Konrad Bukowiecki (17 March 1997) is a Polish shot putter. He won the gold medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships and at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics. In addition, he currently holds the junior indoor world record with the 6kg implement, as well as world youth indoor bests with the 6kg and 5kg implements. In his debut at the senior level competition, he finished sixth at the 2015 European Indoor Championships with the European absolute best with the 7.26 kg shot.
His best achievements:
Shot, 6 kg World Junior Champion 2014
Shot, 6 kg European Junior Champion 2015
Shot, 5 kg 5th at World Youth Championships 2013
Shot World Junior Alltime no. 1 – 20.78m in Zagreb 7th September 2015
|2009||11,53m | 37′ 10″|
|2010||12,09m | 39′ 8″||11,32m | 37′ 1″|
|2011||15,48m | 50′ 9″|
|2012||20,90m | 68′ 7″||19,24m | 63′ 1″|
|2013||22,33m | 73′ 3″||19,39m| 63′ 7″|
|2014||23,17m | 76′ 0″||22,06m | 72′ 5″||17,29m | 56′ 9″|
|2015||24,24m| 79′ 6″||22,62m | 74′ 3″||20,46m | 67′ 2″|
|2016||22,48m | 73′ 9″|
I’m currently 191cm and keep my weight around 138kg. I should stay this weight through the season. As far as goals, I want to set new personal bests. At the top of the list is my indoor junior world best with the 6kg shot (22,38m | 73′ 5″) and get closer to 21m with senior implement.
I’m training at home with my coach and father, Ireneusz Bukowiecki and am sponsored by Nike and InPost Modern Post. We’re together everyday, along with my friends and training partners from club–Andrzej Regin [7,26kg 19,08m | 62′ 7″], Sebastian Łukszo [7,26kg 18,47m | 60′ 7″] and Andrzej Naszko [6kg 17,91m | 58′ 9″]. We do everything he says. He has us focusing on bench press, snatches, cleans, squats and dead-lifts in the weightroom.
I’ll be in Poland for most of my training but, like last season, will be going to Qatar two or three times for some highly focused warm weather training.
To make the Olympic roster I’ll have to throw over 20,50m two times after 1st May and before the end of July. I’m also hoping to make the Indoor World Championship team and compete in Portland. Polish throwing events are strong so it will be tough to make the team.
Konrad has been knocking out some big throws while we’ve been writing this article so I’ve added some updates.
Zylstra: 21m in recent training with the sixteen pound ball; what are your typical training throws?
Bukowiecki: What can I tell you, I’ve had some nice training–it depends on how I feel that day. I hit six throws over 20 metres and three over 21m with the senior shot (7.26kg). But you know how it is; I have to throw 21m on the competition for it to matter.
Zylstra: How about with the other balls? 5kg, 6kg, 8kg?
Bukowiecki: Difficult to say, in this time I usually throw with 6kg, 6.8kg and 7.26kg along with a variety of medicine balls. I don’t work with heavy balls. I’m regularly over 22m with the 6kg. My father does not have us throwing the8kg ball, I think it’s because I’m young and do not want to develop incorrectly; I have enough time to throw with heavier implements in the future.
Zylstra: Right. Slow and steady wins the gold. You recently set an indoor 6kg personal best with your 22,48m (73′ 9″). Tell me about it.
Bukowiecki: It was my first competition this year I decided to try compete with 6kg. My first throws were fouls, a foot-foul and intentional-foul, in the third round I reached 22,48m; just over my indoor best of 22,38m (73′ 5″). My fourth, fifth and sixth attempts were also over 22m 22,12m, 22,13m and 22,16m.
Zylstra: What has caused your big improvement? Stronger? Better technique? Stronger mentally? Getting older? … something else?
Bukowiecki: Basically all those things.
Zylstra: When is your next meet?
Bukowiecki: Yeah, this Saturday I’ll compete with 7.26kg.I’ll be happy if I throw over 20m. Of course,It’ll be great if I can over 20,50m and qualify for Portland; but over 20m would be okay. I’ll be throwing 6kg and 7,26kg in training this week.
Road to Beijing: Konrad Bukowiecki