Adam Kszczot

Adam Piotr Kszczot (pronounced [ˈadam ˈkʂt͡ʂɔt]; born 2 September 1989) is a retired Polish middle-distance runner, who specialized in the 800 metres. His achievements include a gold medal at the 2018 World Indoor Championships as well as silver medals at the 2014 World Indoor Championships, 2015 and 2017 World Championships in addition to multiple medals on European level. He twice competed at the Olympic Games, in 2012 and 2016, narrowly missing the final on both occasions.

Adam Kszczot
Adam Kszczot Birmingham 2018.jpg
Adam Kszczot in 2018
Personal information
Full nameAdam Piotr Kszczot
Born (1989-09-02) 2 September 1989 (age 33)
Opoczno, Poland
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Event(s)800 metres
ClubRKS Łódź
Coached byStanisław Jaszczak (–2012)
Zbigniew Król (2012–2019)
Tomasz Lewandowski (2019–)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 400 m: 46.51 (2011)
  • 800 m: 1:43.30 (2011)
  • Indoors
  • 800 m: 1:44.57i NR (2012)

Kszczot won 13 individual Polish titles (in- and outdoors, including two 1500 metres titles). He is the current Polish national record holder for the indoor 800 metres.

Personal lifeEdit

Kszczot was born and raised in Opoczno by his parents, mother Ewa - a former mathematics teacher and father Stanisław Kszczot, a carpenter. He has two sisters, Agata and Ewa. His older brother Jacek died at age 17 as a result of electric shock during agricultural work.[2] He graduated from the Lodz University of Technology in Management. In October 2014 he married Renata (nee Borkowska).[3] In October 2017 his wife gave birth to their son named Ignacy.


Kszczot reached the international level after competing in local and then national events. He won the bronze medal at the 2007 European Junior Championships, finished fourth at the 2008 World Junior Championships and won the 2009 European U23 Championships. He finished fourth at the 2009 European Indoor Championships and competed at the 2009 World Championships without reaching the final.

Kszczot won the bronze medal at the 2010 World Indoor Championships and the 2010 European Championships, as well as the gold at the 2011 European Indoor Championships. He reached the final at the 2011 World Championships, finishing sixth. His outdoor personal best is 1:43.30 minutes, achieved on 10 September 2011 in Rieti.

Kszczot broke Paweł Czapiewski's ten-year-old Polish indoor record at the 2012 Meeting Pas de Calais. His time of 1:44.57 made him the third fastest indoor runner ever after Wilson Kipketer and Yuriy Borzakovskiy. Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2012-02-15). With this result Kszczot went to the 2012 World Indoor Championships as a medal favourite. However, he finished a disappointing fourth. In his Olympic debut in London he placed third in his semifinal round, failing to qualify for the final.

He started well the 2013 season by successfully defending his title at the European Indoor Championships, the first man to do so in 42 years.

Adam Kszczot at the 2020 Golden Spike in Ostrava

On August 15, 2014 he won the men’s 800m final at the 2014 European Athletics Championships with a time of 1:44:15 after a blistering last 100m sprint.[4]

In 2017, he won the bronze medal in the men's 4 × 800 metres relay at the 2017 IAAF World Relays held in Nassau, Bahamas.[5] He won the silver medal in the 800 metres at the 2017 World Championships held in London.[6]

Kszczot celebrates a silver medal of the 2017 World Championships.

On March 3, 2018 Kszczot claimed his first title of World Indoor Champion in the 800 meters.[7] He controlled the final run, the pace of which was quite slow and won with a large advantage over American Drew Windle and Spanish Saúl Ordóñez. He dedicated his gold medal to his 5-month-old son Ignacy. In August, Kszczot added the European outdoor title at the event.


International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Poland
2007 European Junior Championships Hengelo, Netherlands 3rd 800 m 1:48.10
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 4th 800 m 1:47.91
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 4th 800 m 1:49.52
European U23 Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st 800 m 1:45.81
World Championships Berlin, Germany 14th (sf) 800 m 1:46.33
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 3rd 800 m 1:46.69
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 800 m 1:47.22
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st 800 m 1:47.87
European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 1st 800 m 1:46.71
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 6th 800 m 1:45.25
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 4th 800 m 1:49.16
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 12th (sf) 800 m 1:45.34
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 800 m 1:48.69
World Championships Moscow, Russia 12th (sf) 800 m 1:45.68
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 2nd 800 m 1:46.76
IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 2nd 4 × 800 m relay 7:08.69
6th Distance medley relay 15:05.70
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 1st 800 m 1:44.15
2015 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 2nd 4 × 800 m relay 7:09.98
4th Distance medley relay 9:24.07 AR
World Championships Beijing, China 2nd 800 m 1:46.08
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st 800 m 1:45.18
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 9th (sf) 800 m 1:44.70
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 1st 800 m 1:48.87
IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 3rd 4 × 800 m relay 7:18.74
World Championships London, United Kingdom 2nd 800 m 1:44.95
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 1st 800 m 1:47.47
Athletics World Cup London, United Kingdom 2nd 800 m 1:46.98
European Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 800 m 1:44.59
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 9th (sf) 800 m 1:45.22
2021 European Indoor Championships Toruń, Poland 4th 800 m 1:47.23

Circuit winsEdit


  1. ^ "World indoor champion Kszczot announces retirement". World Athletics. 2022-02-14. Retrieved 2022-02-15.
  2. ^ Mateusz Skwierawski (9 August 2017). "Adam Kszczot. Za kukurydzą w prawo". Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  3. ^ Piotr Bobakowski (9 August 2017). "Dzięki niej odrywa się od lekkoatletyki. Oto piękna żona Adama Kszczota". Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  4. ^ "ME: Kszczot mistrzem! Kuciapski srebrny!". TVP Sport. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Men's 4 × 800 metres relay" (PDF). 2017 IAAF World Relays. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 27, 2020. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "800 Metres Men - Final" (PDF). Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  7. ^ Marcin Górczyński (3 March 2018). "Halowe MŚ: Adam Kszczot doczekał się złota. Polak mistrzem na 800 m!". Retrieved 3 March 2018.

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