Andrzej Badeński

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Andrzej Badeński
Andrzej Badeński 1968.jpg
Andrzej Badeński at the 1968 Olympics
Personal information
Born 10 May 1943
Warsaw, Poland
Died 28 September 2008 (aged 65)
Wiesbaden, Germany
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Sport
Sport Sprint running
Club Legia Warszawa
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400 m – 45.42 (1968)

Andrzej Badenski (10 May 1943 – 28 September 2008) was a Polish sprinter who specialized in the 400 metres. He won a bronze medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics, and became European Indoor Champion in 1968 and in 1971.

Career[edit]

Badenski was born in Warsaw and represented the club Legia Warszawa.[1] At the 1962 European Championships he finished sixth in the 400 metres.[2] He did however win few international accolades before winning the bronze medal in the 400 metres at the 1964 Olympic Games. At the same Olympics he finished sixth in the 4×400 metres relay together with the Polish team.[1] At the 1966 European Championships he won a silver medal in the 400 metres, only behind Stanislaw Gredzinski, and won the 4×400 metres relay together with Jan Werner, Edmund Borowski and Stanislaw Gredzinski.[3][4]

After this, his greatest success would come in the regional indoor championships. At the 1967 European Indoor Games he competed in the relay final, but the team did not finish,[5] and at the 1968 European Indoor Games he won a gold medal in the relay.[6] He also won the individual distance at the 1968 European Indoor Games,[7] and two relay gold medals at the 1969 European Indoor Games.[8][9]

His second Olympic Games were in 1968. He finished seventh in the 400 metres.[1] In the 4×400 metres relay he finished fourth together with Stanislaw Gredzinski, Jan Balachowski and Jan Werner.[10] With the same team members he finished fourth in the relay at the 1969 European Championships.[11] In the individual distance he finished sixth.[12] At the 1970 European Indoor Championships he won two silver medals; in the individual distance[7] as well as in relay.[13] At the 1971 European Indoor Championships he won gold medals in both these events, the latter together with Waldemar Korycki, Jan Werner and Jan Balachowski.[7][14] With the same team members he won a silver medal in the relay at the 1971 European Championships[15] and a gold medal at the 1972 European Indoor Championships.[16] At the 1972 Olympic Games he reached the semi-final in the 400 metres and finished fifth in the relay.[1]

He became Polish 400 metres champion in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967,[17] and in 1971 he became American indoor champion in the 600 yards event.[18] His personal best time in the 400 metres was 45.42 seconds, achieved in 1968.[1] At the end of his career in 1974 he defected to the West and lived in Germany until his death.[citation needed] He died near Wiesbaden in September 2008.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Andrzej Badeński. Sports Reference
  2. ^ "Men 400m European Championships 1962 Belgrade (YUG)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Men 400m European Championships 1966 Budapest (HUN)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Men 4x400m Relay European Championships 1966 Budapest (HUN)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "1967 European Indoor Games, mens's relay final". Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "1968 European Indoor Games, mens's relay final". Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "European Indoor Championships (Men)". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "1969 European Indoor Games, mens's relay final". Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "1969 European Indoor Games, mens's medley relay final". Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Men 4x400m Relay Olympic Games Mexico 1968". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Men 4x400m Relay European Championships 1969 Athens (GRE)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Men 400m European Championships 1969 Athens (GRE)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "1970 European Indoor Championships, mens's relay final". Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "1971 European Indoor Championships, men's 4 x 400 metres relay final". Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Men 4x400m Relay European Championships 1971 Helsinki (FIN)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "1972 European Indoor Championships, men's 4 x 400 metres relay final". Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "Polish Championships". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "United States Indoor Championships (Men)". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2011.