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Józef Szmidt

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Józef Szmidt

Józef Szmidt
Personal information
Born (1935-03-28) 28 March 1935
Miechowitz, Germany (now Miechowice in Bytom, Poland)

Józef Szmidt (born March 28, 1935 in Miechowitz, Beuthen, Province of Upper Silesia, Germany as Josef Schmidt) is a former Polish athlete.

With a jump of 17,03 in 1960, Szmidt was the first triple jumper to reach 17 metres.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Szmidt, a mechanic by profession, was the world's leading triple jumper in the early 1960s, becoming European champion in 1958 and 1962, and Olympic champion in 1960 and 1964. The two latter years he was awarded the Sportsman of the Year prize in Poland. In 1975 Szmidt settled in West Germany, but returned to Poland in 1992. He is the brother of track and field athlete Edward Szmidt, who competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics.

See also


  1. ^ "Triplo, una storia italiana" (in Italian). Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

External links

Preceded by
 Oleg Fyodoseyev (URS)
Men's Triple Jump World Record Holder
1960-08-05 – 1968-10-16
Succeeded by
 Giuseppe Gentile (ITA)
Preceded by
Edmund Piątkowski
Polish Sportspersonality of the Year
Succeeded by
Ireneusz Paliński
Preceded by
Ryszard Parulski
Polish Sportspersonality of the Year
Succeeded by
Irena Kirszenstein

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