Edward Jancarz

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Edward Jancarz
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Born(1946-08-20)20 August 1946
Died11 January 1992(1992-01-11) (aged 45)
NationalityFlag of Poland.svg  Poland
Career history
Poland
1965-1986 Stal Gorzów Wielkopolski
Great Britain
1977-1982 Wimbledon Dons
Individual honours
1975, 1983 Polish Champion
1977 Embassy Internationale
Team honours
1969 World Team Cup winner
1969, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983 Polish League Champion
1979Gauntlet Gold Cup

Edward 'Ed' Jancarz (August 20, 1946 in Gorzów Wlkp., Poland – January 11, 1992) was an international speedway rider. [1]

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Career

Jancarz rode in the UK for the Wimbledon Dons between 1977–1982 winning the Internationale at Wimbledon in his first season, and in Poland for Stal Gorzów. He participated in ten Speedway World Championship finals, his highest placing being in his first final when he finished on the rostrum in third place after a run-off with Russian rider Gennady Kurilenko. He was also a member of the Polish World Team Cup winning team of 1969. He won the prestigious Embassy Internationale, at Wimbledon in 1977. After his riding career ended he was a speedway coach. He was trainer in Stal Gorzów, KKŻ Krosno and Polish national team.

Death

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Jancarz' Monument

On January 11, 1992 he was fatally stabbed by his second wife, Katarzyna, during a domestic dispute caused by his alcoholism he had suffered from since the mid-1980s. Since his death the Edward Jancarz Memorial has been a semi-annual meeting at the speedway that carries his name, the Edward Jancarz Stadium in Gorzów Wielkopolski. To date, 2010 World Champion Tomasz Gollob is the only Polish rider to win the memorial, having done so in 1998 and 1999

Edward Jancarz was the first speedway rider in the World to have a monument dedicated to them. The Monument of Edward Jancarz was built in 2005 and is in the city centre of Gorzów Wielkopolski.

World Final Appearances

Individual World Championship

World Pairs Championship

World Team Cup

See also

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References

  1. Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN   0-7524-2402-5