Waldemar Baszanowski

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Waldemar Baszanowski
Waldemar Baszanowski 1964.jpg
Waldemar Baszanowski at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born 15 August 1935
Grudziądz, Poland
Died 29 April 2011 (aged 75)
Warsaw, Poland
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 64–67 kg (141–148 lb)
Sport Weightlifting
Club AZS Warszawa
Waldemar Baszanowski tomb in Wałbrzyska street Cemetery, Służew, Warsaw

Waldemar Romuald Baszanowski (15 August 1935 – 29 April 2011) was a Polish lightweight (-67.5 kg) weightlifter.[1]


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.[1]

Baszanowski set 24 world and 61 national records.[2][3] 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.[1]

In 1993 Baszanowski was inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.[4] In 1999, he became the President of the European Weightlifting Federation.

In 2007, Baszanowski fell off a tree in his garden, broke his back and was paralyzed from the neck down. After four years of immobility, he died in Warsaw at the age of 75 on 29 April 2011.[1]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Waldemar Baszanowski. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ WALDEMAR BASZANOWSKI: Biography. chidlovski.net
  3. ^ Mała Encyklopedia Sportu. Warszawa: Sport i Turystyka. 1985. p. 64. ISBN 83-217-2518-X. 
  4. ^ "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 7 August 2008.