Former champion weightlifter Baszanowski dies

Updated: April 29, 2011, 9:46 AM ET
Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland -- Poland's weightlifting authorities say former Olympic and world champion weightlifter Waldemar Baszanowski has died at the age of 75 after a long illness.

Polish Weightlifting Association spokesman Jacek Korczak-Mleczko said Friday that Baszanowski died in a Warsaw hospital early that day, following a medical procedure.

Baszanowski was lightweight Olympic champion in 1964 and 1968 and world champion in 1961, 1964, 1965, 1968 and 1969.

He served as president of the European Weightlifting Federation from 1999 to 2007.

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