Leszek Blanik

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Leszek Blanik
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Personal information
Full name Leszek Blanik
Country represented  Poland
Born (1977-03-01) 1 March 1977 (age 40)
Wodzisław Śląski
Hometown Gdańsk
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International
Club AZS AWFiS Gdansk
Head coach(es) Andrey Levit
Assistant coach(es) Piotr Mikolajek

Leszek Blanik (born 1 March 1977 in Wodzisław Śląski) is a Polish gymnast, World and Olympic champion in vault. He was the first to perform a handspring double front vault in piked position which now has been named after him.[1]


Blanik picked up a bronze in vault at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[2]

On 18 August 2008 he won the gold medal in men's vault at the Olympics in Beijing, becoming the first Polish Olympic champion in a gymnastics event.

World championships[edit]

Blanik won a gold medal in vault at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, earning him an individual berth to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also has two World silver medals, from 2002 in Debrecen, and 2005 in Melbourne.


For his sport achievements, Blanik received:
Knight's Cross Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (5th Class) in 2008.
Golden Cross of Merit Golden Cross of Merit in 2000.


  1. ^ Blanik's profile in "International Gymnast" (Retrieved on August 8, 2008)
  2. ^ "2000 Summer Olympics – Sydney, Australia – Gymnastics" Archived 2008-08-23 at the Wayback Machine. databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on April 4, 2008)

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