Paweł Fajdek

Paweł Fajdek

Paweł Fajdek in 2015
Personal information
Nationality Polish
Born (1989-06-04) 4 June 1989
Świebodzice, Poland
Education Academy of Sport Education in Warsaw
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 128 kg (282 lb) (2012)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Hammer throw
Club Agros Zamość

Paweł Fajdek (born 4 June 1989) is a Polish hammer thrower with personal best 83.93 metres (9 August 2015, Janusz Kusociński Memorial in Szczecin). He is a two time World Champion in the event.


Fajdek represented Poland at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, finishing just off the podium in 4th despite throwing a new Polish junior record of 75.31 metres with the 6 kg under-20 implement.[1] In 2009, his first year as a senior, Fajdek placed 8th at the European U23 Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania with a throw of 68.70 metres.[2] Fajdek placed 3rd at the Polish Championships that year with a mark of 70.86, behind former Olympic and World Champion Szymon Ziółkowski and a returning Wojciech Kondratowicz.[3] In 2010 he grabbed another national bronze, this time with a throw of 73.85 metres; later that year, he improved his personal best to 76.07, good enough for 35th in the world.[4][5]

Fajdek continued to improve in 2011, finishing second at the European Team Championships in Stockholm with a new personal best of 76.98 metres.[6] He improved further to 78.13 at Madrid, beating among others the reigning Olympic Champion, Primož Kozmus of Slovenia.[7] He was an overwhelming winner at the European U23 Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, beating second placer Javier Cienfuegos by five and a half metres to record yet another personal best of 78.54.[8] He also dominated his speciality at the World University Games in Shenzhen, winning the gold with 78.14, more than four metres ahead of silver medallist Marcel Lomnický;[9] a week later at the World Championships in Daegu, however, he only managed 75.20 and finished eleventh.[10]

Fajdek first broke 80 metres at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting in May 2012, finishing second to Hungary's World silver medallist Krisztián Pars.[11][12] In his next competition at Montreuil he threw yet another personal best of 81.39, this time beating Pars.[13]

Fajdek is currently coached by Czesław Cybulski, who has also coached Ziółkowski and Anita Włodarczyk.[8][14]

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Poland
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 4th Hammer throw (6 kg) 75.31 m
2009 European U23 Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 8th Hammer throw 68.70 m
2011 European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 1st Hammer throw 78.54 m
Universiade Shenzhen, China 1st Hammer throw 78.14 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 11th Hammer throw 75.20 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom Hammer throw NM
2013 Universiade Kazan, Russia 1st Hammer throw 79.99 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st Hammer throw 81.97 m
Jeux de la Francophonie Nice, France 1st Hammer throw 78.28 m
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 2nd Hammer throw 82.05 m
2015 Universiade Gwangju, South Korea 1st Hammer throw 80.05 m
World Championships Beijing, China 1st Hammer throw 80.88 m
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st Hammer throw 80.93 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 17th (q) Hammer throw 72.00 m


  1. "Hammer Throw (6kg) – M Final". IAAF. 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  2. "European Athletics Result Service". European Athletic Association/Tilastopaja. 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  3. "Trzeci dzień Mistrzostw Polski w Bydgoszczy" (in Polish). Polski Związek Lekkiej Atletyki. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  4. "86. Mistrzostwa Polski Seniorów BIELSKO-BIAŁA, 8–10 lipca 2010" (in Polish). Magazyn Lekkoatletyczny. 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  5. "2010 Toplists ht m". IAAF. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  6. "European Athletics Result Service". EAA/Tilastopaja. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  7. "2011 Results" (PDF). Meeting Madrid 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  8. 1 2 "MME W OSTRAWIE: PETARDA FAJDEK!" (in Polish). Polski Związek Lekkiej Atletyki. 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  9. "RESULTS" (PDF). 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  10. "Hammer Throw – M Final". IAAF. 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  11. "Polak drugi na świecie w rzucie młotem" (in Polish). 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  12. "OSTRAVA GOLDEN SPIKE : Results". Zlatá Tretra Meeting. 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  13. "Paweł Fajdek z rekordem! Rewelacyjny wynik Polaka w rzucie młotem!" (in Polish). 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  14. "Czesław Cybulski Anita Włodarczyk" (in Polish). 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
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