Updated 3 August 2008
Tomasz MAJEWSKI, Poland (Shot Put)
Born: 30 August 1981, Nasielsk
2.04m / 140kg
Coach: Henryk Olszewski
Club: AZS AWF Warszawa
After the Olympic champion Vladislav Komar (Munich 1972) and the World champion Edward Sarul (Helsinki 1983) Poland may have found its next shot put star in Tomasz Majewski, nicknamed the Silent Giant. He does not speak much but he is very efficient in his attempt to become a top competitor on the international scene.
Big Tom spent his childhood years in a small village near Ciechanów (Mazovia), one of the most important Polish cities in the Middle Ages. There is a long tradition of strong men in this region. Many Olympic medallists, World champions in weightlifting, and outstanding throwers come from there. Majewski was an exceptionally strong boy, helpful on the farm of his father, who in the era of modern agricultural machines was still using horses for transportation.
No one was surprised when his powerful son decided to practise the throwing events. In Ciechanów there were no facilities to develop such a talent, so Majewski quickly moved to Warsaw, where he found a permanent residence at the Physical Culture Academy and started training under the guidance of the best national Shot put coach, Henryk Olszewski, who also became a head coach in the national track and field federation some time later.
Majewski’s life horizon is not limited by sporting matters. He graduated from the Stefan Wyszynski Catholic Academy with a Masters degree in political science and dreams of becoming a journalist. His sweetheart is a student of the Physical Culture Academy. They live 50 metres from each other, so it is really convenient.
Entering the international stage with an impressive performance at the 2004 World Indoor Championships, in Budapest, Majewski took the fourth place, setting a national record 20,83. Later, he had a rare opportunity to compete at the ancient Olympics site in Olympia, where the original Olympic Games started in 776 B.C. Unfortunately, he failed to reach the final and returned home angry.
After having been defeated in Athens, Majewski focused on preparing for the next Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Gradually he approached the World’s podium and he finally climbed onto it at the 2008 World Indoor Championship, in Valencia. His third place there automatically made him a medal candidate for Bejing.
Shortly before leaving for China, Majewski was close to beating the American champions, Reese Hoffa and Adam Nelson, setting his personal best at 20.97 the London Grand Prix. After that he won the Shot Put at the Super Grand Prix in Monaco.
Majewski believes in his natural ability to better sporting achievements systematically and hopes that the Olympic Shot Put competition will not be affected by doping cases as it has been on many occasions in the past.
20.97 (2008); 20.93i NR (2008)
1998: 12.91; 1999: 15.77; 2000: 17.77; 2001: 18.34; 2002: 19.33; 2003:20.09; 2004: 20.52/20.83i; 2005: 20.64; 2006: 20.66; 2007: 20.87; 2008: 20.97
2003 4th European Cup (Florence) 20.09
2003 4th European Under-23 Championships (Bydgoszcz) 19.92
2003 5th World University Games (Daegu) 18.87
2004 4th World Indoor Championships (Budapest) 20.83
2004 4th European Cup, Super League (Bydgoszcz) 19.90
2004 q Olympic Games (Athens) 19.55
2005 q European Indoor Championships (Madrid) 19.57
2005 4th European Cup, Super League (Florence) 20.53
2005 9th World Championships (Helsinki) 20.23
2005 1st World University Games (Izmir) 20.60
2006 1st European Indoor Cup (Liévin) 20.60
2006 7th World Indoor Championships (Moscow) 20.07
2006 3rd European Winter Throws Cup (Tel Aviv) 20.26
2006 6th European Cup, Super League (Malaga) 19.83
2006 8th European Championships (Göteborg) 19.85
2006 7th World Athletics Final (Stuttgart) 20.13
2007 3rd European Cup, Super League (Munich) 19.93
2007 5th World Championships (Osaka) 20.87
2008 3rd World Indoor Championships (Valencia) 20.93
2008 2nd European Cup, Super League (Annecy) 20.32
Prepared by Maciej Petruczenko for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008