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Jozef Pribilinec (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjɔzɛf ˈprɪbɪlɪɲɛts]) (born 6 July 1960) is a Slovak track and field athlete who mainly competed in racewalking. He was born in Kremnica. Pribilinec competed for the former Czechoslovakia at the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea where he won the gold medal in the men's 20 kilometre walk event.[1]

Jozef Pribilinec
Personal information
Born6 July 1960

He represented Czechoslovakia for most of his career and in addition to his Olympic gold, won two silver medals at the World Championships in Athletics (1983 and 1987) and one gold and one silver at the European Athletics Championships for his country. He was a two-time champion at the European Athletics Indoor Championships, winning in 1987 and 1988 over distances of 3000 m and 5000 m, respectively. He was a four-time participant at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup and his best performance was a win over 20 km at the 1983 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, becoming his country's first victor at the competition. He had previously shown his developing talent as a youngster with a win at the 1979 European Athletics Junior Championships.[2]

His personal best time of 1:19:30 hours for the 20 km race was a world record from 24 September 1983 to 3 May 1987. This continued a tradition of Czechoslovak record holders, following in the steps of Václav Balšán and Josef Doležal.[3]

Before retiring, he represented Slovakia at the 1993 World Championships in Athletics, placing 17th in the men's 20 km walk.[4]


  1. ^ Jozef Pribilinec. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2015-02-01.
  2. ^ European Junior Championships 1979 Archived 2013-10-15 at the Wayback Machine. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2015-02-01.
  3. ^ Butler, Mark, ed. (2011). 13th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Daegu 2011 (PDF). Monako: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. p. 615. Archived from the original (pdf) on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  4. ^ Jozef Pribilinec. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-02-01.
Preceded by
Domingo Colin
Men's 20 km Walk World Record Holder
24 September 1983 – 3 May 1987
Succeeded by
Carlos Mercenario