Szymon Ziolkowski of Poland competes during the Men's Hammer Throw qualification on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 (Getty Images)
Szymon Ziolkowski of Poland competes during the Men's Hammer Throw qualification on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 (Getty Images)
  • COUNTRY Poland Poland
  • DATE OF BIRTH 1 JUL 1976


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Updated 3 August 2008

Szymon ZIOLKOWSKI, Poland (Hammer Throw)

Born 1 July, 1976, Poznan
1.90m / 125kg
Lives: Wroclaw
Coaches: Krzysztof Kaliszewski, Henryk Olszewski
Club: AZS Poznan

At the age of 18, in Lisbon in 1994, Szymon Ziolkowski became a World Junior champion in the Hammer Throw, although he placed only second on the day. He gained the title some months later, when the winner, Vladislav Piskunov, of Ukraine, was disqualified as a doping offender.

It was not easy for the young Pole to compete with the strong group of throwers representing the former Soviet republics but he was trying to advance in the international hierarchy step by step, remaining under the wings of an experienced coach, Czeslaw Cybulski, in Poznan.
 
Before this team started working together, Cybulski had already been a mentor to Szymon’s father and instructed him how to throw the Hammer. At the very beginning, Szymon made progress as a Hammer thrower but he was unable to break the 80 metres barrier. He broke it, at last, in 2000 and surprisingly became an Olympic champion in Sydney, where the Polish woman Hammer thrower, Kamila Skolimowska, celebrated victory too.
 
The following year, Ziolkowski proved that he had not won the Olympic title in Australia by accident. This powerful athlete won gold at the World Championships, in Edmonton, with the national record 83.38, beating the Japanese rising star, Koji Murofushi.

After a disagreement, Ziolkowski and Cybulski separated in 2004. The Polish Athletic Federation immediately contracted a specialist from Belarus, Pyotr Zaytsau, who became the national Hammer Throw coach, taking care of both Ziolkowski and Skolimowska.

Zaytsau made Ziolkowski do a lot of strength exercises and the athlete lost his former perfect technique. He was very lucky to win the bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships, in Helsinki. He lost the lead position in his event, became completely disappointed with his achievements and, having said “goodbye” to Cybulski, he separated wfrom his Belarusian coach in May 2008.

Ziolkowski suffered serious knee injuries but there were additional reasons – family complications - for his inferior results. After his marriage had unexpectedly broken up, he moved from Poznan to Wroclaw, where he found a girlfriend. Finding a good Hammer Throw coach there, however, is simply impossible. In the meantime, he consults Krzysztof Kaliszewski and Henryk Olszewski, head coach at the Polish federation. But, as Ziolkowski lives in Wroclaw and Olszewski in Warsaw, the trio meets only from time to time.

Personal Bests

83.38 NR (2001)


Yearly Progression

1991: 55.96; 1992: 63.84; 1993: 67.34; 1994: 72.48; 1995: 75.42; 1996: 79.52; 1997: 79.14; 1998: 79.58; 1999: 79.01; 2000: 81.42; 2001: 83.38; 2002: 79.78; 2003: 76.97; 2004: 79.41; 2005: 79.35; 2006: 82.31; 2007: 80.70 2008: 79.26


Career Highlights

1993 7th European Junior Championships (San Sebastian)  62.42
1994 1st  World Junior Championships (Lisbon)    70.44
1995   1st  European Junior Championships (Nyiregyhaza)  75.42
        q  World Championships (Göteborg)    71.84
1996 10th  Olympic Games (Atlanta)      76.64
1997 1st  European Cup, First League (Prague)    74.78
 2nd  European Under-23 Championships (Turku)   73.68
1998 5th  European Championships (Budapest)    78.16
1999 q   World Championships (Sevilla)     74.12
2000 1st  Olympic Games (Sydney)      80.02
2001  1st  European Cup, Super  League (Bremen)  80.87
 1st  World Championships (Edmonton)    83.38 NR
 2nd  Goodwill Games (Brisbane)     80.71
2002 q  European Championships (Munich)    77.17
2004 1st European Cup, Super League (Bydgoszcz)   77.27
           q  Olympic Games (Athens)      76.17
2005 1st  European Cup, Super League (Florence)   79.14
           3rd  World Championships (Helsinki)     79.35
    5th  World Athletics Final (Szombathely)    77.49
2006  1st  European Winter Cup Throwing (Tel Aviv)   79.04
  1st  European Cup, Super League (Malaga)    79.31
  5th  European Championships (Göteborg)    78.97
 7th  World Athletics Final (Stuttgart)     77.44
2007  1st  European Cup, Super League (Munich)    77.99
          7th  World Championships (Osaka)     80.09
          8th  World Athletics Final (Stuttgart)     74.54
2008  1st  European Cup, Super League (Annecy)    79.26


Prepared by Maciej Petruczenko for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
Shot Put 15.25 01 JAN 1995
Discus Throw 49.44 01 JAN 1997
Hammer Throw 83.38 Edmonton 05 AUG 2001
Personal Best - Indoor
Performance Wind Place Date
35libs Weight 21.10 Bydgoszcz 31 JAN 2014
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
Shot Put Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
1995 15.25 01 JAN
Discus Throw Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
1997 49.44 01 JAN
Hammer Throw Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 78.41 Zürich (Letzigrund) 16 AUG
2013 78.79 Szczecin 15 JUN
2012 78.51 Forbach 27 MAY
2011 79.02 Castres 19 JUL
2010 77.99 Barcelona (O) 28 JUL
2009 79.30 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 17 AUG
2008 79.55 Beijing (National Stadium) 15 AUG
2007 80.70 Bydgoszcz 10 JUN
2006 82.31 Nikíti 15 JUL
2005 79.35 Helsinki 08 AUG
2004 79.41 Warszawa 13 JUN
2003 76.97 Poznan 24 MAY
2002 79.78 Athína 10 JUN
2001 83.38 Edmonton 05 AUG
2000 81.42 Warszawa 20 AUG
1999 79.01 Skórcz 02 OCT
1998 79.58 Bialystok 25 AUG
1997 79.14 Poznan 24 MAY
1996 79.52 Nice 10 JUL
1995 75.42 Nyíregyháza 30 JUL
1994 72.48 Warszawa 11 JUN
1993 67.34 01 JAN
1992 63.84 01 JAN
1991 55.96 01 JAN
Progression - Indoor showShow All Graphs
35libs Weight Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 21.10 Bydgoszcz 31 JAN
Honours - Hammer Throw
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
14th IAAF World Championships 9 76.84 Moskva (Luzhniki) 12 AUG 2013
The XXX Olympic Games 7 77.10 London (OP) 05 AUG 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 7 77.64 Daegu 29 AUG 2011
IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 6 76.96 Thessaloníki 13 SEP 2009
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 79.30 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 17 AUG 2009
6th IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 4 75.33 Stuttgart 14 SEP 2008
The XXIX Olympic Games 7 79.22 Beijing (National Stadium) 17 AUG 2008
5th IAAF World Athletics Final 8 74.54 Stuttgart 23 SEP 2007
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 7 80.09 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 27 AUG 2007
4th IAAF World Athletics Final 7 77.44 Stuttgart 10 SEP 2006
3rd IAAF World Athletics Final - Hammer Throw 5 77.49 Szombathely 03 SEP 2005
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 3 79.35 Helsinki 08 AUG 2005
28th Olympic Games 5q1 76.17 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 20 AUG 2004
8th IAAF World Championships 1 83.38 Edmonton 05 AUG 2001
27th Olympic Games 1 80.02 Sydney 24 SEP 2000
7th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 12q1 74.12 Sevilla 21 AUG 1999
XXVI Olympic Games 10 76.64 Atlanta, GA 28 JUL 1996
5th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 11q1 71.84 Göteborg (Ullevi Stadium) 05 AUG 1995
5th IAAF World Junior Championships 1 70.44 Lisboa 23 JUL 1994


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Updated 3 August 2008

Szymon ZIOLKOWSKI, Poland (Hammer Throw)

Born 1 July, 1976, Poznan
1.90m / 125kg
Lives: Wroclaw
Coaches: Krzysztof Kaliszewski, Henryk Olszewski
Club: AZS Poznan

At the age of 18, in Lisbon in 1994, Szymon Ziolkowski became a World Junior champion in the Hammer Throw, although he placed only second on the day. He gained the title some months later, when the winner, Vladislav Piskunov, of Ukraine, was disqualified as a doping offender.

It was not easy for the young Pole to compete with the strong group of throwers representing the former Soviet republics but he was trying to advance in the international hierarchy step by step, remaining under the wings of an experienced coach, Czeslaw Cybulski, in Poznan.
 
Before this team started working together, Cybulski had already been a mentor to Szymon’s father and instructed him how to throw the Hammer. At the very beginning, Szymon made progress as a Hammer thrower but he was unable to break the 80 metres barrier. He broke it, at last, in 2000 and surprisingly became an Olympic champion in Sydney, where the Polish woman Hammer thrower, Kamila Skolimowska, celebrated victory too.
 
The following year, Ziolkowski proved that he had not won the Olympic title in Australia by accident. This powerful athlete won gold at the World Championships, in Edmonton, with the national record 83.38, beating the Japanese rising star, Koji Murofushi.

After a disagreement, Ziolkowski and Cybulski separated in 2004. The Polish Athletic Federation immediately contracted a specialist from Belarus, Pyotr Zaytsau, who became the national Hammer Throw coach, taking care of both Ziolkowski and Skolimowska.

Zaytsau made Ziolkowski do a lot of strength exercises and the athlete lost his former perfect technique. He was very lucky to win the bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships, in Helsinki. He lost the lead position in his event, became completely disappointed with his achievements and, having said “goodbye” to Cybulski, he separated wfrom his Belarusian coach in May 2008.

Ziolkowski suffered serious knee injuries but there were additional reasons – family complications - for his inferior results. After his marriage had unexpectedly broken up, he moved from Poznan to Wroclaw, where he found a girlfriend. Finding a good Hammer Throw coach there, however, is simply impossible. In the meantime, he consults Krzysztof Kaliszewski and Henryk Olszewski, head coach at the Polish federation. But, as Ziolkowski lives in Wroclaw and Olszewski in Warsaw, the trio meets only from time to time.

Personal Bests

83.38 NR (2001)


Yearly Progression

1991: 55.96; 1992: 63.84; 1993: 67.34; 1994: 72.48; 1995: 75.42; 1996: 79.52; 1997: 79.14; 1998: 79.58; 1999: 79.01; 2000: 81.42; 2001: 83.38; 2002: 79.78; 2003: 76.97; 2004: 79.41; 2005: 79.35; 2006: 82.31; 2007: 80.70 2008: 79.26


Career Highlights

1993 7th European Junior Championships (San Sebastian)  62.42
1994 1st  World Junior Championships (Lisbon)    70.44
1995   1st  European Junior Championships (Nyiregyhaza)  75.42
        q  World Championships (Göteborg)    71.84
1996 10th  Olympic Games (Atlanta)      76.64
1997 1st  European Cup, First League (Prague)    74.78
 2nd  European Under-23 Championships (Turku)   73.68
1998 5th  European Championships (Budapest)    78.16
1999 q   World Championships (Sevilla)     74.12
2000 1st  Olympic Games (Sydney)      80.02
2001  1st  European Cup, Super  League (Bremen)  80.87
 1st  World Championships (Edmonton)    83.38 NR
 2nd  Goodwill Games (Brisbane)     80.71
2002 q  European Championships (Munich)    77.17
2004 1st European Cup, Super League (Bydgoszcz)   77.27
           q  Olympic Games (Athens)      76.17
2005 1st  European Cup, Super League (Florence)   79.14
           3rd  World Championships (Helsinki)     79.35
    5th  World Athletics Final (Szombathely)    77.49
2006  1st  European Winter Cup Throwing (Tel Aviv)   79.04
  1st  European Cup, Super League (Malaga)    79.31
  5th  European Championships (Göteborg)    78.97
 7th  World Athletics Final (Stuttgart)     77.44
2007  1st  European Cup, Super League (Munich)    77.99
          7th  World Championships (Osaka)     80.09
          8th  World Athletics Final (Stuttgart)     74.54
2008  1st  European Cup, Super League (Annecy)    79.26


Prepared by Maciej Petruczenko for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008