Robert Korzeniowski

Robert Marek Korzeniowski (born 30 July 1968) is a Polish former racewalker. He won four gold medals at the Summer Olympics and three at world championships. Korzeniowski is a three-peat winner of the 50 km walk at the Summer Olympics. He won 1996 in Atlanta, 2000 in Sydney, and 2004 in Athens. In addition, he became the first athlete to claim both the long distance and the short distance crown, when he won the 20 km title at the 2000 games.

Robert Korzeniowski
Robert Korzeniowski (2018).jpg
Personal information
Full nameRobert Marek Korzeniowski[1]
Born (1968-07-30) 30 July 1968 (age 52)[1]
Lubaczów, Poland[1]
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight60 kg (132 lb)[1]


Born in Lubaczów, Korzeniowski is the brother of fellow Olympic athlete, Sylwia Korzeniowska.[1] He won world championship titles in 1997, 2001, and 2003. He won two times a European Championship in Budapest 1998 and in Munich 2002. He is also the former world record holder in the 50 kilometers race. He retired after the 2004 Games and became actively involved in various roles at the International Olympic Committee. He was also the coach and mentor of former world record-holder Paquillo Fernández. Since 2005 he worked for the public Polish Television (TVP) as a chief of sport department and in 2007 he became a General Manager of TVP Sport, a new specialized channel in Poland. On 6 November 2009 he announced his resignation.

For his sport achievements, Korzeniowski received the Order of Polonia Restituta:
  Knight's Cross (5th Class) in 1996,
  Officer's Cross (4th Class) in 2000,
  Commander's Cross (3rd Class) in 2004.

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Poland
1987 European Junior Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 20 km walk DQ
1989 Universiade Duisburg, West Germany 6th 20 km walk 1:26:10
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 4th 20 km walk 1:23.47
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 10th 20 km walk 1:21:32
50 km walk DNF
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 20 km walk DNF
50 km walk DQ
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 2nd 5000 m walk 18:35.91
Universiade Buffalo, United States 1st 20 km walk 1:22:01
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 50 km walk DQ
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 5000 m walk DQ
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 20 km walk DQ
5th 50 km walk 3:45:57
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 50 km walk 3:45.57
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 8th 20 km walk 1:21:13
1st 50 km walk 3:43:30
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 1st 50 km walk 3:44:46
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 50 km walk 3:43:51
1999 World Race Walking Cup Mézidon-Canon, France 4th 20 km walk 1:20:52
World Championships Seville, Spain 50 km walk DQ
2000 European Race Walking Cup Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany 1st 20 km walk 1:18:29
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 1st 20 km walk 1:18:59 (OR)
1st 50 km walk 3:42:22
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st 50 km walk 3:42.08
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 2nd 20,000 m walk 1:19:52.0
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 1st 50 km walk 3:36:39 (WR)
2003 World Championships Paris, France 1st 50 km walk 3:36:03(WR)
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st 50 km walk 3:38:46

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Robert Korzeniowski". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 24 June 2015.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
  Valeriy Spitsyn
Men's 50 km walk world record holder
8 August 2002 – 2 December 2006
Succeeded by
  Nathan Deakes