Piotr Malachowski

Athlete Profile

    Poland Poland
    7 JUN 1983
Piotr Malachowski in the discus at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
Discus Throw 71.84 Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion) 08 JUN 2013
Discus Throw (1.750kg) 60.46 Kingston (NS), JAM 18 JUL 2002

Progression - Outdoor

Discus Throw

Performance Place Date
2016 68.15 Warszawa 28 MAY
2015 68.29 Cetniewo (OPO) 01 AUG
2014 69.28 Halle 17 MAY
2013 71.84 Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion) 08 JUN
2012 68.94 Halle 19 MAY
2011 68.49 Szczecin 25 JUN
2010 69.83 Gateshead (International Stadium) 10 JUL
2009 69.15 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 19 AUG
2008 68.65 Sopot 27 JUL
2007 66.61 Kaunas 25 JUL
2006 66.21 Málaga 29 JUN
2005 64.74 Biala Podlaska 26 JUN
2004 62.40 Kraków 22 SEP
2003 57.83 Warszawa 06 SEP
2002 56.84 Bialystok 03 MAY
2001 54.19 Zielona Góra 19 MAY
2000 52.04 Ljubljana 23 SEP

Discus Throw (1.750kg)

Performance Place Date
2002 60.46 Kingston (NS), JAM 18 JUL

Honours - Discus Throw

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
15th IAAF World Championships 1 67.40 Beijing (National Stadium) 29 AUG 2015
14th IAAF World Championships 2 68.36 Moskva (Luzhniki) 13 AUG 2013
The XXX Olympic Games 5 67.19 London (Olympic Stadium) 07 AUG 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 9 63.37 Daegu (DS) 30 AUG 2011
1st IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup 2010 4 64.20 Split (Poljud Stadion) 05 SEP 2010
IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 3 65.60 Thessaloníki 12 SEP 2009
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 69.15 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 19 AUG 2009
6th IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 2 66.07 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 13 SEP 2008
The XXIX Olympic Games 2 67.82 Beijing (National Stadium) 19 AUG 2008
5th IAAF World Athletics Final 3 65.35 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 22 SEP 2007
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 12 60.77 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 28 AUG 2007
4th IAAF World Athletics Final 6 62.50 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 09 SEP 2006

Honours - Discus Throw (1.750kg)

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF/Coca Cola World Junior Championships 6 60.46 Kingston (NS), JAM 18 JUL 2002

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Updated 31 August 2010

Piotr MALACHOWSKI, Poland (Discus Throw)

Born 7 June 1983, Zhuromin
1.92m / 122 kg
Lives: Warsaw
Coach: Witold Suski
Club: Slask Wroclaw

Watch out for him not only during athletics competition because Piotr Malachowski has many talents. When the current top Discus throwers were already competing on the field, Malachowski had other extremely different roles, first being a firefighter in Biezhun, a small Mazovian town not far from Warsaw. Besides that, he appeared in concerts as a member of the firefighters’ orchestra, playing the trumpet.  Malachowski is probably not to be compared with the masters, like Louis Armstrong, but, no doubt, he can play well and it remains his main hobby.

After  having won the Olympic silver, in Beijing, and World Championships silver, in Berlin, Malachowski became a top sport personality in Poland. His victory at the European Championships 2010 in Barcelona confirmed he is a serious candidate for an Olympic gold in 2012.

On the domestic scene, however, Piotr has been overshadowed by the famous shot putter, Tomasz Majewski, who won golds at the Olympic Games, in Bejing, and at the European Indoor Championships 2009, in Turin.  They are very good friends, because both made the first steps in sport under the wings of Witold Suski, who coaches many top throwers in Poland. In 2009 Tomasz and Piotr  signed a lucrative sponsorship deal with Orlen, one of the biggest petrol companies in Poland. Orlen also contracted Hammer throw World record holder, Anita Wlodarczyk, and two 800 meters runners, Marcin Lewandowski and Adam Kszczot, some time later. All these athletes together made the Orlen Team.

As a young man, Malachowski was, for a short period, influenced by the criminal underground in Poland, but fortunately he left that company very quickly and started to practise the Discus as a member of the Slask military sport club in Wroclaw. He still lives in Warsaw, however.

Current European champion loves original Polish cuisine and, for that reason, he prefers to share his Warsaw flat with his sister, who is a master of cooking.  Only she can prepare the tasty pork chop called “schabowy” for him.  Because of that he dislikes going abroad and having to look for Polish tastes in foreign cuisines, which in most countries are not to be found anyway.

Malachowski performed at international level for the first time in March 2006, at the European Winter Throwing Cup in Tel Aviv. There he won with an impressive 65.01. His win that summer at the European Cup, in Malaga, was an important stage on the road to future victories. Shortly after that he made a good debut in the European Championships in Göteborg, placing sixth (64.57). One year later Piotr won again the European Cup competition in Munich.

Hopes that he would be highly placed at the 2007 World Championships, in Osaka, were in vain as the conditions were too hot for him. He felt bad and performed poorly, placing 12th with his worst result of the season (60.77).

During his preparations for the 2008 season, Malachowski injured his right shoulder and was unable to train regularly for more than half a year. Under the circumstances, he quit the hardest strength exercises. Ironically, the less he trained, the better he threw the discus, so his friends, in jest, advised him to stop training altogether. Malachowski attended all the training camps, however. Finally, he considered his injury to be forgotten.

During the training sessions he was throwing his two kilo discus up to 68-69 metres. But, in competition, Malachowski’s throws still remained three metres shorter until he made the long awaited breakthrough and set a national record of 68.65 during the Janusz Sidlo Memorial, in Sopot. It came at a timely moment, just two weeks before the Olympic Games in Beijing.

“The only barrier that earlier kept me from throwing the Discus so far remained in my mind - now the barrier is broken,” Malachowski said just after accomplishing the Discus masterpiece in the stadium, where 50 years earlier the legendary javelin thrower, Janusz Sidlo, was usually an unbeatable competitor.

While competing in Bejing, Piotr had no mental problems anymore. He threw 67.82 and that was enough to win the Olympic silver. After coming back from China the new Olympic hero attracted big media attention for the first time. 

In 2009 Poland celebrated the 50th anniversary of Edmund Piatkowski's 59.91 Discus World record and Malachowski wanted to win a World title on that special occasion. His dream almost came true in Berlin, but Germany’s Robert Harting finally won the competition. Nevertheless, Piotr was very satisfied. His preparations before the championships were seriously disturbed because of a finger injury and he was even advised by Witold Suski to stop competing and to stay home. Despite these problems, Malachowski went to Berlin, where he unexpectedly bettered the National record to 69.15 and grabbed silver.

There were no more injuries the following year, so the World vice-champion performed extremely well from the very beginning. He set a new National record of 69.83 in Gateshead and beat Robert Harting at the European Championships in Barcelona, winning his first international title. Three weeks later he added the IAAF Diamond League general win to his brilliant season’s collection.

In the meantime, Malachowski built a house in Biezhun, got a driving licence and a luxurious BMW car. He belongs to the Polska 2012 Club and receives 300 000 dollars a year from the Ministry of sport to pay all the costs of his pre-Olympic preparations.

His final purpose in 2010 is breaking the 70 meters barrier.

On the last day of the year Piotr will take part in the 10 kilometers road run in Brzoza, a small village near Bydgoszcz. And he wants to break yet another barrier there – the barrier of one hour.

Personal Bests
69.83 NR (2010)

Yearly Progression
2001: 54.19; 2002: 56.84; 2003: 57.83; 2004: 62.40; 2005: 64.74; 2006: 66.21; 2007: 66.61 NR; 2008: 68.65 NR; 2009: 69.15 NR; 2010: 69.83 NR

Career Highlights
2001    5th    European Junior Championships (Grosseto) 52.37
2002    6th     World Junior Championships (2002) 60.46
2003    9th      European Under-23 Championships (Bydgoszcz) 54.79
2005    2nd     European Under-23 Championships (Erfurt) 63.99
2006    1st     European Winter Cup (Tel Aviv) 65.01
2006    1st     European Cup, Super League (Malaga) 66.21 NR
2006    6th     European Championships (Göteborg) 64.57
2006    6th     World Athletic Final (Stuttgart) 62.50
2007    2nd     European Winter Cup (Yalta) 65.06
2007    1st     European Cup, Super League (Munich) 66.09
2007    12th     World Championships (Osaka) 60.77
2007    3rd     World Athletic Final (Stuttgart) 65.36
2007    1st     World Military Games (Hyderabad), 65.87
2008    3rd     European Cup, Super League (Annecy) 63.20
2008    2nd    Olympic Games (Beijing) 67.82
2008    2nd    World Athletics Final (Stuttgart) 66.07
2009    1st    World Military Games (Sofia) 64.94
2009    1st    European Team Championships, Super League (Leiria) 66.24
2009    2nd    World Championships (Berlin) 69.15
2009    3rd    World Athletics Final (Thessaloniki) 65.60
2010    2nd    European Team Championships, Super League (Bergen) 65.55
2010    1st    European Championships (Barcelona) 68.87
2010    1st    IAAF Diamond League Race final standings

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