Former world record holder Piątkowski dies
PR dla Zagranicy
Discus thrower Edmund Piątkowski, one of the stars of the legendary Polish athletics team of the late 1950s and 1960s, has died at the age of 80.
In 1958 he won the European Championships title in Stockholm and a year later set a new world record with a result of 59.91 metres.
Piątkowski represented Poland at three Olympic Games, in Rome in 1960 (5th place), in Tokyo in 1964 (7th place) and in Mexico City in 1968 (7th place).
In 1959 he won an annual poll for Poland’s Best Sportsman run by the ‘Przegląd Sportowy’ daily.
His wife, Maria Piątkowska (born in 1931), was also a leading athlete of the time, with three European Champhionships medals in the 80-metres-hurdles and 4x100 metres relay to her credit. (mk/nh)