Poland at the Olympics

Poland first participated at the Olympic Games in 1924, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then, except for the 1984 Games, when they were part of the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics. Poland has also participated in every Winter Olympic Games.

Poland at the
Olympics
Flag of Poland.svg
IOC codePOL
NOCPolish Olympic Committee
Websitewww.olimpijski.pl (in Polish)
Medals
Ranked 23rd
Gold
79
Silver
96
Bronze
145
Total
320
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
 Austria (1908-1912)
 Russian Empire (1912)

Polish athletes have won a total of 320 medals: 79 gold, 96 silver, 145 bronze. Poland is the second most successful country in total medals (after Hungary) of those who have never hosted the Olympics.

Its most successful teams have been football and volleyball. Poland ranks fifth all-time in modern pentathlon, seventh in athletics, and has also been successful in weightlifting, martial arts and nordic skiing.

The Polish Olympic Committee was created in 1918 and recognized in 1919.[1]

HistoryEdit

Poland officially made its debut at the Olympics in 1924, however, Polish athletes did participate in earlier editions of the Olympic Games representing other nations. The first ever Olympic medal for Poland (silver) was won by track cyclists in team pursuit Franciszek Szymczyk, Jan Lazarski, Józef Lange and Tomasz Stankiewicz at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris while the first gold medal for Poland was won by discus thrower Halina Konopacka at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.[2] The first Polish sportsperson who individually won two Olympic medals (silver and bronze) was equestrian Michał Antoniewicz in 1928.

Poland won the largest number of medals (32) at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Poland boycotted the next Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles alongside another 13 Eastern Bloc countries in response to the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The most successful Polish Olympian to date is Irena Szewińska with seven Olympic medals altogether.[3] With four gold medals, Robert Korzeniowski is the most successful Polish Olympian in terms of the number of gold medals.[4]

Medal tablesEdit

Multiple medallistsEdit

Athlete Sport Olympics Gold Silver Bronze Total
Robert Korzeniowski   Athletics 1996–2004 4 0 0 4
Irena Szewińska   Athletics 1964–1976 3 2 2 7
Kamil Stoch   Ski jumping 2014–2018 3 0 1 4
Anita Włodarczyk   Athletics 2008–2020 3 0 0 3
Justyna Kowalczyk   Cross country skiing 2006–2014 2 1 2 5
Witold Woyda   Fencing 1964–1972 2 1 1 4
Renata Mauer   Shooting 1996–2000 2 0 1 3
Józef Szmidt   Athletics 1960–1964 2 0 0 2
Waldemar Baszanowski   Weightlifting 1964–1968 2 0 0 2
Jerzy Kulej   Boxing 1964–1968 2 0 0 2
Józef Zapędzki   Shooting 1968–1972 2 0 0 2
Waldemar Legień   Judo 1988–1992 2 0 0 2
Arkadiusz Skrzypaszek   Modern pentathlon 1992 2 0 0 2
Andrzej Wroński   Wrestling 1988–1996 2 0 0 2
Robert Sycz   Rowing 2000–2004 2 0 0 2
Tomasz Kucharski   Rowing 2000–2004 2 0 0 2
Tomasz Majewski   Athletics 2008–2012 2 0 0 2
Jerzy Pawłowski   Fencing 1956–1968 1 3 1 5
Otylia Jędrzejczak   Swimming 2000–2004 1 2 0 3
Teresa Ciepły   Athletics 1960–1964 1 1 1 3
Egon Franke   Fencing 1964–1968 1 1 1 3
Stanisława Walasiewicz   Athletics 1932–1936 1 1 0 2
Elżbieta Krzesińska   Athletics 1956–1960 1 1 0 2
Józef Grudzień   Boxing 1964–1968 1 1 0 2
Lesław Ćmikiewicz   Football 1972–1976 1 1 0 2
Kazimierz Deyna   Football 1972–1976 1 1 0 2
Jerzy Gorgoń   Football 1972–1976 1 1 0 2
Kazimierz Kmiecik   Football 1972–1976 1 1 0 2
Grzegorz Lato   Football 1972–1976 1 1 0 2
Zygmunt Maszczyk   Football 1972–1976 1 1 0 2
Antoni Szymanowski   Football 1972–1976 1 1 0 2
Bronisław Malinowski   Athletics 1976–1980 1 1 0 2
Tadeusz Ślusarski   Athletics 1976–1980 1 1 0 2
Jacek Wszoła   Athletics 1976–1980 1 1 0 2
Jan Kowalczyk   Equestrian 1980 1 1 0 2
Szymon Kołecki   Weightlifting 2000–2008 1 1 0 2
Iga Baumgart-Witan   Athletics 2020 1 1 0 2
Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik   Athletics 2020 1 1 0 2
Natalia Kaczmarek   Athletics 2020 1 1 0 2
Justyna Święty-Ersetic   Athletics 2020 1 1 0 2
Ireneusz Paliński   Weightlifting 1960–1964 1 0 1 2
Halina Górecka   Athletics 1960–1964 1 0 1 2
Marian Kasprzyk   Boxing 1960–1964 1 0 1 2
Ewa Kłobukowska   Athletics 1964 1 0 1 2
Lech Koziejowski   Fencing 1972–1980 1 0 1 2
Kazimierz Lipień   Wrestling 1972–1976 1 0 1 2
Jerzy Rybicki   Boxing 1976–1980 1 0 1 2
Mateusz Kusznierewicz   Sailing 1996–2004 1 0 1 2
Leszek Blanik   Gymnastics 2000–2008 1 0 1 2
Zbigniew Bródka   Speed skating 2014 1 0 1 2
Magdalena Fularczyk   Rowing 2012–2016 1 0 1 2
Wojciech Nowicki   Athletics 2016-2020 1 0 1 2
Adam Małysz   Ski jumping 2002–2010 0 3 1 4
Andrzej Piątkowski   Fencing 1956–1964 0 2 1 3
Ryszard Zub   Fencing 1956–1964 0 2 1 3
Wojciech Zabłocki   Fencing 1956–1964 0 2 1 3
Marian Kuszewski   Fencing 1956–1960 0 2 0 2
Artur Olech   Boxing 1964–1968 0 2 0 2
Stanisław Szozda   Cycling 1972–1976 0 2 0 2
Ryszard Szurkowski   Cycling 1972–1976 0 2 0 2
Piotr Małachowski   Athletics 2008–2016 0 2 0 2
Maja Włoszczowska   Cycling 2008–2016 0 2 0 2
Karolina Naja   Canoeing 2012–2020 0 1 3 4
Aneta Konieczna   Canoeing 2000–2008 0 1 2 3
Beata Mikołajczyk   Canoeing 2008–2016 0 1 2 3
Zbigniew Pietrzykowski   Boxing 1956–1964 0 1 2 3
Józef Tracz   Wrestling 1988–1996 0 1 2 3
Michał Antoniewicz   Equestrian 1928 0 1 1 2
Janusz Pawłowski   Judo 1980–1988 0 1 1 2
Marek Dopierała   Canoeing 1988 0 1 1 2
Marek Łbik   Canoeing 1988 0 1 1 2
Izabela Dylewska   Canoeing 1988–1992 0 1 1 2
Artur Partyka   Athletics 1992–1996 0 1 1 2
Sylwia Gruchała   Fencing 2000–2004 0 1 1 2
Agata Wróbel   Weightlifting 2000–2004 0 1 1 2
Katarzyna Bachleda-Curuś   Speed skating 2010–2014 0 1 1 2
Katarzyna Woźniak   Speed skating 2010–2014 0 1 1 2
Luiza Złotkowska   Speed skating 2010–2014 0 1 1 2
Agnieszka Kobus-Zawojska   Rowing 2016–2020 0 1 1 2
Maria Sajdak   Rowing 2016–2020 0 1 1 2
Anna Puławska   Canoeing 2020 0 1 1 2
Marian Zieliński   Weightlifting 1956–1968 0 0 3 3
Teodor Kocerka   Rowing 1952–1960 0 0 2 2
Krystyna Czajkowska   Volleyball 1964–1968 0 0 2 2
Krystyna Jakubowska   Volleyball 1964–1968 0 0 2 2
Krystyna Krupa   Volleyball 1964–1968 0 0 2 2
Jadwiga Książek   Volleyball 1964–1968 0 0 2 2
Józefa Ledwig   Volleyball 1964–1968 0 0 2 2
Zofia Szczęśniewska   Volleyball 1964–1968 0 0 2 2
Leszek Błażyński   Boxing 1972–1976 0 0 2 2
Janusz Gortat   Boxing 1972–1976 0 0 2 2
Beata Sokołowska-Kulesza   Canoeing 2000–2004 0 0 2 2

Flag bearersEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • "Poland". International Olympic Committee.
  • "Poland". Olympedia.com.
  • "Olympic Analytics/POL". olympanalyt.com.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History". Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Magazyn Olimpijski" (PDF) (in Polish). Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Irena Szewińska. Kim była? Lista rekordów i medali" (in Polish). Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Sukcesy sportowe - Robert Korzeniowski" (in Polish). Retrieved 30 April 2021.