Waldemar Baszanowski at the 1964 Olympics
|Born||15 August 1935
|Died||29 April 2011 (aged 75)
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||64–67 kg (141–148 lb)|
Baszanowski was born in Grudziądz on 15 August 1935. A month after his 25th birthday he competed for the World Championships in his sport. He became over the course of the next ten years the most decorated lightweight weightlifter at international level in the first century of its widespread competition, the 20th century.
Baszanowski set 24 world and 61 national records. He won gold medals at the 1964 and 1968 Olympics, five world championships and five silver medals, giving him a total of 10 medals, more than any weightlifter in history (to date).
His first wife Anita was killed in a car accident in 1969, 8 July, in which he was the driver; Baszanowski and his son survived.
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