCI Junior Track World Championships in Fiorenzuola, Italy.[4]

An early success from junior cycling tournaments helped Kwiatkowski develop his form from a pure power sprinter into being one of the most successful Polish cyclists of all time. This showed that he had collected numerous medals in men's Keirin, sprint, and team sprint events at the European U-23 Championships and UCI World Cup.

Selected as the official member of the Polish cycling team, Kwiatkowski made his debut at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he edged out Germany's top favorite Jens Fiedler to take the seventh spot in the men's Keirin, but lost the repechage round one match to Barbados' Barry Forde in the men's sprint.[5][6] Affiliating with Damian Zieliński and Rafał Furman in the men's team sprint, Kwiatkowski rode a split time of 13.360 on the second leg to deliver the Polish trio a ninth-place finish in 45.093, narrowly missing out in the first round match by eleven-hundredths of a second (0.11).[7]

Shortly after his first Olympics, Kwiatkowski started the 2005–2006 season at the European Championships, where he helped the Polish squad score a more satisfactory triumph in the men's team sprint. He also added a silver medal to his seasonal career hardware in the final match against Ukraine's Andriy Vynokurov at the first stage of the UCI World Cup series in Moscow, Russia, making him the most successful male rider of the season by the Polish Cycling Federation.[8]

Three years later, Kwiatkowski qualified for his second Polish squad, as a 25-year-old, in two track cycling events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by receiving a berth from the UCI Track World Rankings.[9] In the men's team sprint, held on the first day of the track program, Kwiatkowski and his teammates Maciej Bielecki and Kamil Kuczyński set a thirteenth-place time of 45.266 and an average speed of 59.647 km/h in an opening heat against Japan, but were relegated for swerving out of the lane on the final stretch, handing their rivals a more satisfactory triumph.[10] Two days later, in the men's sprint, Kwiatkowski could not progress from the early stages after losing out again in the first round to Great Britain's Jason Kenny and the repechage to Malaysia's Azizulhasni Awang.[11][12]

Kwiatkowski died at the age of 36 from leukemia.[13]

Career highlights[edit]

2000
  • 2nd, silver medalist(s) UCI Junior Track World Championships (Sprint), Fiorenzuola (ITA)
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Larsson (25 November 2018). "Cykelstjärnan död – blev 36 år gammal". expressen.se (in Swedish).
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Łukasz Kwiatkowski". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Gala kolarska w Grudziądzu: Łukasz Kwiatkowski, dwukrotny olimpijczyk oficjalnie odszedł ze sportu" [Cycling in Grudziądz: Łukasz Kwiatkowski, a two-time Olympian, officially retired from the sport] (in Polish). Gazeta Pomorska. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Kolarstwo: Junior Łukasz Kwiatkowski wicemistrzem świata!" [Cycling: Łukasz Kwiatkowski, junior world vice-champion!] (in Polish). Wirtualna Polska. 7 August 2000. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Cycling: Men's Sprint". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Cycling: Men's Keirin". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Cycling: Men's Team's Sprint". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  8. ^ Tyniec, Marek (23 December 2005). "Maja Włoszczowska i Łukasz Kwiatkowski kolarzami roku 2005" [Maja Włoszczowska and Łukasz Kwiatkowski, 2005 cyclists of the year] (in Polish). Bikeworld.pl. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Pekin 2008: siedmioro kolarzy z kwalifikacjami" [Beijing 2008: Seven riders with qualifying spots] (in Polish). Eurosport. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Men's Team Sprint Qualification". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Men's Sprint First Round". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  12. ^ Bonnar, Neil (17 August 2008). "Kenny faces new Olympic medal test". The Bolton News. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  13. ^ Jonathan Larsson (25 November 2018). "Cykelstjärnan död – blev 36 år gammal". expressen.se (in Swedish).

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