Highlights from days 2 and 3 of the NC: m110H (+0.2) 1 Artur Noga 13.29 SB (only 0.02 off the NR) mHT 1 Szymon Ziółkowski 77.74 (his 14th national title) 2 Wojciech Nowicki 75.64 3 Paweł Fajdek 75.22 still worryingly inconsistent mSP 1 Tomasz Majewski 20.69 (11th national title, also had a big foul well over 21m) wPV 1 Anna Rogowska 4.55 That clearance looked like it was worth no less than 4.80, but she failed 3 times at 4.65. Still very inconsistent in her technique... But I guess the fact that she started the competition after everyone else finished vaulting might have made it harder. m200 (+1.1) 1 Karol Zalewski 20.49 m400 1 Marcin Marciniszyn 45.98 2 Kacper Kozłowski 46.01 3 Łukasz Krawczuk 46.13 m1500 1 Krzysztof Żebrowski 3:38.94 2 Marcin Lewandowski 3:38.98 outdoor PB (he also served as a pacemaker in the race) wHJ 1 Justyna Kasprzycka 1.92 2 Urszula Domel 1.89 3 Kamila Stepaniuk 1.89 (just when I praised her for jumping consistently high ) mJT 1 Hubert Chmielak 80.28 PB w1500 1 Renata Pliś 4:09.30 wDT 1 Żaneta Glanc 59.13 2 Joanna Wiśniewska 58.94 w200 (+1.0) 1 Marika Popowicz 23.24 w100H (+1.4) 1 Karolina Kołeczek 13.21
norunner wrote:Katarzyna Kowalska won a 3000H race in Bottrop/GER today in 9:42.38, which in case she needs it is below the IAAF A-standard. Kinda surprised to see a polish name in the results, is there no requirement for polish athletes to compete at the national championships?
Yes, there is. But she might still make it to Toruń to compete there on Sunday.
And so she did. She won the national title in the SC yesterday in 10:00.38.
The Polish team won four more medals at the EJC in Rieti for a total of 3 golds, 4 silvers and 1 bronze w4x400 gold 3:32.63 NJR m4x100 gold 39.80 m4x400 silver 3:05.07 w1500 silver Sofia Ennaoui 4:20.20
And here's the preliminary lineup of the WCh team, as announced after the NC Men 200 Karol Zalewski 800 Adam Kszczot, Marcin Lewandowski 3000SC Krystian Zalewski, Łukasz Parszczyński + either Tomasz Szymkowiak or Mateusz Demczyszak (TBD after London DL) 110H Artur Noga HJ Szymon Kiecana + either Wojciech Theiner or Piotr Śleboda (TBD) PV Robert Sobera SP Tomasz Majewski, Jakub Szyszkowski DT Piotr Małachowski, Robert Urbanek HT Paweł Fajdek, Szymon Ziółkowski JT Łukasz Grzeszczuk 20kw Dawid Tomala, Rafał Augustyn 50kW Adrian Błocki, Grzegorz Sudoł, Łukasz Nowak 4x100 Zalewski, Kamil Kryński, Grzegorz Zimniewicz, Remigiusz Olszewski, Robert Kubaczyk 4x400 Marcin Marciniszyn, Kacper Kozłowski, Łukasz Krawczuk, Rafał Omelko, Patryk Dobek Women 1500 Renata Pliś (TBC after London DL) 5000 Dominika Nowakowska 10000 Karolina Jarzyńska 3000SC Katarzyna Kowalska HJ Kamila Stepaniuk, Justyna Kasprzycka PV Anna Rogowska TJ Anna Jagaciak DT Żaneta Glanc HT Anita Włodarczyk Hep Karolina Tymińska 20kW Katarzyna Kwoka, Paulina Buziak, Agnieszka Dygacz 4x100 Marika Popowicz, Weronika Wedler, Marta Jeschke, Ewelina Ptak, Martyna Opoń 4x400 Justyna Święty, Małgorzata Hołub, Iga Baumgart, Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz, Agata Bednarek
Paweł Fajdek's form is still worrying... He competed in Karlstad twice on 22 and 23 July and NMed on both occasions Szymon Ziółkowski threw 76.11 on day 1 and 74.52 on day 2.
Piotr Małachowski took the win in the DL in London with 67.35 and has taken the lead in the DL standings. Artur Noga finished third in 13.31, once again getting close to the NR. The other Poles competing in London didn't do much. Anna Rogowska cleared only her initial height of 4.40. Renata Pliś finished 7th in the slow 1500 in 4:10.00. Adam Kszczot was a poor 9th with 1:45.65, and the women's 4x100 team DNFed
In the national U18 champs, Ewa Swoboda set yet another national youth record with 11.54 (+1.6) in the 100, and also set a PB at 200 with 23.92. Katarzyna Furmanek also improved her own NYR in the HT with 69.56, and Dawid Żebrowski beat Artur Noga's national mark with 13.55 in the high hirdles. Konrad Bukowiecki took the SP with 21.32.
The final WC team as announced yesterday, with minor changes compared to the earlier version (SBs in parentheses): Men 200 Karol Zalewski (20.41) 800 Adam Kszczot (1:44.76), Marcin Lewandowski (1:44.20) 3000SC Krystian Zalewski (8:23.31), Mateusz Demczyszak (8:26.30) 110H Artur Noga (13.29) HJ Szymon Kiecana (2.31) PV Robert Sobera (5.61) SP Tomasz Majewski (20.89), Jakub Szyszkowski (20.16) DT Piotr Małachowski (71.84), Robert Urbanek (65.30) HT Paweł Fajdek (79.99), Szymon Ziółkowski (78.79) JT Łukasz Grzeszczuk (83.98), Marcin Krukowski (83.04) 20kw Dawid Tomala (1:20:30), Rafał Augustyn (1:21:13) 50kW Adrian Błocki (3:50:48), Grzegorz Sudoł (3:46:42), Łukasz Nowak (3:42:47/2012) 4x100 Zalewski, Kamil Kryński, Grzegorz Zimniewicz, Robert Kubaczyk, Jakub Adamski, Artur Zaczek 4x400 Marcin Marciniszyn, Kacper Kozłowski, Łukasz Krawczuk, Rafał Omelko, Patryk Dobek Women 200 Marika Popowicz (23.24) 1500 Renata Pliś (4:06.39) 5000 Dominika Nowakowska (15:16.11) 10000 Karolina Jarzyńska (31:43.51) 3000SC Katarzyna Kowalska (9:42.35) HJ Kamila Stepaniuk (1.99), Justyna Kasprzycka (1.95) PV Anna Rogowska (4.60) TJ Anna Jagaciak (14.21) DT Żaneta Glanc (62.78) HT Anita Włodarczyk (76.93) Hep Karolina Tymińska (6360) 20kW Katarzyna Kwoka (1:29:21), Paulina Buziak (1:30:15), Agnieszka Dygacz (1:30:58) 4x100 Popowicz, Weronika Wedler, Marta Jeschke, Ewelina Ptak, Martyna Opoń 4x400 Justyna Święty, Małgorzata Hołub, Iga Baumgart, Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz, Agata Bednarek
nevetsllim wrote:Are Chojecka and Frankiewicz retired now?
I don' think I've seen aby official announcements, but It looks like they are. Speaking of retirements, Marek Plawgo announced he would call it quits after these championships. He's been trying to come back to top shape with Little success in the last couple of years, and struggling with various injuries, and he's now given up hope of making it.
I heard Frankiewicz has just given birth to a baby girl?
nevetsllim wrote:I heard Frankiewicz has just given birth to a baby girl?
That's right I still don't know if she's officially retired, but she's now 36, so I guess a comeback to top form at this age is a bit unlikely. Plus in the last few seasons she's been injured most of the time and it's been a while since she's done anything of note.
Here's my assessment of the Polish team's chances: Men
200 Karol Zalewski (20.41) Should be able to make the semis, which wouldn't be bad for a 20-year old. Definitely worth keeping an eye on for the future.
800 Adam Kszczot (1:44.76), Marcin Lewandowski (1:44.20) Lewandowski has been running OK, if not spectacularly well. He's a proven championship performer, so I guess he's got a fairly good chance of making the final again. Kszczot has been in poor form by his standard this year, after moving to a new coach. Judging by recent results, it's hard to see him in the final... unless this time he peaks at the right time (something he evidently had problems with under the previous coach).
3000SC Krystian Zalewski (8:23.31), Mateusz Demczyszak (8:26.30) Can't see them making it through the heats
110H Artur Noga (13.29) He's been getting faster as the season goes on, and he's shown he can step it up in major champs in the past, so I'd say he ought to be good enough to make the final. And his start, which had been a major problem area, has definitely improved this year. He might possibly run a sub-13.2, if the conditions are right
HJ Szymon Kiecana (2.31) He hasn't show any consistency at a level close to his best (his second best of the year is just 2.25), so I'd be surprised if he made the final
PV Robert Sobera (5.61) I'm actually thinking he might have a chance of making the final. It might take a PB, but he did just that at the EIC this year , so why not again?
SP Tomasz Majewski (20.89), Jakub Szyszkowski (20.16) Majewski should be a lock for a top 8 placing, but unlike many others on these boards, I don't really see him taking a medal this time. Not totally impossible, but unlikely IMO. Szyszkowski will be there mostly for the experience. He might possibly make the top 12 if he operates at his very best level, but I'm not really expecting him to.
DT Piotr Małachowski (71.84), Robert Urbanek (65.30) Małachowski is a medal favorite, although not a lock by any means. At his best he might actually win, but his consistency this year is a bit suspect, and even without Hadadi, the competition is pretty stiff. Urbanek isn't totally dependable, but on a good day might even sneak into the top 8.
HT Paweł Fajdek (79.99), Szymon Ziółkowski (78.79) Fajdek is a big ? at the moment. His recent results have been awful, and I have genuinely no idea what to make of his chances. He might equally well take a medal or do a NM in qualifying. Ziółkowski, on the other hand, is consistently good in majors and has been throwing fairly well this season, and so he should make the top 8 again.
JT Łukasz Grzeszczuk (83.98), Marcin Krukowski (83.04) Both were throwing consistently well in May, but a lot less so since then. I'd be happy if either of the two made it through qualifying, TBH.
20kW Dawid Tomala (1:20:30), Rafał Augustyn (1:21:13) Not expecting much here... The Poles never seem to perform up to potential in this event, so I guess a top 15 placing would be good.
50kW Adrian Błocki (3:50:48), Grzegorz Sudoł (3:46:42), Łukasz Nowak (3:42:47/2012) Both Nowak and Sudoł have the potential to finish in the top 8. Nowak hasn't done a 50k since finishing 9th in London, but has been doing well at 20, so I guess he is in pretty good form. Sudoł had a good 50 in Dudince this year and has the record of success in majors, although his recent performances at 20 haven't been all that encouraging. Błocki is a new face and I'm not expecting much of him; a top 20 placing would be OK.
4x100 Zalewski, Kamil Kryński, Grzegorz Zimniewicz, Robert Kubaczyk, Jakub Adamski, Artur Zaczek In terms of individual speed, the team looks better than last year, when they set a NR in London. There are new faces in the squad, so it might not be quite as well drilled, but a place in the final should be possible if the handovers go well.
4x400 Marcin Marciniszyn, Kacper Kozłowski, Łukasz Krawczuk, Rafał Omelko, Patryk Dobek It's not a vintage year for Polish 400. Based on individual results, the best I can see them run is a 3:02 (and even that's a stretch), so making the final is doubtful.
Women 200 Marika Popowicz (23.24) It's only a warmup before the relay, really, and she's unlikely to even make the semis.
1500 Renata Pliś (4:06.39) Not running particularly well this year, I can't see her making the final.
5000 Dominika Nowakowska (15:16.11) Good progress this year, but she'll be out of her depth at the WC. As above.
10000 Karolina Jarzyńska (31:43.51) It's a pity she's not doing the marathon, where she would have a chance of doing well. Here, she might challenge her own NR (depending on conditions and pace of the race), but even that is probably going to put her closer to the bottom than the top of the field.
3000SC Katarzyna Kowalska (9:42.35) Not in final-making form by any means this year.
HJ Kamila Stepaniuk (1.99), Justyna Kasprzycka (1.95) Stepaniuk had a couple of good competitions apart from that 1.99, including WUG gold with 1.96, and some bad ones as well (bronze in the NC!). She's certainly capable of making the final and actually placing well in it (I'm thinking top 6, potentially), but I wouldn't bet much on her doing well. Kasprzycka's 1.95 was a bit of a one-off and making the final will be difficult, though not totally out of the question.
PV Anna Rogowska (4.60) Hard one to predict. She's been having major technical issues all season, but with an occasional clearance suggesting 4.80+ potential. If she can somehow get it together in the next couple of weeks, she's still a potential medalist. But I'm afraid the more likely version is that she's going to struggle the way she has all year.
TJ Anna Jagaciak (14.21) It's not exactly a great year for women's TJ, which is why she possibly has an outside chance of making the top 12.
DT Żaneta Glanc (62.78) She hasn't had a great season. Unless she peaks exceptionally well, I'd say top 12 is realistic, but top 8 a bit out of reach.
HT Anita Włodarczyk (76.93) Best bet for a medal of the entire team, IMO, and the only one whose absence from the podium would be a major upset. Very consistent, and her form has been steadily improving throughout the season. A win isn't out of the question, either (though she probably isn't considered the no. 1 favorite).
Hep Karolina Tymińska (6360) Her competitions so far this year were unspectacular, but she said that was due to a few niggles, and she feels ready for a PB in Moscow. The way the heptathlon scene is looking right now, who knows... a medal isn't out of the question.
20kW Katarzyna Kwoka (1:29:21), Paulina Buziak (1:30:15), Agnieszka Dygacz (1:30:58) Same thing as in the men's 20, their SBs aren't bad, but I'm still not expecting much. If any of them makes the top 15, I'll be satisfied.
4x100 Popowicz, Weronika Wedler, Marta Jeschke, Ewelina Ptak, Martyna Opoń Highly unlikely to make the final, I'm afraid.
4x400 Justyna Święty, Małgorzata Hołub, Iga Baumgart, Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz, Agata Bednarek It's a young team, and they've progressed well in the last couple of years. Looking at individual bests, they might be able to go sub-3:27 this year. Making the final will be difficult, but at least they're likely to improve in the coming years.
We're halfway through the WC, so here's the assessment of the Poles' performances so far:
Men 800 Marcin Lewandowski 4th (1:44.08), Adam Kszczot 4sf (1:45.68) Lewandowski peaked well yet again for majors. Not that close to the podium, but he was the top European once again and set a PB to boot. Deffo a great performance. Kszczot wasn't too bad. Considering his indifferent form all year, and his recent injury, I guess he did as much as could have been expected.
3000SC Krystian Zalewski DQ h, Mateusz Demczyszak 11h (8:34.60) Zalewski's run wasn't bad, if he hadn't been DQed, he wouldn't have been far away from making the final. Demczyszak ran poorly, but then I didn't expect much, either.
110H Artur Noga 6sf (13.35) He was a bit unlucky in that his semi was so much stronger than the other one; he had the 7th time overall, but missed making the final by 0.01... It wasn't a bad run, but I expected him to peak well and break his PB, so I can't help being somewhat disappointed.
HJ Szymon Kiecana 25q (2.17) Didn't expect much, but that was still a piss-poor showing.
PV Robert Sobera NH q Obviously not a good result, but he's young and it was his debut at this level, so I won't dwell too much on that.
DT Piotr Małachowski silver (68.36), Robert Urbanek 6th (64.32) Małachowski did what he was expected to do. It's a shame he didn't start off well; that could have put some pressure on Harting. But I can't fault him for the end result Great performance by Urbanek. OK, looking at the final results, he might have even been capable of getting the bronze (that would have been a big shock), but that's just me being greedy.
HT Paweł Fajdek gold (81.97), Szymon Ziółkowski 9th (76.84) Fajdek was sensational, nuff said I was a bit disappointed with Ziółkowski. He didn't peak as well as usual, and it's the first time in a long time he didn't make the top 8.
20kw Rafał Augustyn 19th (1:24:03), Dawid Tomala DNF An OK performance by Augustyn by the normal standards of our 20k specialists. Not spectacular, but not awful. Not sure what happened to Tomala, so I'm withholding judgment.
50kW Grzegorz Sudoł 6th (3:41:20), Łukasz Nowak 8th (3:43:38), Adrian Błocki 21st (3:51:00) Great comeback by Sudoł after a couple of seasons spoiled by injuries. He actually set a PB, and wasn't that far off the podium. He showed he can still be a contender. Good performance by Nowak as well. He was a bit slower than in London, and a bit further off the pace, but he's still one to look out for in the future. Błocki came very close to his PB, and considering he's just 23 and it was his debut in majors, it was a pretty good showing.
Women 1500 Renata Pliś 7sf (4:08.02) Better than I expected. Made it to the semis in pretty good style, and acquitted herself well there. Had her semi been faster, she might even have made the final on time.
10000 Karolina Jarzyńska 15th (32:54.15) She wasn't expected to do much, but over a minute down on her best time... That really was poor.
3000SC Katarzyna Kowalska 10h (9:44.12) She ran better than I expected. Close to her SB, and not far from making the final, either (although TBH, the overall level was well down on previous years).
PV Anna Rogowska NH q A disappointment, obviously, although not totally unexpected given how she struggled technically all season.
DT Żaneta Glanc 7th (62.90) Set a SB and made the top 8; you couldn't ask for much more. I still think she's underachieving somewhat, but in the context of this season, it's definitely a success.
Hep Karolina Tymińska 9th (6270) A major disappointment I had strong hopes for a medal here, but she didn't even match her results from earlier in the year. Looked out of sorts in all events, except possibly the 800. I doubt she'll ever get another chance like this, with medals coming much cheaper than normal...
20kW Paulina Buziak 30th (1:33:30), Agnieszka Dygacz 44th (1:34:42), Katarzyna Kwoka 53th (1:36:54) The less said, the better. Yet again all three were several minutes off their bests, and finished way down the field. Sending Polish female walkers to major championships seems a total waste of money.
Overall, 2 medals so far (gold and silver), 7 top 8 places, and 27 points. Not a bad showing so far... butI suspect the second half won't be as good.
[quote="Powell"]Here's the assessment of the performances of the remainder of the team
Men 200 Karol Zalewski 8sf (20.66) He did well to make the semis (albeit he was lucky to get there). His main goal this year was the Euro U23s, so the fact that he was some way off his PB was forgivable.
SP Tomasz Majewski 6th (20.98), Jakub Szyszkowski 17th (19.36) I never considered Majewski much of a medal contender, so I'll say he did well to get a SB and place well in the final. Szyszkowski at his best would have been capable of making it to the final, but I'm not going to criticize him too much; it was his debut in a major championship, and he has a way to go to achieve real consistency.
JT Marcin Krukowski 25th (76.93), Łukasz Grzeszczuk 28th (74.72) That was a poor showing by both of them. OK, I didn't have high expectations, but Grzeszczuk at least has been throwing much farther than this all season.
4x100 team 5ht (38.51) That was actually a pretty good run, considering the lack of Dariusz Kuć, and the fact that 2 of the guys are new on the squad this year, so the team isn't as well drilled as usual. Only 0.1 away from making the final, and I think they are likely to get faster in the next couple of years.
4x400 team 5ht (3:01.73) Looking at their individual performances this year, this was an excellent run. They were very unlucky with the seeding of the heats, and really deserved to make the final (they had the 7th time overall), but so it goes...
Women 200 Marika Popowicz 4ht (23.22) Set a SB, so no complaints there. It was mostly a warmup before the relays, anyway.
5000 Dominika Nowakowska 14th (15:58.26) I didn't expect her to make the final, but getting through the heats turned out to be extremely easy. She was predictably outclassed in the final, possibly more so than one might have expected.
HJ Justyna Kasprzycka 6th (1.97), Kamila Stepaniuk 7th (1.93) Great performance by Kasprzycka to improve her PB by 2cm. To think that if she'd cleared it first time instead of 3rd, she would have taken a medal... Solid showing by Stepaniuk as well. 1.97 would have been the second highest jump of her career, so I can't hold it too much against her that she didn't go that high.
TJ Anna Jagaciak 10th (13.95) Fairly solid, if unspectacular jumping. Making the final was unexpectedly easy, so I wouldn't say it was a huge success that she made it, but at least she didn't disappoint.
HT Anita Włodarczyk silver (78.46) Fantastic performance, and a new NR (beating her own then-WR from 2010). Too bad she had some technical problems - I believe she had only 2 attempts when the hammer didn't touch the cage. I can't wait to see what she can still do this season. The WR may even be under threat.
4x100 team 5ht (43.18) A pretty good run; it's just that they are way too slow individually to make an impact.
4x400 team 3rd (3:29.75) Only 0.13 off a place in the final, but that was really disappointing. The time they ran was virtually the same as the U23 team ran this year, and that without Wyciszkiewicz, the fastest Pole of the season. I guess they all peaked for the U23s and EJC, and were off their best at this point of the season.
Overall, there were 3 medals (1-2-0), 11 top 8 placings and 43.5 points (10th place in the points table). Way better than London, and very similar (in points terms) to Osaka and Daegu (only Berlin 2009 was much better in recent history). Pretty much a standard showing; not bad, but not spectacularly great, either.
Anita Włodarczyk won in Dubnica today with 78.22 - the 3rd best throw of her career. She's now very close to winning the overall HT Challenge (currently leads by nearly 6 meters from Heidler). And BTW, Jeneva McCall finished second with a PB of 74.77.
Paweł Fajdek improved His PB again to 82.27 WL, but in the end was overtaken by Pars's 82.40 Szymon Ziółkowski finished 7th with 76.23. Fajdek has gone into the lead in the Challenge, but he's merely 6 cm ahead of Pars.