Jacek Wszoła

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Jacek Wszoła
Jacek Wszoła in 2007
Medal record
Representing  Poland
Men’s Athletics
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1976 Montreal High Jump
Silver medal – second place 1980 Moscow High Jump
Gold medal – first place 1977 Sofia High Jump

Jacek Wszoła (born December 30, 1956 in Warszawa, Poland) is a Polish gold and silver Olympic medalist in high jump.


Jacek Wszoła is the most famous Polish high jumper. He took part in two Olympic Games: in Montreal 1976 and in Moscow 1980. In Montreal he was a big surprise when, competing in heavy rain, he struggled to win over the favourites. In the Moscow Olympics he finished second. Wszoła is also a one-time world record holder with the result of 2.35 m.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Poland
1974 European Championships Rome, Italy 5th 2.19 m
1975 European Indoor Championships Katowice, Poland 11th 2.16 m
European Junior Championships Athens, Greece 1st 2.22 m
1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada 1st 2.25 m
1977 European Indoor Championships San Sebastián, Spain 1st 2.25 m
Universiade Sofia, Bulgaria 1st 2.22 m
1978 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 7th 2.21 m
European Championships Prague, Czechoslovakia 6th 2.21 m
1979 Universiade Mexico City, Mexico 4th 2.26 m
1980 European Indoor Championships Sindelfingen, West Germany 2nd 2.29 m
Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 2nd 2.31 m
1983 Universiade Edmonton, Canada 11th 2.20 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 13th 2.23 m
1987 European Indoor Championships Liévin, France 11th 2.20 m

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Preceded by
Soviet Union Vladimir Yashchenko
Men's High Jump World Record Holder
2m35 equalled by Dietmar Mögenburg on 1980-05-26

1980-05-25 – 1980-08-01
Succeeded by
East Germany Gerd Wessig