|birthday||July 30, 1968|
|place of birth||Lubaczów|
|End of career||2004|
Robert Marek Korzeniowski (born July 30, 1968 in Lubaczów ) is a former Polish walker . He is a four-time Olympic champion , three-time world champion and two-time European champion. So he's the most successful walker ever.
At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta he won gold in the 50 km walk and gold in the 20 km walk and 50 km walk at the 2000 Sydney Games . He is the first person to walk to win the same Olympic Games over both the short and the long distance. In 2004 in Athens he won again over 50 km and is the first to triumph in this discipline three times in a row.
He was also world champion in 50 km walking in 1997 in Athens , 2001 in Edmonton and 2003 in Paris . At the 2003 World Championships, he walked the 50 km in a world record time of 3:36:03 h. This time was undercut on December 2, 2006 by the Australian Nathan Deakes in Geelong by 16 seconds. In 1998 in Budapest and 2002 in Munich he was also European champion.
Korzeniowski has lived in France since 1992, because the climate means that he finds better training conditions there. The qualified sports teacher is married and speaks fluent French, Russian, English and Spanish.
Korzeniowski is next to the ski jumper Adam Małysz the most popular athlete in Poland and internationally the most successful walker of all time. After the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 Korzeniowski ended his active career and from then on endeavored as an international functionary to popularize this marginal sport. He also began to train his youngest sister Sylwia Korzeniowska in France .
In 2014 he was inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame .
- Robert Korzeniowski in the database of World Athletics (English)
- Robert Korzeniowski in the Sports-Reference database (English; archived from the original )
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Korzeniowski, Robert Marek (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Polish walker and Olympic champion|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 30, 1968|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Lubaczów|