Teresa Ciepły

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Teresa Ciepły

Teresa Barbara Ciepły (born October 19, 1937 in Brodnia , † March 8, 2006 in Bydgoszcz ; born Teresa Wieczorek ) was a Polish athlete and Olympian . In 1964 she became Olympic champion with the Polish 4 x 100 meter relay . Two years earlier, she had been voted Sportswoman of the Year in her home country .

In the early 1960s, Ciepły was one of the strongest sprinters in the world. At the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960 she won the bronze medal in 45.0 s behind the USA (44.5 s) over 4 times 100 meters with the Polish relay team ( Barbara Janiszewska , Celina Jesionowska , Halina Richter )  under her maiden name Wieczorek and the Federal Republic of Germany (44.8 s).

Two years later at the European Championships in Belgrade , she won two titles: in the 80-meter hurdles and with the 4-by-100-meter relay; in the 100-meter run she was also third behind Dorothy Hyman and Jutta Heine .

She finally celebrated the greatest success of her career at the XVIII. 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo , when she was a member of the Polish 4 x 100 meter relay (with Irena Kirszenstein , Halina Górecka and Ewa Kłobukowska ) in 43.6 s Olympic champion ahead of the USA (43.9 s) and Great Britain ( 44.0 s). In addition, she won the silver medal in the 80-meter hurdles behind the German (= GDR) Karin Balzer , who ran 10.5 seconds at the same time.

Ciepły was married to the hammer thrower Olgierd Ciepły .

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