Sylwester Bednarek

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Sylwester Bednarek
Sylwester Bednarek Pedro's Cup Łódź 2016 01.jpg
Bednarek in 2016
Personal information
Born (1989-04-28) 28 April 1989 (age 29)
Łódź, Poland
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 4 in)
Country  Poland
Sport Athletics
Event(s) High jump
Club RKS Łódź
Coached by Lech Krakowiak
Michał Lićwinko

Sylwester Bednarek (Polish pronunciation: [sɨlˈvɛstɛr bɛdˈnarɛk]; born 28 April 1989) is a Polish high jumper. He won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships and gold at the 2017 European Indoor Championships.

Life and career

Bednarek was born in Łódź. He finished fourth at the 2005 World Youth Championships and the 2006 World Junior Championships, finished sixth at the 2007 European Junior Championships and won the silver medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships. He also competed at the 2009 European Indoor Championships without reaching the final.[1] He underwent knee surgery due to an injury in 2010 and returned to competition. He was tenth at the 2010 European Athletics Championships but pain persisted in his knee into the 2011 season and he decided to undergo further surgery with an eye on being in his best shape for the 2012 London Olympics.[2] Unfortunately, at the national championships soon before the Games, he ruptured the Achilles tendon in his other leg[3] and only returned to competition in 2013. In 2017, he won the gold medal at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

His personal best jump is 2.32 metres, achieved in August 2009 in Berlin at the World Championships. He has achieved 2.33 metres indoors, a mark set in February 2017 in Banska Bystrica.[1]

For his sport achievements, he received:
Golden Cross of Merit Golden Cross of Merit in 2009.[4]

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Poland
2005 World Youth Championships Marrakech, Morocco 4th 2.18 m
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 4th 2.23 m
2007 European Junior Championships Hengelo, Netherlands 6th 2.21 m
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 2nd 2.24 m
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 14th (q) 2.22 m
European U23 Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st 2.28 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 2.32 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 10th 2.19 m
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 9th (q) 2.24 m
Universiade Gwangju, South Korea 6th 2.20 m
World Championships Beijing, China 33rd (q) 2.22 m
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 16th (q) 2.23 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 30th (q) 2.22 m
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 1st 2.32 m
World Championships London, United Kingdom 20th (q) 2.26 m
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 5th 2.25 m
European Championships Berlin, Germany 7th 2.24 m

Personal bests

  • Outdoor: 2.32 m (2009)
  • Indoor: 2.33 m (2017)


  1. ^ a b Sylwester Bednarek at IAAF
  2. ^ Bad news for Polish high jumper Bednarek, out for the season. European Athletics (2011-05-03). Retrieved on 2011-05-30.
  3. ^ "Kontuzja Sylwestra Bednarka na lekkoatletycznych mistrzostwach Polski w Bielsku-Białej" (in Polish). Nasze Miasto. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  4. ^ Archived 2012-07-08 at

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