Jerzy Chromik

Jerzy Chromik (15 June 1931 in Mysłowice – 20 October 1987 in Katowice) was a foremost long-distance runner from Poland.

Jerzy Chromik
Personal information
Born(1931-05-06)6 May 1931
Mysłowice, Poland
Died20 August 1987(1987-08-20) (aged 57)
Katowice, Poland
Sportmiddle-distance running
Event(s)3000 metres steeplechase
Medal record


Chromik took eight national titles at long distances: 3000 m steeplechase (1952, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1962), 5000 m (1953), 10,000 m (1955).

He participated in three European Championships in Athletics in Bern (1954), Stockholm (1958), Belgrade (1962). He also took place in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne (1956), and the 17th Olympic Games in Rome (1960).

In 1955, Chromik won the 5.000 metres, ahead of Sándor Iharos, József Kovács, Emil Zátopek, and Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak, at the International Youth Festival in Warsaw. In 1955 and 1958, he won the 3000m in the Kusocinski Memorial in Warsaw. In the 1958 European Championship at Stockholm, he won gold medal at the 3000m steeplechase. In 1959, he won a Cross L'Humanité in Paris.

Chromik set the 3000m steeplechase world records with 8:41.2 in Brno (August 1955), 8:40.2 in Budapest (September 1955), and 8:32.0 in Warsaw (August 1958).


  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Jerzy Chromik". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 20 September 2011.
Preceded by Men's Steeplechase World Record Holder
31 August 1955 – 14 August 1956
Succeeded by
Preceded by Men's Steeplechase World Record Holder
2 August 1958 – 26 June 1960
Succeeded by