Henryk Szordykowski

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Henryk Szordykowski
Medal record
Men's athletics
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1971 Helsinki 1500 metres
Bronze medal – third place 1969 Athens 1500 metres
European Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1969 Belgrade Medley relay
Gold medal – first place 1970 Vienna 1500 m
Gold medal – first place 1971 Sofia 1500 m
Gold medal – first place 1973 Rotterdam 1500 m
Gold medal – first place 1974 Gothenburg 1500 m
Silver medal – second place 1969 Belgrade 800 m

Henryk Jan Szordykowski (born 3 June 1944) is a retired Polish runner who specialized in the 800 metres and 1500 metres.

He was born in Iłowo-Osada and represented the club Wawel Kraków.[1] In his early career he finished eighth in the 1500 metres at the 1966 European Championships,[2] At the 1968 Olympic Games he competed in the 800 metres event, failing to progress from the first round, and finished seventh in the final of the 1500 metres event.[1] At the 1969 European Indoor Games, he won the silver medal in the 800 metres[3] and a gold medal in the medley relay.[4]

Then, in the 1500 metres he won a bronze medal at the 1969 European Championships and a silver at the 1971 European Championships.[5] He won the gold at the 1970, 1971, 1973 and 1974 European Indoor Championships.[3] At the 1972 Olympic Games he reached the semi-final of the 1500 metres event.[1] He finished sixth in the 1500 metres at the 1975 European Indoor Championships.[6]

He became Polish champion in the 800 metres in 1966, 1967 and 1969, and in the 1500 metres in 1968, 1971, 1972 and 1974.[7] He became Polish indoor champion in the 1500 metres in 1974,[8] and also American indoor champion in 1969 and 1971.[9]

His personal best time in the 800 metres was 1:46.6 minutes, achieved in 1968.[1] In the 1500 metres he had 3.38.2 minutes, achieved in August 1969 in Warsaw.[10] He had 3.58.8 minutes in the mile run, achieved in July 1972 in Stockholm.[11]

He is the brother of Zenon Szordykowski.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Poland
1966 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 8th 1500 m 3:45.8
1968 Olympic Games Mexico City, Mexico 6th (h) 800 m 3:46.691
7th 1500 m 3:46.69
1969 European Indoor Games Belgrade, Serbia 2nd 800 m 1:47.1
European Championships Athens, Greece 3rd 1500 m 3:39.87
1970 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 1st 1500 m 3:48.8
1971 European Indoor Championships Sofia, Bulgaria 1st 1500 m 3:41.4
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 1500 m 3:38.73
1972 Olympic Games Munich, West Germany 20th (sf) 1500 m 3:42.5
1973 European Indoor Championships Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 1500 m 3:43.01
1974 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 1500 m 3:41.78
European Championships Rome, Italy 16th (h) 1500 m 3:43.7
1975 European Indoor Championships Katowice, Poland 6th 1500 m 3:55.4

1Did not start in the semifinals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sports Reference Archived 2012-11-04 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Men 1500m European Championships 1966 Budapest (HUN)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b "European Indoor Championships (Men)". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  4. ^ "1969 European Indoor Games, men's medley relay final". Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  5. ^ "European Championships (Men)". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  6. ^ "1975 European Indoor Championships, men's 1500 metres final". Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Polish Championships". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Polish Indoor Championships". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  9. ^ "United States Indoor Championships (Men)". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  10. ^ World men's all-time best 1500m (last updated 2001)
  11. ^ World men's all-time best 1 mile (last updated 2001)