Leszek Blanik

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Leszek Blanik
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Personal information
Full nameLeszek Robert Blanik
Country represented Poland
Born (1977-03-01) 1 March 1977 (age 42)
Wodzisław Śląski, Poland
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior International
ClubAZS AWFiS Gdansk
Head coach(es)Andrey Levit
Assistant coach(es)Piotr Mikolajek

Leszek Robert Blanik[1] (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.[2]


Blanik picked up a bronze in vault at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[3]

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. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Leszek Blanik". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  2. ^ "Leszek Blanik". International Gymnast. Archived from the original on 2008-08-21. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  3. ^ "2000 Summer Olympics – Sydney, Australia – Gymnastics". databaseOlympics.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-23. Retrieved April 4, 2008.

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