Kazimierz Zimny

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Kazimierz Franciszek Zimny (born June 4, 1935 in Tczew , Poland ) is a former Polish long-distance runner. The 1.72 m tall and 69 kg heavy Zimny ​​won an Olympic bronze medal in the 5,000 meter run in 1960 .

Zimny ​​dropped out of the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne in advance. Two years later at the European Championships in Stockholm in 1958 , he won silver in 14: 01.6 minutes behind his compatriot Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak .

At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, New Zealander Murray Halberg broke away from the rest of the field with three laps to go. But his reserves weren't enough to keep his high pace to the finish. At the beginning of the last lap, Halberg was clearly in the lead, the gap between him and his pursuers Hans Grodotzki and Friedrich Janke (both Germany) and Zimny ​​became smaller. Ultimately, Halberg won by one second over Grodotzki and Zimny, who won the bronze medal in 13: 44.8 minutes. In the final over 10,000 meters , Zimny ​​gave up.

In 1962 at the European Championships in Belgrade, Zimny ​​was second in 14: 01.8 minutes behind the British Bruce Tulloh .

Zimny ​​was Polish champion in the 1,500 meter run in 1956 . In 1960, 1965 and 1966 he won over 5000 meters.

Best times

  • 1500 meters: 3: 44.7 minutes
  • 5000 meters: 13: 44.4 minutes
  • 10,000 meters: 28: 46.0 minutes


  • Ekkehard zur Megede: The Modern Olympic Century 1896-1996 Track and Field Athletics . Berlin 1999, published by the German Society for Athletics Documentation eV

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