Szymon ZIÓŁKOWSKI

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Poland Poland
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    01 JUL 1976
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    20275
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)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Hammer Throw 83.38 Edmonton (CAN) 05 AUG 2001

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
35libs Weight 21.10 Bydgoszcz (POL) 31 JAN 2014

Latest Active Season: 2015

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Hammer Throw 73.15 Praha (CZE) 08 JUN 2015

Outdoor

Hammer Throw

Performance Place Date
2015 73.15 Praha (CZE) 08 JUN 2015
2014 78.41 Zürich (SUI) 16 AUG 2014
2013 78.79 Szczecin (POL) 15 JUN 2013
2012 78.51 Forbach (FRA) 27 MAY 2012
2011 79.02 Castres (FRA) 19 JUL 2011
2010 77.99 Barcelona (ESP) 28 JUL 2010
2009 79.30 Berlin (GER) 17 AUG 2009
2008 79.55 Beijing (CHN) 15 AUG 2008
2007 80.70 Bydgoszcz (POL) 10 JUN 2007
2006 82.31 Nikiti (GRE) 15 JUL 2006
2005 79.35 Helsinki (FIN) 08 AUG 2005
2004 79.41 Warszawa (POL) 13 JUN 2004
2003 76.97 Poznan (POL) 24 MAY 2003
2002 79.78 Athina (GRE) 10 JUN 2002
2001 83.38 Edmonton (CAN) 05 AUG 2001
2000 81.42 Warszawa (POL) 19 AUG 2000
1999 79.01 Zielen (POL) 02 OCT 1999
1998 79.58 Białystok (POL) 25 AUG 1998
1997 79.14 Poznan (POL) 24 MAY 1997
1996 79.52 Nice (FRA) 10 JUL 1996
1995 75.42 Nyíregyháza (HUN) 30 JUL 1995
1994 72.48 Warszawa (POL) 11 JUN 1994
1993 62.42 San Sebastián (ESP) 31 JUL 1993

Indoor

35libs Weight

Performance Place Date
2013/14 21.10 Bydgoszcz (POL) 31 JAN 2014

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 80.02 Sydney (AUS) 24 SEP 2000
6. Hammer Throw 77.10 London (GBR) 05 AUG 2012
7. Hammer Throw 79.22 Beijing (CHN) 17 AUG 2008

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 83.38 Edmonton (CAN) 05 AUG 2001
2. Hammer Throw 79.30 Berlin (GER) 17 AUG 2009
2. Hammer Throw 79.35 Helsinki (FIN) 08 AUG 2005
7. Hammer Throw 77.64 Daegu (KOR) 29 AUG 2011
7. Hammer Throw 80.09 Osaka (JPN) 27 AUG 2007

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 70.44 Lisboa (POR) 23 JUL 1994

Honours - European Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Hammer Throw 76.67 Helsinki (FIN) 30 JUN 2012
4. Hammer Throw 78.97 Göteborg (SWE) 12 AUG 2006
5. Hammer Throw 78.41 Zürich (SUI) 16 AUG 2014
5. Hammer Throw 77.99 Barcelona (ESP) 28 JUL 2010
5. Hammer Throw 78.16 Budapest (HUN) 19 AUG 1998

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. Hammer Throw 75.33 Stuttgart (GER) 14 SEP 2008
4. Hammer Throw 77.49 Szombathely (HUN) 03 SEP 2005
6. Hammer Throw 76.96 Thessaloniki (GRE) 13 SEP 2009
7. Hammer Throw 77.44 Stuttgart (GER) 10 SEP 2006
8. Hammer Throw 74.54 Stuttgart (GER) 23 SEP 2007

Honours - Francophone Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 79.89 Ottawa (CAN) 20 JUL 2001

Honours - European Team Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 79.26 Annecy (FRA) 21 JUN 2008
1. Hammer Throw 77.99 München (GER) 23 JUN 2007
1. Hammer Throw 79.31 Málaga (ESP) 28 JUN 2006
1. Hammer Throw 79.14 Firenze (ITA) 17 JUN 2005
1. Hammer Throw 77.27 Bydgoszcz (POL) 19 JUN 2004
1. Hammer Throw 80.87 Bremen (GER) 23 JUN 2001
2. Hammer Throw 78.01 Leiria (POR) 20 JUN 2009
2. Hammer Throw 78.67 Paris (FRA) 19 JUN 1999

Honours - European Team Championships 1st League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 79.66 Bydgoszcz (POL) 08 JUL 2000
1. Hammer Throw 74.78 Praha (CZE) 07 JUN 1997
1. Hammer Throw 77.22 Bergen (NOR) 29 JUN 1996

Honours - European U23 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Hammer Throw 73.68 Turku (FIN) 11 JUL 1997

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 77.74 Toruń (POL) 20 JUL 2013
1. Hammer Throw 78.79 Bydgoszcz (POL) 12 AUG 2011
1. Hammer Throw 77.11 Bydgoszcz (POL) 02 AUG 2009
1. Hammer Throw 77.66 Szczecin (POL) 06 JUL 2008
1. Hammer Throw 76.80 Poznan (POL) 30 JUN 2007
1. Hammer Throw 80.67 Bydgoszcz (POL) 23 JUL 2006
1. Hammer Throw 77.75 Biala Podlaska (POL) 26 JUN 2005
1. Hammer Throw 73.63 Bydgoszcz (POL) 03 JUL 2004
1. Hammer Throw 77.80 Szczecin (POL) 20 JUL 2002
1. Hammer Throw 81.34 Bydgoszcz (POL) 01 JUL 2001
1. Hammer Throw 80.39 Kraków (POL) 06 AUG 2000
1. Hammer Throw 76.12 Kraków (POL) 03 JUL 1999
1. Hammer Throw 77.42 Bydgoszcz (POL) 21 JUN 1997
Results in:

Hammer Throw

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
06 JUN 2015 Florø Norwegian Grand Prix NORNOR E F 1. 72.82
08 JUN 2015 Praha Josef Odložil Memorial CZECZE C F 6. 73.15
10 JUN 2015 Huelva Meeting Iberoamericano de Atletismo ESPESP D F 2. 72.53
25 JUN 2015 Turku Paavo Nurmi Games FINFIN B F 10. 68.69
07 JUL 2015 Székesfehérvár Gyulai István Memorial - Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix HUNHUN B F 10. 67.71


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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