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Zbigniew Pietrzykowski Passed Away

Zbigniew Pietrzykowski, 79, died on Monday morning, May 19, in Bielsko-Biała. He was one of the most outstanding competitors in both Polish and world's boxing history.

He represented Poland at the Olympic Games three times (1956, 1960, 1964), each time bringing home medals. He became the Olympic vice-champion at the Roman boxing ring. His is mainly remembered for his unforgettable final fight with Cassius Clay of the U.S.A., a future professional boxing ace.

Zbigniew Pietrzykowski won Olympic bronze medals in Melbourne and Tokyo. His sports achievements include as many as four Champion of Europe titles, eleven Championships of Poland and numerous victories at, popular years ago, international tournaments of the national team coached by Feliks Stamm. Pietrzykowski was one of his best boxers. During his boxing adventure he fought 367 times, winning 351 fights.

In 1964, he became the first laureate of the "Gentleman of Sport" award, granted by the editorial team of the youth magazine "Sztandar Młodych". The award was a prototype of the later "Fair Play" award of the Polish Olympic Committee.

Upon completion of his sports career, Zbigniew Pietrzykowski became a coach and sports activist. He was a Member of the POC Executive Board and Member of the Polish Sejm (1993-1997). For his achievements in sport he was honored with high state decorations and sports distinctions (including the Aleksander Reksza award and the "Kalos Kagathos" medal). He passed away after several years of fighting a major disease.

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Translation: Piotr H. Kowalski, phkowalski@pkol.pl

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