Lucyna Langer
Personal information
Born (1956-01-09) 9 January 1956 (age 66)
Mysłowice, Poland
Event(s)100 metres hurdles

Lucyna Kałek (née Langer, born 9 January 1956) is a retired Polish hurdler. The highlights of her career in the 100 metres hurdles were winning the 1980 Olympic bronze medal and the gold medal at the 1982 European Championships. She also won the 1984 European Indoor Championships 60 metres hurdles title and was the fastest 100 metres hurdler in the world in 1984, with her career-best time of 12.43 secs.


Born in Mysłowice, Langer first ran under 13 seconds for the 100 metres hurdles with 12.89 secs in 1978, improving to 12.62 in 1979, when winning the Universiade title in Mexico City. When her Polish team-mate Grazyna Rabsztyn broke the world record with 12.36 secs in June 1980, Langer finished second in 12.44, to move to second on the world all-time list. She would go on to win an Olympic bronze medal six weeks later in Moscow, running 12.65.

As Lucyna Kalek, she won the 1982 European title in Athens, in a season's best of 12.45 secs. The only woman to go faster that year was Yordanka Donkova with 12.44. Langer defeated Donkova in Athens and was ranked number one on the 1982 Track and Field News world merit rankings. She would go on to rank number one on the 1984 Track and Field News merit rankings. 1984 also saw her slightly improve her best to 12.43 secs in Hannover on 19 August, the fastest 100 metres hurdles time in the world that year, and a time that still ranks her (as of 2018) in the all-time top 20.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Poland
1978 European Championships Prague, Czechoslovakia 5th 100 m hurdles 12.98
1979 Universiade Mexico City, Mexico 1st 100 m hurdles 12.62
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 3rd 100 m hurdles 12.65
7th 4x100 m relay 44.49
1981 World Cup Rome, Italy 3rd 100 m hurdles 12.971
1982 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 8th (sf) 60 m hurdles 8.13
European Championships Athens, Greece 1st 100 m hurdles 12.45
1984 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 60 m hurdles 7.96
Friendship Games Moscow, Soviet Union 3rd 100 m hurdles 12.61

1Representing Europe


Sporting positions Preceded by Bettine Jahn Women's 100m Hurdles Best Year Performance 1984 Succeeded by Ginka Zagorcheva