Poland's Robert Korzeniowski made Olympic racewalking history in Athens 2004 by winning a record third consecutive gold in the men's 50 kilometre event. It was Korzeniowski's fourth Olympic title, after previous victories in Sydney 2000, where he became the first racewalker to claim the 20-50km walk double, and Atlanta 1996. As a recipient of international aid himself in Communist Poland in the 1980s, Korzeniowski has always looked to use his status as a sports star to help people less fortunate than himself.

So when WFP invited him to visit a school feeding project in Mali in April 2006, he accepted without hesitation. "I am excited about going to Mali as I want to have a better understanding of the situation facing children there," he told WFP.

"I want to share my experience with children. I want to tell them of my life experience and how from a bad situation you can achieve the maximum," he added.

Over the coming years, Korzeniowski plans to use his international profile to help WFP push child hunger up the humanitarian agenda.

"I want to share my enthusiasm and my trip to Mali is just the start of my activities with WFP. "

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Profession: Olympic racewalker; Born in Lubaczów, July 30, 1968. Four-times Olympic gold medallist at racewalking, including historic long and short distance double at 2000 Sydney games. World championship titles in 1997, 2001 and 2003. Remains world record holder over 50 kilometre race. Retired after 2004 games.
WFP partner since: April 2006