|birthday||May 24, 1946|
|place of birth||Leningrad , Soviet Union|
|date of death||June 29, 2018|
|Place of death||Warsaw|
|discipline||Sprint , long jump|
Irena Szewińska , née Kirszenstein (born May 24, 1946 in Leningrad , Soviet Union ; died June 29, 2018 in Warsaw ) was a Polish athlete and Olympic champion . She was extremely popular in her home country even after her active career as an athlete ended.
In 1946 she was born to Jewish parents in a refugee camp in Leningrad. At the age of 14 she discovered athletics for herself and soon excelled in the sprint and long jump . As an 18-year-old, she won the gold medal over 4 x 100 meters with the Polish relay team at the Tokyo Olympics ; in the individual competitions she also won the silver medals in the long jump and in the 200-meter run . At the European Championships in 1966 , she won three gold medals (200 meters, long jump, 4 x 100 meter relay) and came second in the 100 meters.
She married her coach Janusz Szewiński in 1967 and started the following year at the Olympic Games in Mexico City under her new name Szewińska. She won the gold medal over 200 meters with a world record time of 22.5 s and the bronze medal over 100 meters .
After a baby break in 1970, she won bronze medals at the 1971 European Championships in Helsinki and at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. At the European Championships in 1974 , two more European titles over 100 meters and 200 meters and a bronze medal with the 4-by-100-meter relay followed.
In the course of the 1970s she switched to the 400-meter course and remained undefeated from 1973 to 1978. At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montréal, she won over this distance with a world record time of 49.28 s and a lead of over a second.
Activity as a sports official
From 1997 to 2009 she headed the Polish Athletics Association PZLA. Irena Szewińska has been a member of the IOC since 1998 and took a. presented the award ceremony in 2004 at the Olympic Games in Athens over 100 meters butterfly when the Polish Otylia Jędrzejczak received her first silver medal. In 2005 she was elected to the IAAF Council in the run-up to the 2005 World Athletics Championships in Helsinki .
She was married to her coach Janusz Szewiński since 1967. The marriage resulted in two sons, including the volleyball player and later Senator Andrzej.
- July 9, 1965 in 11.1 s
- June 14, 1968 in 11.1 s
- September 7, 1965 in 22.7 s
- June 18, 1968 in 22.5 s
- July 13, 1974 in 22.21 s (only undercut by Marita Koch in 1978 )
- July 22, 1974 in 49.9 s
- July 22, 1976 in 49.75 s
- August 29, 1976 in 49.28 s
- Irena Szewińska in the database of World Athletics (English)
- Fast and steady , Radiodienst Polska
- Short biography on the IOC website
- Irena Szewinska on sporting-heroes.net
- Portrait on Jews In Sports Online
- Biography in the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
- Irena Szewińska in the database of Olympedia.org (English)
- IAAF: Legends: Irena Szewinska ( Memento from August 20, 2001 in the Internet Archive )
- ESPN : Past Olympics Athletes: Irena Szewinska-Kirszenstein . 2008
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Kirszenstein, Irena (maiden name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Polish athlete and Olympic champion|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 24, 1946|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Leningrad , Soviet Union|
|DATE OF DEATH||June 29, 2018|
|PLACE OF DEATH||Warsaw , Poland|