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Zbigniew Jan Pietrzykowski (4 October 1934 – 19 May 2014) was a Polish boxer.[1][2]

Zbigniew Pietrzykowski
Zbigniew Pietrzykowski.jpg
Pietrzykowski in 2007
Personal information
Born(1934-10-04)4 October 1934
Bestwinka, Poland
Died19 May 2014(2014-05-19) (aged 79)
Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals1956, 1960, 1964

Three times he took part in the Olympic Games, every time winning a medal. He won a bronze medal at Melbourne 1956 in the light middleweight division, after losing in the semi-final to Hungarian László Papp. Four years later in Rome, he reached the final of the light heavyweight division, where he lost to future heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay). Finally, he won a bronze medal in Tokyo in 1964, in the light heavyweight division (defeated by Russian Aleksei Kiselyov).

He participated five times at the European Amateur Boxing Championships and won five medals: a bronze in the light middleweight division at Warsaw 1953, and then four gold medals: at West Berlin 1955 in the light middleweight division, at Prague 1957 in the middleweight division, and at Lucerne 1959 and at Moscow 1963 in the light heavyweight division.

Eleven times he won the championship of Poland: in the light middleweight division in 1954, 1955 and 1956, in the middleweight division in 1957 and in the light heavyweight division in 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965.

Pietrzykowski was also a champion in relation to his performances in the national Polish team. He fought 44 times, winning 42 times and losing twice. In his career, he fought 350 fights; he won 334, drew 2 and lost 14.

Pietrzykowski was the first winner of the Aleksander Reksza Boxing Award in 1986.[3]

1960 Olympic resultsEdit

Below are the results of Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland who competed as a light heavyweight boxer at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome:

  • Round of 32: defeated Carl Crawford (British Guiana) on points, 5-0
  • Round of 16: defeated Emil Willer (Germany) on points, 5-0
  • Quarterfinal: defeated Petar Spassov (Bulgaria) on points, 5-0
  • Semifinal: defeated Giulio Saraudi (Italy) on points, 5-0
  • Final: lost to Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) (USA) on points, 0-5 (was awarded the silver medal)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  2. ^ "Zbigniew Pietrzykowski, trzykrotny medalista olimpijski w boksie, nie żyje" (in Polish). Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  3. ^ Aleksander Reksza Boxing Award

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