Antoni Niemczak

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Antoni Niemczak (born November 17, 1955) is a retired long-distance runner from Poland, who won the inaugural 1984 edition of the Vienna Marathon, clocking 2:12:17 on March 25, 1984. He finished in eighth place at the 1986 European Championships in Stuttgart, West Germany. His best marathon time is 2:09:41, which he ran on October 28, 1990 in the Chicago Marathon. He finished in second place with a margin of less than one second between him and Martin Pitayo. Antoni was ranked seventh in the world for the marathon in 1990, the same year he won the San Francisco Marathon.[1]


Niemczak tested positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone after finishing second at the 1986 New York City Marathon. Although the steroid was known to have been prescribed following dental surgery and rather than to improve performance,[2] Niemczak received a two-year suspension from the sport.[3][4]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Poland
1984 Vienna Marathon Vienna, Austria 1st Marathon 2:12:17
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 8th Marathon 2:13:04
1986 New York City Marathon New York, USA DSQ (2nd) Marathon
1990 San Francisco Marathon San Francisco, United States 1st Marathon 2:13:48
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan Marathon DNF


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  2. ^ Suspended Polish Marathoner Gets the Runaround, The New York Times, October 11, 1988.
  3. ^ Bartłomiej Czekański: Kaniony nadziei, Sportowiec nr 25(1996) 1989, p. 17-20, Główny Urząd Kultury Fizycznej, Warszawa, ISSN 0038-8122
  4. ^ Elliot Almond: Suspended Polish Marathoner Gets the Runaround, LA Times, 11 October 1988