Waldemar Baszanowski

Waldemar Romuald Baszanowski (15 August 1935 – 29 April 2011) was a Polish lightweight (-67.5 kg) weightlifter.[1] In 1969, he was chosen the Polish Sportspersonality of the Year.

Waldemar Baszanowski
Waldemar Baszanowski 1964.jpg
Baszanowski at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born15 August 1935
Grudziądz, Poland
Died29 April 2011 (aged 75)
Warsaw, Poland
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight64–67 kg (141–148 lb)
ClubAZS Warszawa
Medal record
Men's weightlifting
Representing  Poland
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 2 0 0
World Championships 5 5 0
European Championships 0 0 0
Total 8 7 0
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1964 Tokyo -67.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1968 Mexico City -67.5 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1961 Vienna -67.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1964 Tokyo -67.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1965 Tehran -67.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1968 Mexico -67.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1969 Warsaw -67.5 kg
Silver medal – second place 1962 Budapest -67.5 kg
Silver medal – second place 1963 Stockholm -67.5 kg
Silver medal – second place 1966 Budapest -75 kg
Silver medal – second place 1970 Columbus -67.5 kg
Silver medal – second place 1971 Lima -67.5 kg


Baszanowski was born in Grudziądz on 15 August 1935. A month after his 25th birthday he competed for the World Championships in his sport. He became over the course of the next ten years the most decorated lightweight weightlifter at international level in the first century of its widespread competition, the 20th century.[1]

Baszanowski set 24 world and 61 national records.[2][3] He won gold medals at the 1964 and 1968 Olympics, five world championships and five silver medals, giving him a total of 10 medals, more than any weightlifter in history (to date).

His first wife Anita was killed in a car accident in 1969, 8 July, in which he was the driver; Baszanowski and his son survived.[1]

In 1993 Baszanowski was inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.[4] In 1999, he became the President of the European Weightlifting Federation.

In 2007, Baszanowski fell off a tree in his garden, broke his back and was paralyzed from the neck down. After four years of immobility, he died in Warsaw at the age of 75 on 29 April 2011.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Waldemar Baszanowski". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ WALDEMAR BASZANOWSKI: Biography. chidlovski.net
  3. ^ Mała Encyklopedia Sportu. Warszawa: Sport i Turystyka. 1985. p. 64. ISBN 83-217-2518-X.
  4. ^ "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Waldemar Baszanowski at Wikimedia Commons

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Teodor Kocerka
Flagbearer for   Poland
1964 Tokyo, 1968 Mexico City, 1972 Munich
Succeeded by
Grzegorz Śledziewski