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Achievements in sports

Václav Syrový belonged to the successful representatives of the Czechoslovak Republic and the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic in weightlifting in 1955–1962.




His greatest achievement was the 8th place in the Olympic Games in Rome and 5th place in the World Championship in Stockholm.

He was a member of the sport club Vyšehrad Prague, Lokomotiva Kralupy, UDA – an Army Military Club

His personal best performances in the heavy weight category over 90 kg are:

Clean and jerk:        172.50 kg

Snatch:                      151.20 kg

Tug:                            130.50 kg

His most significant achievements:


Olympic Games: 8th place 1960 Rome

World Championships: 5th place in 1958
6th place in 1959
7th place in 1961
11th place in 1962

European Championships: 3rd place in 1957
3rd place in 1958
5th place in 1959
5th place in 1960
5th place in 1961
7th place in 1962

Czechoslovak champion: 1957


After finishing his sports career he starts to run as a hobby.

To the highlights of his amateur running times belong the 4 times finished marathons. His best achieved time is 3h 39 min from 1973.

He also achieved good results in his young age, when Otakar Jandera from the sport club Rudé Hvězdy Prague (Red Star) noticed his talents and where he then put the shot and threw the discus.

He held the county records:

Shot Put:                              14.10 m

Discus Throw:                     47.00 m