Poland at the
1956 Summer Olympics
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IOC codePOL
NOCPolish Olympic Committee
Websitewww.pkol.pl (in Polish)
in Melbourne/Stockholm
Competitors64 in 9 sports
Medals
Ranked 17th
Gold
1
Silver
4
Bronze
4
Total
9
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Austria (1908–1912)
 Russian Empire (1912)

Poland competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. 64 competitors, 49 men and 15 women, took part in 48 events in 9 sports.[1]

Medals

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Elżbieta Krzesińska-Duńska Athletics Women's long jump
 Silver Janusz Sidło Athletics Men's javelin throw
 Silver Adam Smelczyński Shooting Men's trap
 Silver Jerzy Pawłowski Fencing Men's sabre
 Silver Andrzej Piątkowski
Zygmunt Pawlas
Wojciech Zabłocki
Jerzy Pawłowski
Ryszard Zub
Marian Kuszewski
Fencing Men's team sabre
 Bronze Henryk Niedźwiedzki Boxing Men's featherweight
 Bronze Zbigniew Pietrzykowski Boxing Men's middleweight
 Bronze Dorota Horzonek-Jokiel
Natalia Kot
Danuta Nowak-Stachow
Helena Rakoczy
Lidia Szczerbińska
Barbara Wilk-Ślizowska
Gymnastics Women's team portable apparatus
 Bronze Marian Zieliński Weightlifting Men's 60 kg

Athletics

Main article: Athletics at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Jerzy Chromik 5000 metres 14:51.4 19 N/A Did not advance
Marian Foik 100 m 10.88 1 Q 10.83 3 Q 10.84 5 Did not advance
Jan Jarzembowski 100 m 10.95 2 Q 10.98 4 Did not advance
200 m 21.91 4 Did not advance
Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak 3000 m steeplechase 8:48.0 10 Q N/A DNF
Edward Szmidt 200 m 22.03 2 Q 21.73 6 Did not advance
Kazimierz Zimny 5000 metres DNF N/A Did not advance
Zenon Baranowski
Marian Foik
Janusz Jarzembowski
Edward Szmidt
4×100 m relay 40.97 1 Q N/A 41.12 2 Q 40.75 6
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Henryk Grabowski Long jump 7.52 1 Q 7.15 10
Zbigniew Janiszewski Pole vault 4.15 2 Q 4.15 12
Jan Kopyto Javelin throw 68.19 13 Q 74.28 5
Kazimierz Kropidłowski Long jump 7.22 12 Q 7.30 6
Ryszard Malcherczyk Triple jump 14.84 21 Q 15.54 10
Alfons Niklas Hammer throw 58.46 4 Q 57.70 10
Tadeusz Rut Discus throw 46.62 17 Did not advance
Hammer throw 58.07 5 Q 53.43 14
Janusz Sidło Javelin throw 72.00 6 Q 79.98
Silver medal.svg
Zenon Ważny Pole vault 4.15 8 Q 4.25 6
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Maria Kusion-Bibro 100 m 12.2 4 Did not advance
Barbara Janiszewska 100 m 12.2 4 Did not advance
200 m 24.8 2 Q N/A 25.2 6 Did not advance
Genowefa Minicka 200 m 25.0 4 Did not advance
Halina Richter-Górecka 100 m 12.2 5 Did not advance
Maria Kusion-Bibro
Barbara Janiszewska
Genowefa Minicka
Halina Richter-Górecka
4×100 m relay 46.58 4 Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Urszula Figwer Javelin throw 47.76 2 Q 48.16 6
Elżbieta Krzesińska-Duńska Long jump 6.13 1 Q 6.35
Gold medal.svg
Maria Kusion-Bibro Long jump 5.80 6 Q 5.79 9
Genowefa Minicka Long jump 5.72 12 Q 5.64 12
Anna Wojtaszek Javelin throw 44.08 12 Q 46.92 9

Boxing

Main article: Boxing at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Men
Athlete Event 1 Round 2 Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Henryk Kukier Flyweight BYE  Warner Batchelor (AUS)
L P
Did not advance
Zenon Stefaniuk Bantamweight BYE  Claudio Barrientos (CHI)
L P
Did not advance
Henryk Niedźwiedzki Featherweight BYE  Leonard Leisching  (RSA)
W P
 Tristan Falfán (ARG)
W KO
 Vladimir Safronov (URS)
L P
N/A
Bronze medal.svg
Zygmunt Milewski Lightweight BYE  Pentti Niinivuori  (FIN)
W P
 Harry Kurschat (FRG)
L KO
Did not advance
Leszek Drogosz Light Welterweight BYE  Vladimir Yengibaryan  (URS)
L P
Did not advance
Tadeusz Walasek Welterweight  Fred Tiedt  (IRL)
L P
Did not advance
Zbigniew Pietrzykowski Light Middleweight  Richard Karpov (URS)
W P
N/A  Boris Nikolov (BUL)
W P
 László Papp  (HUN)
L P
N/A
Bronze medal.svg
Zbigniew Piórkowski Middleweight  Ramón Tapia (CHI)
L KO
Did not advance
Andrzej Wojciechowski Light Heavyweight  Lennart Risberg (SWE)
W KO
N/A  Carlos Lucas  (CHI)
L P
Did not advance

Canoeing

Main article: Canoeing at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Sprint

Men
Athlete Event Heats Final
Time Rank Time Rank
Stefan Kapłaniak K-1 1000 m 4:35.4 1 Q 4:19.8 4
Ryszard Skwarski
Jerzy Górski
K-2 1000 m 4:12.6 4 Did not advance
Stefan Kapłaniak
Jerzy Górski
K-2 10000 m N/A 47:21.5 10
Women
Athlete Event Heats Final
Time Rank Time Rank
Daniela Walkowiak K-1 500 m 2:25.8 3 Q 2:24.1 6

Fencing

Main article: Fencing at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Six fencers, all men, represented Poland in 1956.

Men

Ranks given are within the pool.

Fencer Event Elimination round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Jerzy Pawłowski Men's sabre BYE  Darè (ITA)
 Worth (USA)
 Kuznetsov (URS)
 Cooperman (GBR)
 Gamot (FRA)
 Fadgyas (AUS)
1 Q  Kárpáti (HUN)
 Lefèvre (FRA)
 Narduzzi (ITA)
 Cherepovsky (URS)
 Stratmann (GER)
 Kwartler (USA)
 Darè (ITA)
2 Q  Kárpáti (HUN)
 Kuznetsov (URS)
 Lefèvre (FRA)
 Gerevich (HUN)
 Zabłocki (POL)
 Kovács (HUN)
 Narduzzi (ITA)
Silver medal.svg
Wojciech Zabłocki BYE  Kárpáti (HUN)
 Roulot (FRA)
 Stratmann (GER)
 Nyilas (USA)
 Hoskyns (GBR)
 McKenzie (AUS)
3 Q  Kovács (HUN)
 Gerevich (HUN)
 Kuznetsov (URS)
 Ferrari (ITA)
 Roulot (FRA)
 Worth (USA)
 Van Der Auwera (BEL)
4 Q  Kárpáti (HUN)
 Pawłowski (POL)
 Kuznetsov (URS)
 Lefèvre (FRA)
 Gerevich (HUN)
 Kovács (HUN)
 Narduzzi (ITA)
6
Marian Kuszewski BYE  Gerevich (HUN)
 Narduzzi (ITA)
 Cherepovsky (URS)
 Van Der Auwera (BEL)
 Porebski (GBR)
 Echeverry (COL)
6 Did not advance 19
Jerzy Pawłowski
Wojciech Zabłocki
Marian Kuszewski
Ryszard Zub
Andrzej Piątkowski
Zygmunt Pawlas
Team sabre  Great Britain (GBR)
W 12-4
1 Q N/A  United States (USA)
W 10-6
2 Q  Soviet Union (URS)
W 9-7
 France (FRA)
W 10-6
 Hungary (HUN)
L 4-9
Silver medal.svg

Gymnastics

Main article: Gymnastics at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Artistic

Women
Athlete Event Final Standings Apparatus Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F V UB BB F V UB BB
Dorota Horzonek-Jokiel All-around 17.366 18.233 18.200 17.866 71.666 27 N/A
Natalia Kot All-around 18.366 18.500 18.600 18.166 73.633 9 N/A
Danuta Nowak-Stachow All-around 17.833 17.866 18.533 17.566 71.800 25 N/A
Helena Rakoczy All-around 18.366 18.500 18.700 18.133 73.700 8 N/A 18.700 N/A 18.700 5
Lidia Szczerbińska All-around 17.733 17.733 17.200 17.633 70.300 47 N/A
Barbara Wilk-Ślizowska All-around 17.733 17.566 17.900 17.333 70.533 45 N/A
Dorota Horzonek-Jokiel
Natalia Kot
Danuta Nowak-Stachow
Helena Rakoczy
Lidia Szczerbińska
Barbara Wilk-Ślizowska
Team all-around 90.264 90.863 91.928 89.430 436.485 4 N/A
Athlete Event Final
Portable Total Rank
Apparatus
Dorota Horzonek-Jokiel
Natalia Kot
Danuta Nowak-Stachow
Helena Rakoczy
Lidia Szczerbińska
Barbara Wilk-Ślizowska
Team Portable apparatus Hoop 74.00
Bronze medal.svg

Rowing

Main article: Rowing at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Poland had eight male rowers participate in three out of seven rowing events in 1956.[2]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Teodor Kocerka Single sculls 7:28.1 2 Q BYE 9:05.7 2 Q 8:12.9 4
Zbigniew Schwarzer
Henryk Jagodziński
Bertold Mainka
Coxed pair 7:43.7 2 Q BYE 9:22.8 1 Q 8:31.5 4
Kazimierz Błasiński
Szczepan Grajczyk
Zbigniew Paradowski
Marian Nietupski
Coxless four 6:46.3 2 R 8:29.3 1 Q 8:32.0 4 Did not advance

Shooting

Main article: Shooting at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Two shooters represented Poland in 1956, with Adam Smelczyński winning a silver medal in the trap event.

Men
Athlete Event Final
Score Rank
Adam Smelczyński Trap 190
Silver medal.svg
Zygmunt Kiszkurno 170 15

Swimming

Main article: Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Women
Athlete Event Heat Final
Time Rank Time Rank
Elżbieta Gellner 100 metre backstroke 1:16.2 5 Did not advance

Weightlifting

Main article: Weightlifting at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Men
Athlete Event Military Press Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Marian Zieliński 60 kg 105 3 102.5 3 127.5 4 335
Bronze medal.svg
Jan Czepułkowski 67.5 kg 120 2 105 7 135 10 360 6
Krzysztof Beck 75 kg 122.5 3 112.5 6 145 6 380 6
Jan Bochenek 120 5 112.5 6 150 3 382.5 4
Czesław Białas 90 kg 130 5 NVL DNS DNF

References

  1. ^ "Poland at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Poland Rowing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2018.