Janusz Kusociński Memorial

Janusz Kusociński Memorial
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Silesian Stadium
DateJune–August
LocationChorzów, Poland Poland
Event typeTrack and field
Established1954
Official siteJanusz Kusociński Memorial
Jamaican sprinter Michael Frater receiving a garland at the 2010 event

The Janusz Kusociński Memorial (Polish: Memoriał Janusza Kusocińskiego) is an annual track and field meeting at different venues in Poland, in recent times at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów, Poland.

The meeting was first held in 1954 in memory of the Polish runner Janusz Kusociński, the 1932 Olympic champion over 10,000 metres,[1] who was killed on 21 June 1940 during the German AB-Aktion Operation.[2] The event was located at the 10th-Anniversary Stadium in Warsaw for much of its early history. Later on, the meet venue changed to a rotational basis and the memorial was held in cities such as Lublin, Bydgoszcz, Poznań, Szczecin and most recently Chorzów. In 2022 the meeting was part of the 2022 World Athletics Continental Tour on gold level.

From its inception to the present day, the Janusz Kusociński Memorial has attracted world record holders and Olympic medallists. Initially attracting top Eastern European athletes (including Soviet Olympic champion Vladimir Kuts at the first competition), Frenchman Michel Jazy, American Bill Nieder, and China's Ni Zhiqin were among the participants in its first decade. The 1970s saw runners Ron Clarke and Filbert Bayi compete, while the 1980s featured performers including Wolfgang Schmidt and Sergey Bubka. Among the world record breakers to appear at the memorial in the 1990s were Svetlana Masterkova, Wilson Kipketer and Jan Železný. Numerous Olympic, World and European Championship level athletes continue to take part on an annual basis.[3]

Each edition features a long-distance memorial race. This event has been dominated by East African athletes in the last decade. In addition to the memorial race, the meeting typically has high calibre performances in the throwing events.[4][5]

The meeting, which holds European Athletics Outdoor Meetings status,[6] is among the foremost Polish track and field competitions, alongside the annual Pedro's Cup events.

Meet records

Men

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Venue Ref
100 m 10.00 (+2.0 m/s) Marian Woronin  Poland 1984 Warsaw [7]
200 m 20.06 Silvio Leonard  Cuba 1978 [7]
400 m 44.47 Isaac Makwala  Botswana 20 June 2021 Chorzów [8]
800 m 1:43.66 Alberto Juantorena  Cuba 1977 [7]
1500 m 3:35.77 Nicholas Kemboi  Kenya 2010 Warsaw [7]
3000 m 7:43.67 Sammy Kipketer  Kenya 1999 [7]
5000 m 13:31:09 Hansjörg Kunze  East Germany 1979 [7]
10000 m 28:41.02 Ryszard Kopijasz  Poland 1980 [7]
Marathon 2:36:06 Józef Russek  Poland 1956 [7]
110 m hurdles 13.25 (+0.5 m/s) Sergey Shubenkov  Russia Chorzów
13.25 (+1.0 m/s) Orlando Ortega  Spain 25 August 2020 Chorzów [9]
400 m hurdles 49.00 Kemel Thompson  Jamaica 2000 [7]
3000 m steeplechase 8:21.2 Bronisław Malinowski  Poland 1974 [7]
High jump 2.36 m Artur Partyka  Poland 1996 [7]
Pole vault 5.92 m Chris Nilsen  United States 5 June 2022 Chorzów [10]
Long jump 8.37 m James Beckford  Jamaica 2007 [7]
Triple jump 17.48 m Danil Burkenya  Russia 2007 [7]
Shot put 22.31 m Tomas Walsh  New Zealand 5 June 2022 Chorzów [11]
Discus throw 68.50 m Virgilijus Alekna  Lithuania 21 July 2012 Szczecin [12]
Hammer throw 83.93 m Paweł Fajdek  Poland 9 August 2015 Szczecin [13]
Javelin throw 91.50 m Jan Železný  Czech Republic 1994 [7]
Decathlon 8118 pts Ryszard Skowronek  Poland 1973 [7]
Mile walk 5:40.04 Christopher Linke  Germany 5 June 2022 Chorzów [14]
5000 m walk (track) 18:41.79 Robert Korzeniowski  Poland 1997 [7]
10000 m walk (track) 40:32.8 Daniel Bautista  Mexico 1978 [7]
20 km walk (road) 1:20.52 Zdzisław Szlapkin  Poland 1988
Robert Korzeniowski  Poland 1995 [7]
4 × 100 m relay 38.65 Zbigniew Tulin
Łukasz Chyła
Marcin Jędrusiński
Marcin Urbaś
 Poland 2004 [7]
4 × 400 m relay 3:06.6  Great Britain 1964 [7]

Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Venue Ref
100 m 11.08 (-0.4 m/s) Ewa Swoboda  Poland 5 June 2022 Chorzów [15]
200 m 22.61 Ewa Kasprzyk  Poland 1985 Warsaw [7]
400 m 49.75 Irena Szewińska  Poland 1976 Bydgoszcz [7]
600 m 1:25.04 Joanna Jóźwik  Poland 9 August 2015 Szczecin [16]
800 m 1:56.2 Anita Weiß  East Germany 1978 [7]
1500 m 3:54.01 Gudaf Tsegay  Ethiopia 20 June 2021 Chorzów [17]
3000 m 9:07.57 Purity Rionoripo  Kenya 21 July 2012 Szczecin [12]
100 m hurdles 12.36 (+1.9 m/s) Grażyna Rabsztyn  Poland 12 June 1980 Warsaw [7]
400 m hurdles 54.73 Vania Stambolova  Bulgaria 2011 Szczecin [7]
3000 m steeplechase 9:39.51 Mercy Wanjiku  Kenya 2010 Warsaw [7]
High jump 1.99 m Kamila Lićwinko  Poland 18 June 2016 Szczecin [18]
Pole vault 4.70 m Svetlana Feofanova  Russia 2011 Szczecin [7]
Long jump 6.91 m Agata Karczmarek  Poland 1996 [7]
Triple jump 14.50 m Olha Saladukha  Ukraine 2010 Warsaw [7]
Shot put 21.41 m Helena Fibingerová  Czechoslovakia 1980 Warsaw [7]
Discus throw 66.58 m Ilke Wyludda  Germany 1995 [7]
Hammer throw 79.61 m Anita Włodarczyk  Poland 18 June 2016 Szczecin [19]
Javelin throw 56.72 m Barbara Madejczyk  Poland 21 July 2012 Szczecin [12]
3000 m walk (track) 13:01.72 Katarzyna Mosio  Poland 1992 [7]
5000 m walk (track) 26:10.5 Agnieszka Wyszyńska  Poland 1981 [7]
10000 m walk (track) 43:28 Katarzyna Radtke  Poland 1995 [7]
4 × 100 m relay 43.58  Poland 1999 [7]
4 × 400 m relay 3:34.0  Poland 1972 [7]

References

  1. ^ Wilson Kipketer to make season debut in Kusocinski Memorial. IAAF (2003-06-13). Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  2. ^ KUSOCIŃSKI JANUSZ TADEUSZ (1907-1940) Archived 2008-08-19 at the Wayback Machine (in Polish). Polish Olympic Committee. Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  3. ^ Gwiazdy Memoriału (in Polish). Kusocinki. Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  4. ^ Jackowski, Pawel (2006-06-18). Throws steal the spotlight in Warsaw - Kusocinski Memorial report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  5. ^ Grinberg, Daniel (2009-06-08). Throwers dominate 55th Kusocinski Memorial. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  6. ^ Wlodarczyk returns to action at the Janusz Kusocinski Memorial in Szczecin. European Athletics (2011-06-24). Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj Rekordy Memoriału. kusocinski.mosrir.szczecin.pl. Retrieved on 23 July 2012.
  8. ^ Jon Mulkeen (20 June 2021). "Tsegay and Dobek cruise to lifetime bests in Chorzow". IAAF. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  9. ^ Jon Mulkeen (25 August 2020). "Vetter beyond 90 metres again in Chorzow". World Athletics. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  10. ^ Chris Broadbent (5 June 2022). "Nowicki clinches last-gasp hammer win with world-leading 81.58m in Silesia". World Athletics. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  11. ^ Chris Broadbent (5 June 2022). "Nowicki clinches last-gasp hammer win with world-leading 81.58m in Silesia". World Athletics. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  12. ^ a b c "Janusz Kusociński Memorial 2012 Results". EAA. 21 July 2012. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  13. ^ Phil Minshull (9 August 2015). "Fajdek throws 83.93m in Szczecin". IAAF. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  14. ^ Chris Broadbent (5 June 2022). "Nowicki clinches last-gasp hammer win with world-leading 81.58m in Silesia". World Athletics. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  15. ^ Chris Broadbent (5 June 2022). "Nowicki clinches last-gasp hammer win with world-leading 81.58m in Silesia". World Athletics. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  16. ^ Phil Minshull (9 August 2015). "Fajdek throws 83.93m in Szczecin". IAAF. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  17. ^ Jon Mulkeen (20 June 2021). "Tsegay and Dobek cruise to lifetime bests in Chorzow". IAAF. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  18. ^ Phil Minshull (18 June 2016). "Wlodarczyk throws 79.61m in Szczecin, Licwinko over world-leading 1.99m". IAAF. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  19. ^ Phil Minshull (18 June 2016). "Wlodarczyk throws 79.61m in Szczecin, Licwinko over world-leading 1.99m". IAAF. Retrieved 19 June 2016.

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