After the first day of the European Athletics Team Championships in the Silesian Stadium, the Polish team is in second place, a mere 0.5 points behind the leading British team. The team in white and red scored five individual victories on Saturday. Just as was the case at last year’s Kamila Skolimowska Memorial, the German javelin thrower Johannes Vetter stole the show, this time with a throw of 96.29, the third longest of all time.
The youngster Pia Skrzyszowska was the first Polish winner of the day. In the 100 metre race she defeated all her rivals, finishing in a European U23 leading time of 11.25.
– I`m happy I earned maximum points for the team and set a new PB. I hope I can do as well again in the 100 metre hurdles tomorrow. I would like to set another PB there – Skrzyszowska commented.
There was another young Polish woman who impressed on the track. In the 400 metre race, Natalia Kaczmarek confirmed her recent good form, finishing the full lap of the National Athletics Stadium in a time of 51.36.
– I´m prepared well and in good shape, so I didn´t feel stressed before the race. It´s another strong race for me this season, but I still don’t know whether I will compete in the relay on Sunday – said Kaczmarek.
Another Polish triumph came in the women’s 3000 metre steeplechase. The winner, Alicja Konieczek, stressed on the importance of the support she received from the fans who were able to enter the Silesian Stadium. The Pole’s next goal is to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
– The plan was to run the first 4 laps easy. After that, the support from the fans helped me a great deal. I could hear their cheering and saw the Polish flags. That made my success possible! I hope my place in the Olympic ranking will improve now, but together with my coach we are targetting the automatic qualifying time – said Konieczek, whose winning time in the Silesian Stadium was 9:35.63.
Two more Polish victories came simultaneously, at opposite ends of the stadium, courtesy of Norbert Kobielski and Michał Haratyk. The former emerged as the victor in the high jump with 2.24. The latter proved the clear winner of the shot put competition. He scored the victory with a distance of 21.34, although he admitted he did not have the best of days.
– I didn`t feel that great today, but it`s about the team. I`m happy I got the maximum points. My training is going OK, so I´m hoping for better throws soon – Haratyk stated.
The men’s javelin throw contest proved to be an impressive one. As expected, there was no beating Johannes Vetter. The German started with a throw in excess of 94 metres, only to improve to 96.29! That distance was the third longest of all time – while also being the second longest achieved in the Silesian Stadium. Poland’s Marcin Krukowski had a good competition, taking second place with 85.12.
– I`m satisfied with today`s result. I trained very well in the off season and the work is bearing fruit – was Krukowski’s post-competition comment.
Malwina Kopron was another Polish runner-up, taking second place in the hammer throw. On Saturday in the Silesian Stadium, Kopron’s best was 73.18.
– The throws were not technically perfect, but I’m proud I can represent Poland at such an important event – Kopron said.
Also finishing in second was the Polish women’s 4×100 metre relay. The lineup of Marika Popowicz-Drapała, Klaudia Adamek, Katarzyna Sokólska and Marlena Gola reached the line in a time of 43.83.
Three more Polish athletes finished in third positions. One of them was Adrianna Szóstak, with a personal best of 13.96 in the triple jump.
– Not only did I achieve my best performance ever, but I beat Patricia Mamona. My next goal are the national championships in Poznan. I believe I can still improve on today`s results – stated Szóstak.
Michał Rozmys finished the 1500 metre race in third place as well, with a time of 3:57.13. The same placing was achieved by Angelika Sarna in the 800 metres, with 2:02.54.
Fourth places were achieved by Renata Pliś (3000 metres – 9:16.10), Daria Zabawska (discus throw – 56.86), Przemysław Słowikowski (10.42 in the 100 metres) and the men’s 4×100 metre relay team (39.16). Joanna Linkiewicz took fifth in the 400 metre hurdles (57.54). Finishing in sixth were the 400 metre hurdler Patryk Dobek (51.12), long jumper Mateusz Różański (7.46) and pole vaulter Victoria Kalitta (3.90). Dariusz Kowaluk (47.28 in the 400 metres) and Aleksander Wiącek (14:20.37 in the 5000 metres) reached the finish in seventh.
At the end of the first day, Poland is in second place, with just 0.5 points separating them from the leaders, the UK team. The third place, 1 point behind the Poles, is occupied by the Germans. The competition will conclude tomorrow, with the day’s events starting at 1 PM.
Standings after day 1:
1. Great Britain & Northern Ireland 95
2. Poland 94.5
3. Germany 93.5
4. Italy 87
5. France 83,5
6. Spain 81
7. Portugal 48.5
The national partners of the European Athletics Team Championships Silesia 2021 are PKN ORLEN and Węglokoks. The official partner of the European Athletics Team Championships Silesia 2021 is Totalizator Sportowy, owner of the LOTTO brand.
The organisation of the European Athletics Team Championships Silesia 2021 has been supported financially by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.
Stadion Śląski Sp. z o.o.