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Józef Szmidt

Józef Szmidt

Polish triple jumper
Józef Szmidt
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Intro Polish triple jumper
Is Athlete
From Poland Germany
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 28 March 1935, Bytom
Age 86 years
The details (from wikipedia)


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.


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.

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