Poland made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1924 and has competed ever since, with the exception of 1984 where it participated in the Soviet Union led boycott. The nation sends one of the largest delegations to the Olympics with over 200 athletes participating at the last three Olympics. The athletes compete in a wide range of sports with athletics, canoeing, cycling, rowing and swimming being well represented.

Poland has won at least one medal at each Olympics it has participated in. In total the nation has won around 280 medals across 19 sports. Their most successful sports include athletics, boxing, weightlifting and wrestling. The most successful athlete is sprinter Irena Szewinska whom won seven medals across four Olympics (1964-1976); in the women’s 100m (1 bronze), 200m (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze), 400m (1 gold), long jump (1 silver) and the 4x100m relay (1 gold). In 2016 Poland won 11 medals.

Qualified Quotas


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s RS:X Pawel Tarnowski
Women’s RS:X Zofia Noceti-Klepacka
Women’s Laser Radial Magdalena Kwasna


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Tomasz Bartnik