Szymon Kołecki

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Szymon Kołecki
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Szymon Kołecki
Personal information
Full name Szymon Piotr Kołecki
Nationality Polish
Born (1981-10-12) October 12, 1981 (age 36)
Oława, Poland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 94 kg (207 lb)
Country  Poland
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s) – 94 kg

Szymon Kołecki (Polish pronunciation: [ˈʂɨmɔn kɔˈwɛt͡ski]; born October 12, 1981 in Oława) is a Polish former competitive weightlifter. He won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.


Kołecki represented the team of Górnik Polkowice. He is around 6'1" (1.85 m).[1] His career was put on hold in the early 2000s (decade), due to a serious back injury.[2] He qualified for the 2004 Polish team, but was disqualified from Olympic competition after a urine sample he provided tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone.[3]

Kołecki returned to weightlifting in late 2005, winning European Championships a few months later. He was also a member of the Polish team for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, during which he claimed that his recently shaved head had a covert political message.[4]

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


  • Olympic Games Sydney 2000 - silver;
  • World record in clean and jerk, 232,5 kg in Sofia, April 29, 2000;[5]
  • World Championships - silver twice (Athens 1999 and Santo Domingo 2006), bronze twice (Antalya 2001, Chiang Mai 2007);
  • European Championships - gold four times (1999, 2000, 2007, 2008) and one silver (2006);
  • Olympic Games Beijing 2008 - gold.

Career bests[edit]

  • Snatch: 182.5 kg in 2000 Summer Olympics in class to 94 kg.[6]
  • Clean and jerk: World record in clean and jerk, 232.5 kg and Polish record 235.0 kg in the Men's 94 kg class.
  • Total: 412.5 kg (180 + 232.5) in 2000, Sofia, Bulgaria, European Championships.


  1. ^ "Szymon Kołecki Statistics". Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Szymon Kolecki Undergoing Surgery". Retrieved 2017-07-30. 
  3. ^ "Polish weightlifter banned from Olympics". NBC Sports Online. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  4. ^ Polish Silver Medallist Kolecki's Tibet protest, website
  5. ^ "Progress of World Records, Men's 94 kg". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 2008-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Results". Official webpage. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 

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