Kamila SKOLIMOWSKA

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Poland Poland
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    04 NOV 1982
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    134973
Kamila Skolimowska of Poland competes in the Women's Hammer Throw Final (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Hammer Throw 76.83 Doha (QAT) 11 MAY 2007

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2008

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Hammer Throw 73.50 Warszawa (POL) 15 JUN 2008

Outdoor

Hammer Throw

Performance Place Date
2008 73.50 Warszawa (POL) 15 JUN 2008
2007 76.83 Doha (QAT) 11 MAY 2007
2006 75.29 Athina (GRE) 17 SEP 2006
2005 74.27 Madrid (ESP) 16 JUL 2005
2004 72.57 Athina (GRE) 25 AUG 2004
2003 71.38 Bydgoszcz (POL) 20 JUL 2003
2002 72.60 Bydgoszcz (POL) 08 JUN 2002
2001 71.71 Melbourne (AUS) 09 SEP 2001
2000 71.16 Sydney (AUS) 29 SEP 2000
1999 66.62 Warszawa (POL) 12 JUN 1999
1998 62.72 Budapest (HUN) 21 AUG 1998
1997 63.48 Bydgoszcz (POL) 20 JUN 1997
1996 47.66 Pila (POL) 21 JUN 1996

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 71.16 Sydney (AUS) 29 SEP 2000
5. Hammer Throw 72.57 Athina (GRE) 25 AUG 2004

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. Hammer Throw 73.75 Osaka (JPN) 30 AUG 2007
4. Hammer Throw 68.05 Edmonton (CAN) 07 AUG 2001
6. Hammer Throw 68.96 Helsinki (FIN) 12 AUG 2005
8. Hammer Throw 68.39 Paris (FRA) 28 AUG 2003

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 75.29 Athina (GRE) 17 SEP 2006
5. Hammer Throw 65.24 Madrid (ESP) 21 SEP 2002

Honours - World U18 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 63.94 Bydgoszcz (POL) 18 JUL 1999

Honours - European Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Hammer Throw 72.46 München (GER) 09 AUG 2002
3. Hammer Throw 72.58 Göteborg (SWE) 08 AUG 2006
7. Hammer Throw 62.68 Budapest (HUN) 22 AUG 1998

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Hammer Throw 73.33 Stuttgart (GER) 09 SEP 2006
2. Hammer Throw 72.73 Szombathely (HUN) 03 SEP 2005
4. Hammer Throw 70.20 Stuttgart (GER) 22 SEP 2007
4. Hammer Throw 69.83 Szombathely (HUN) 05 SEP 2004
8. Hammer Throw 61.46 Szombathely (HUN) 07 SEP 2003

Honours - Grand Prix Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 71.71 Melbourne (AUS) 09 SEP 2001

Honours - Francophone Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 67.95 Ottawa (CAN) 22 JUL 2001

Honours - European Team Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 72.38 Firenze (ITA) 19 JUN 2005
2. Hammer Throw 68.16 Málaga (ESP) 29 JUN 2006

Honours - European Team Championships 1st League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 64.47 Vaasa (FIN) 24 JUN 2001
1. Hammer Throw 57.74 Praha (CZE) 08 JUN 1997

Honours - World University Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 72.75 Izmir (TUR) 16 AUG 2005

Honours - European U23 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 71.38 Bydgoszcz (POL) 20 JUL 2003

Honours - European U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 59.72 Ljubljana (SLO) 26 JUL 1997

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 71.71 Szczecin (POL) 05 JUL 2008
1. Hammer Throw 71.90 Poznan (POL) 01 JUL 2007
1. Hammer Throw 71.34 Bydgoszcz (POL) 22 JUL 2006
1. Hammer Throw 72.43 Biala Podlaska (POL) 25 JUN 2005
1. Hammer Throw 71.51 Bydgoszcz (POL) 02 JUL 2004
1. Hammer Throw 65.07 Bielsko-Biala (POL) 04 JUL 2003
1. Hammer Throw 66.15 Szczecin (POL) 20 JUL 2002
1. Hammer Throw 68.12 Bydgoszcz (POL) 29 JUN 2001
1. Hammer Throw 66.20 Kraków (POL) 04 AUG 2000
1. Hammer Throw 66.05 Kraków (POL) 02 JUL 1999
1. Hammer Throw 63.48 Bydgoszcz (POL) 20 JUN 1997
Results in:

Hammer Throw

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
09 MAY 2008 Doha Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix QATQAT A F 1. 72.96
24 MAY 2008 Halle Hallesche Erdgas - Werfertage 2008 GERGER E F1 2. 70.75
31 MAY 2008 New York Reebok Grand Prix USAUSA B F 4. 62.33
11 JUN 2008 Ostrava Golden Spike CZECZE B F 4. 70.50
15 JUN 2008 Warsaw Janusz Kusocinski Memorial POLPOL C F 1. 73.50
22 JUN 2008 Annecy SPAR European Cup FRAFRA B F 4. 71.07
05 JUL 2008 Szczecin Polish Ch. POLPOL B F 1. 71.71
25 JUL 2008 Dublin Morton Memorial Meeting IRLIRL E F 71.56
30 JUL 2008 Bielsko-Biala Beskidianathletic POLPOL E F 1. 71.13
18 AUG 2008 Beijing Olympic Games CHNCHN OW Q2 5. 69.79
20 AUG 2008 Beijing Olympic Games CHNCHN OW F NM


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Updated 3 August 2008

Kamila SKOLIMOWSKA, Poland (Hammer Throw)

Born 4 November 1982, Warsaw
1.80m / 105 kg
Lives: Warsaw
Coach: Pyotr Zaytsau  (Belarus)
Club: Skra Warszawa

By the age of only 18, Kamila Skolimowska had already secured her future pension. How did she do it? By executing just one very good Hammer throw at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Once the result of 71.16m was officially announced, no more procedures were needed.
 
The International Olympic Committee awarded Skolimowska a gold medal and, when she is 35, she will be able to get a pension resulting from a special regulation which exists in Poland. Fortunately, Skolimowska does not need any pension yet.  She still earns from throwing a hammer. Besides that, she has already started her new job as a policewoman and works in the police station in Piaseczno, near Warsaw.
 
Kamila’s father, Robert Skolimowski, was a super heavyweight athlete, winning weightlifting bronze medals at the 1986 World Championships and Goodwill Games, and finishing seventh in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, . Three decades ago he was considered one of the strongest men in the world. Her mother, Teresa Wenta, played handball in the top division of the National League, being also very strong.

The daughter of such an exceptional couple followed their example. First, she tried rowing then switched to Hammer throwing, which was a newly introduced female athletics event. Fifteen years after Skolimowski won his Goodwill Games bronze, his daughter took Goodwill Games gold, in the Hammer in Brisbane.

In 1996, Skolimowska became youngest ever national champion and record holder at the age of 13. Her very first guru was Zbigniew Palyszko, who coached Kamila and his son Maciej together. After having won gold in Sydney, Skolimowska became one of the most recognised sports personalities in Poland, interviewed by all the media. The city of Warsaw offered her a complimentary apartment.

Skolimowska graduated in economics at the Warsaw University and began a new life as a self-made woman. She escaped from under the wings of Palyszko. Czeslaw Cybulski, who became her new coach, also trained the 2000 Olympic men’s champion in the Hammer Throw, Szymon Ziolkowski.

Both Sydney winners were very glad to work as training partners.  But nothing lasts forever. In 2004, Cybulski unexpectedly resigned from his post in the national athletics federation, leaving the two champions without a trainer. Cybulski was replaced by Piotr Zaytsau (in the former transcription: Pyotr Zaytsev).
 
Under the new coach, Skolimowska improved her personal best year by year but remained mainly unsuccessful at the championships, with the exception of the 2006 European Championships, in Göteborg, where she won a bronze medal. Skolimowska still has many problems with her technique and struggles to keep her weight down. Nevertheless, she remains capable of executing a surprising throw to win another Olympic gold at Beijing 2008.


Personal Bests

76.83 (2007)

Yearly Progression

1996: 47.66; 1997: 63.48; 1998: 67.72; 1999: 66.62; 2000: 71.16; 2001: 71.71; 2002: 72.60; 2003: 71.38; 2004: 72.57; 2005: 74.27; 2006: 75.29; 2007: 76.83; 2008: 73.50


Career Highlights

1997 1st  European Junior Championships (Ljubljana)  59.72
1998 7th  European Championships (Budapest)   62.68
1999 1st  World Youth Championships (Bydgoszcz)  63.94
2000 1st  Olympic Games (Sydney)     71.16
2001 4th  World Championships (Edmonton)   68.05
 1st  Goodwill Games (Brisbane)    70.31
2002 2nd  European Championships (Munich)   72.46
 5th   World Cup (Madrid)     65.24
2003 8th  World Championships (Paris)    68.39
 1st  European Under-23 Championships   71.38
2004 5th  Olympic Games (Sydney)     72.57
2005 7th  World Championships (Helsinki)    68.96
 1st  World University Games (Izmir)    72.75
2006 3rd  European Championships (Göteborg)   72.58
 1st  World Cup (Athens)     75.29
2007 4th  World Championships (Osaka)    73.75


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

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