Szymon Ziółkowski

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 a gold medal at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton with a career best throw of 83.38 metres, and two silvers at the 2005 and 2009 editions in Helsinki and Berlin respectively.

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 44)
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.

National honoursEdit

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

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Poland
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 1st 70.44 m
1995 European Junior Championships Nyíregyháza, Hungary 1st 75.42 m
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 22nd (q) 71.84 m
Universiade Fukuoka, Japan 9th 72.94 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 10th 76.64 m
1997 European U23 Championships Turku, Finland 2nd 73.68 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th 78.16 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 23rd (q) 74.12 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 1st 80.02 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st 83.38 m (CR, NR)
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 2nd 80.71 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 15th (q) 77.17 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 14th (q) 76.17 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 79.35 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 5th 78.97 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 7th 80.09 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 7th 79.22 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 2nd 79.30 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 5th 77.99 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 7th 77.64 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 76.67 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 7th 77.10 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 9th 76.84 m
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 5th 78.41 m