Marian Zielinski: 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome
History in Color:
September 8, 1960, Rome, Italy – World champion Marian Zielinski, lightweight of Team Poland, performs a clean-and-jerk opener with 150kg in the 67.5kg weight class at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
A year before the 1960 Olympics, Marian Zielinski became the first Polish World champion in the history of Olympic weightlifting.
Overall, Marian Zielinski represented Poland at four Summer Olympics – in Melbourne 1956. Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964 and Mexico City 1968 and won three bronze Olympic medals.
In Rome, Marian competed at his second Summer Olympics and took the 4th place with 405kg (115+110+150) in total.
Marian Zielinski (1929-2005) was one of the best weightlifters in the world in the 1960s. He was the first World champion from Poland (1959) and a true legend of Polish and world Olympic weightlifting.
Being a 4x Polish Olympian, Zielinski won three bronze Olympic medals (1956, 1964, 1968). He lifted in the feather and light weight classes and won two World titles (1959, 1963) , 3 European titles (1959, 1960, 1963) and set 3 world records (2 in snatch, 1 in cj lift) in his career.