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Szymon Jerzy Ziółkowski (pronounced [ˈʂɨmɔn ʑuwˈkɔfski]; born 1 July 1976 in Poznań) is a retired Polish hammer thrower and an Olympic gold medal winner from Sydney 2000. He also won two gold medals at the World Championships, the first in Edmonton 2001 with a career best throw of 83.38 metres, and the second in Helsinki 2005 after a retroactive disqualification of two Belarusians Tsikhan and Devyatovskyi in 2013.

Szymon Ziółkowski
Szymon Ziółkowski na 4. Mityngu im.Kamili Skolimowskiej.JPG
Szymon Ziółkowski in 2013.
Personal information
Nationality Poland
Born (1976-07-01) 1 July 1976 (age 43)
Poznań, Poland
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Weight120 kg (265 lb) (2012)
Event(s)Hammer throw
ClubAZS AWF Poznan

Before winning the 2000 Olympic gold medal he had won the gold medal at the 1994 World Junior Championships, finished tenth at the 1996 Olympic Games and fifth at the 1998 European Championships and competed at the 1995 and 1999 World Championships without reaching the final.

After the 2001 season three low-key seasons followed. He competed at the 2004 Olympic Games without reaching the final.

After the 2005 World Championships, he finished fifth at the 2006 European Championships, seventh at the 2007 World Championships and fifth at the 2008 Olympic Games. At the World Athletics Final he finished fifth in 2005, seventh in 2006 and eighth in 2007. In 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin he won silver medal with the result of 79.30m finishing 50 cm behind the Olympic champion of Beijing Primož Kozmus.

As of 2015, he is a member of the Sejm.

For his sport achievements, he received:
Knight's Cross Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (5th Class) in 2000.
Officer's Cross Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (4th Class) in 2009.

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