Władysław Komar

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Władysław Komar
Władysław Komar 1972.jpg
Władysław Komar in 1972
Personal information
Born 11 April 1940
Kaunas, Lithuania
Died 17 August 1998 (aged 58)
Przybiernów, Poland
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 125 kg (276 lb)
Sport Shot put
Club Wybrzeże Gdańsk
Gwardia Warszawa
Polonia Warszawa[1]

Władysław Komar (11 April 1940 – 17 August 1998) was a Polish shot put champion, who was born in Kaunas. Competing in three Summer Olympics in 1964–1972, he won the gold medal (21.18 m) at the Munich Games in 1972.[1] His nickname was "King Kong" Komar as attributed to a Sports Illustrated article.


Komar later became an actor, appearing in more than ten films, including Kazimierz Wielki (1976), Soviet Boris Godunov (1986), Roman Polanski's Pirates (1986), as well as Magnat (1987) and Kiler (1997).[2] He died in a car crash in 1998 along with another Polish Olympic champion, Tadeusz Ślusarski.[1][3]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing Poland
1964 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 9th 18.20 m
1966 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 18.68 m
1967 European Indoor Games Prague, Czechoslovakia 3rd 18.85 m
1968 European Indoor Games Madrid, Spain 2nd 18.40 m
Olympic Games Mexico City, Mexico 6th 19.28 m
1971 European Indoor Championships Sofia, Bulgaria 4th 19.43 m
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 20.04 m
1972 European Indoor Championships Grenoble, France 2nd 20.32 m
Olympic Games Munich, Germany 1st 21.18 m
1977 European Indoor Championships San Sebastián, Spain 3rd 20.17 m
1978 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 2nd 20.16 m


Grave of Władysław Komar and Tadeusz Ślusarski in Warsaw.
  1. ^ a b c Władysław Komar. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Wladyslaw Komar. IMDb
  3. ^ Wallechinsky, David; Loucky, Jaime (2012). The Complete Book of the Olympics 2012 Edition. London: Aurum Press. p. 253. ISBN 978 1 84513 695 6.