Marian Kasprzyk

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Marian Kasprzyk
Marian Kasprzyk.jpg
Marian Kasprzyk in 2007
Medal record
Representing  Poland
Men's Boxing
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1964 Tokyo Welterweight
Bronze medal – third place 1960 Rome Light Welterweight
European Amateur Championships
Bronze medal – third place Belgrade 1961 Light Welterweight
Copy of the medal and autograph of M. Kasprzyk in Avenue of Sport Stars in Dziwnów

Marian Kasprzyk (born September 22, 1939 in Kielce, Poland) is a former Polish welterweight boxer.

Amateur[edit]

Kasprzyk won the Welterweight gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games and the Bronze Medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics as a Light Welterweight.

Olympic results[edit]

1964

Biography[edit]

Marian Krzysztof Kasprzyk (born 22 September 1939 in Kołomaniu near Kielce ) - Polish boxer, Olympic champion.

His biggest success was at the Olympic games. In Rome, in 1960, he earned a bronze medal in light welterweight. In the quarterfinal he overcame the titleholder Vladimir Jengibariana from the USSR. He was unable to take part in the semi-final fight because of a minor injury.

At the next Olympic games in Tokyo, 1964, he became an Olympic champion in welterweight. In the first round of the final fight he broke his thumb but nevertheless he lasted to the end, overcoming the favourite of the competition, then double European champion, Ričardasa Tamulisa from USSR.

In Mexico, at the 1968 games, he lost in first round in light middleweight against American Armando Munizem. Later he became a professional boxer, competing for the World Championship in light middleweight four times.

Kasprzyk started once in the European Championship. In Belgrade in 1961 he won a bronze medal in light welterweight.

Competing in the Polish Championship in 1961 he has won a bronze medal in light welterweight and also was a Polish vice-champion in 1970 in middleweight.

He represented Poland 9 times, winning 6, drawing 1 and losing 2 times.

In his boxing career he fought 270 times in total, winning 232, drawing 10, and losing 28.

Between 1961-1964 Kasprzyk was disqualified (initially lifelong, then the punishment was eased) for being convicted for participation in a fight. The punishment was lifted shortly before the Olympic games in Tokyo, which Kasprzyk attended and has won after stiff contest with Leszek Drogosz.

This part of his biography was made into a movie called, "Boxer", directed by Julian Dziedzina, and based on a script by Bogdan Tomaszewski and Jerzy Suszko (1966). Daniel Olbrychski played in the main role.

He was an active sportsman between 1955-1976 for clubs like Sparta Ziębice, Nysa Kłodzko, and in time of his biggest success he represented BBTS Bielsko-Biała, as well as Gornik Wesol and Gornik Pszów. In 1999 he won an Aleksandra Rekszu award.

References[edit]

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