Halina Konopacka

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Halina Konopacka
Konopacka Halina cropped.jpg
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for  Poland
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1928 Amsterdam Discus throw
Women's World Games
Gold medal – first place 1926 Gothenburg Discus
Gold medal – first place 1930 Prague Discus
Bronze medal – third place 1926 Gothenburg Shot put

Halina Konopacka (26 February 1900 in Rawa Mazowiecka – 28 January 1989 in Daytona Beach, United States) was a published Polish poet, and a famous athlete — the first Polish Olympic Champion (1928, Amsterdam). She took part in the Olympic Games in Amsterdam, where she won a gold medal in discus throw, breaking her own world record. This was the first women's gold-winning track and field event in the Olympics. While her pictures are relatively rare, a particularly beautiful shot of her from the IX Olympiad was published in the Tygodnik Illustrowany in August 1928.[1]

She became a writer after retiring from athletics, and she lived in the United States after World War II.

As a poet Konopacka debuted with the collection Któregoś dnia ("Some Day"; 1929).[2] She published also in the literary magazine of the Skamander group and in the Wiadomości Literackie, the premier literary periodical of the interbellum Poland, earning recognition and respect of such figures of Polish literature as Mieczysław Grydzewski, Kazimierz Wierzyński, and Antoni Słonimski.[3] While lacking the innovativeness of a Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, for example, Konopacka's poetry was nevertheless significant, according to Professor Anna Nasiłowska (b. 1958), for its feminist approach in analyzing the relationship between the man and the woman, and for its reminiscences of youth and its treatment of the theme of jealousy.[3]



  1. ^ Tygodnik Illustrowany (Warsaw), No. 31 (3,585), 4 August 1928, p. 585. (See online.)
  2. ^ Halina Konopacka, Któregoś dnia, Warsaw, F. Hoesick, 1929 (26 pp.).
  3. ^ a b Witold Malesa, "Silna ręka i miękkie serce", a Polish Radio programme (see online).
Preceded by
Czechoslovakia Maria Vidlaková
Women's discus world record holder
23 May 1926 – 22 August 1926
Succeeded by
Germany Milly Reuter
Preceded by
Germany Milly Reuter
Women's discus world record holder
4 September 1927 – 15 May 1932
Succeeded by
Poland Jadwiga Wajs
Preceded by
Poland Wacław Kuchar
Polish Sportspersonality of the Year
Succeeded by
Poland Stanisław Petkiewicz