Mikołajczyk did another heptathlon in Kladno this weekend, trying to get the Polish federation's qualifying standard for the EC, which is 6000. She looked to be on target until the poor result in JT, where she only got 38.94, and she ended up with 5910. Her HJ was 1.89 this time - second best of her career (and heptathlon PB).
And here's a summary of other Polish results from the last few days:
Tomasz Majewski won at the Oslo DL with 21.36, beating Armstrong and Storl by more than half a meter. In the same meet, Łukasz Michalski was third with 5.52, while Paweł Wojciechowski no-heighted. Żaneta Glanc placed fourth with 63.00.
At the DL in NYC, Monika Pyrek was the only Pole competing. She placed fourth, but more importantly, she finally got the Olympic qualifying standard of 4.50.
Matylda Szlęzak also qualified for the Olympics with 9:39.87 in the steeplechase in Huelva, beating her previous PB by about 9 seconds. Also at that meet, Mateusz Demczyszak set a big PB at 1500 with 3:36.15 (over 2.5s faster than his previous best and only 0.65 off the Oly standard).
In Lille on Saturday, Anita Włodarczyk won with 73.69, while Joanna Fiodorow finished 3rd with 71.22. Łukasz Michalski cleared 5.62 for 2nd place, while Wojciechowski, originally due to compete, had withdrawn.
Yesterday in St. Wendel, Majewski beat Storl again with 21.21. Igor Janik won the JT with 82.11, which is above the Olympic A standard, but the Polish federation does not recognize performances from int'l meets which aren't at least of EAA permit status, so no luck for him.
Ivan Ukhov's 2.37 from Opole has already been reported in another thread, so I'll just add that Sylwester Bednarek was 6th with 2.20. Not bad for first competition after such a long break, but it's hard to see him getting back to his best this year.
nianchengyu wrote:I wonder when will Karolina TYMIŃSKA and Chuzik compete?No competion for chuzik since 2011 indoors,no competions for Tminska oudoors this year.
Interestingly, Chudzik is on the entry list for the nat'l champs this weekend in the JT. I heard Tymińska intends to make a comeback at the European Champs, but there is still doubt over whether she'll be healthy and ready.
The national championships are taking place this weekend (15-17 June) in Bielsko-Biała. It's considered a fast track, and the weather forecasts are looking very good (25+C and sunny), so I'm hoping for some good results. This competition will be the final qualification for the ECh team, but many of Poland's top stars are not planning on going to Helsinki anyway. More importantly, it will be a chance to achieve the Olympic qualifiers. Generally, to qualify for the OG, Polish athletes need the A standard (except the marathon and walks, where tougher standards were set by the nat'l federation) achieved in a meet of a certain level.
As usual, the NC will feature all of Poland's top athletes (the most notable absentee is the injured Karolina Tymińska). Anna Rogowska will making her outdoor season debut and assuming she's healthy, she should have no problem getting the Olympic qualifier. Lidia Chojecka will also be racing for the first time this season.
I'm expecting the highlights to be the throwing events (mostly men's and women's HT, men's DT, Majewski in SP) and possibly the PV (with Paweł Wojciechowski still in search of the Olympic qualifier). Kszczot vs. Lewandowski at 800 could be a great race if it materialized, but if the previous couple of years are anything to go by, there's a good chance Lewandowski will go for the 1500 only (he's currently entered at 400, 800 and 1500).
The 20k walks for both men and women will be important in that these are the only events where more than 3 people have the Oly qualifiers, so the results here will play a big part in the decision on who goes to London.
Here's the list of athletes who have met the Olympic qualification criteria as of today (there were more qualifiers in the 50k walk, but the team for that event has already been nominated, so I'm listing only the three who were selected): Men 800m Adam Kszczot 1:43.83, Marcin Lewandowski 1:44.34 Mar Henryk Szost 2:07:39, Marcin Chabowski 2:10:07 110mH Artur Noga 13.45 3000mSC Łukasz Parszczyński 8:21.80 PV Łukasz Michalski 5.72 SP Tomasz Majewski 21.60 DT Piotr Małachowski 68.94, Robert Urbanek 66.93, Przemysław Czajkowski 65.61 HT Paweł Fajdek 81.39, Szymon Ziółkowski 78.51 JT Paweł Rakoczy 84.99, Bartosz Osewski 83.89 20kW Dawid Tomala 1:20:50, Rafał Augustyn 1:20:53, Grzegorz Sudoł 1:20:58, Rafał Sikora 1:21:04 (2011), Jakub Jelonek 1:21:05, Łukasz Nowak 1:21:12, Rafał Fedaczyński 1:21:21 50kW Łukasz Nowak 3:44:24, Rafał Fedaczyński 3:46:05, Rafał Sikora 3:46:52 Women 1500m Renata Pliś 4:04.48 Mar Karolina Jarzyńska 2:27:16 (2011) 400mH Anna Jesień 55.46 3000mSC Matylda Szlęzak 9:39.87, Katarzyna Kowalska 9:41.29 PV Monika Pyrek 4.50 DT Żaneta Glanc 65.34 HT Anita Włodarczyk 75.60, Joanna Fiodorow 74.18 20kW Paulina Buziak 1:29:44, Agnieszka Szwarnóg 1:30:56, Agnieszka Dygacz 1:30:56 (2011), Katarzyna Kwoka 1:31:25
Of the relay teams, only the men's 4x1 has a sure qualifying place, currently sitting in 7th place in the qualifying. The other teams will have to do well in the Europeans to make sure they are in the top 16. In the men's 4x4 Poland is in 16th and needs one more good performance, but with the form they've been showing so far this year, things are not looking too good. The women's 4x4 is actually looking a bit better at the moment - they are currently 18th, but they recently ran 3:29 and if they can repeat that in Helsinki, they should be OK for a qualifying place. The women's 4x1 team has been consistently running high 43s, which just doesn't cut it; they are currently in 17th and will need to speed up by a few tenths if they are to have a chance.
Łukasz Michalski won the PV with 5.60, and none of the others could go higher than 5.30
Women's 100 (+0.2): 1 Daria Korczyńska 11.39 (her fastest run since 2008) 2 Marta Jeschke 11.42 3 Marika Popowicz 11.43 This is much faster than they'd been running this season, so I'm hoping the relay team can soon improve enough to qualify for London.
The weather in Bielsko was perfect for sprinting and jumping (hot, sunny, mostly slight tailwind). Thus there were a lot of PBs and SBs and the overall level was pretty good, but there was nothing nothing earth-shattering. Actually, not a single new athlete qualified for the OG, although quite a few got EC qualifiers.
Anna Rogowska withdrew from the NC. Apparently her Achilles is still not quite all right. There's no talk of her missing the OG yet, but she doesn't have much time left to qualify...
Marcin Lewandowski also withdrew, but I haven't heard anything about the reasons.
Sylwester Bednarek re-injured himself during the competition Just when I thought he might be coming back to some sort of form, his Achilles could't take it yet again.
Marcin Starzak also hurt himself during the LJ competition and had to withdraw after 2 jumps. Don't know how serious the injury may be.
Highlights of day 2 and 3: Men 200 (-0.1) 1 Kamil Kryński 20.57 2 Dariusz Kuć 20.59 PB Kryński set a PB in the heats with 20.56 (+1.3), beating his previous best by 0.24. He's 0.01 off the Olympic A standard, but he'll be going to London with the relay team anyway, so I guess he'll be entered individually, too. 400 1 Piotr Wiaderek 45.46 PB 2 Marcin Marciniszyn 45.63 3 Kacper Kozłowski 45.89 4 Kamil Budziejewski 46.01 PB The guys are finally rounding into shape, it looks like the relay team should qualify for the OG all right as long as they don't mess it up in Helsinki 800 1 Adam Kszczot 1:46.53 2 Szymon Krawczyk 1:47.16 PB 1500 1 Bartosz Nowicki 3:38.93 2 Damian Roszko 3:39.94 PB 110H (+0.1) 1 Artur Noga 13.38 2 Dominik Bochenek 13.76 In the heats Noga ran 13.45 (+1.8) and Bochenek 13.59 (+1.5) 400H 1 Marek Plawgo 49.96 HJ 1 Szymon Kiecana 2.28 PB by 3 cm, and he had one very close attempt at 2.31 LJ 1 Tomasz Jaszczuk 8.05 TJ 1 Karol Hoffmann 16.98 PB by 39 cm! and the longest jump by a Pole since 1995 DT 1 Piotr Małachowski 66.89 2 Przemysław Czajkowski 63.47 3 Robert Urbanek 62.85 HT 1 Paweł Fajdek 80.32 (also had a 80.24) 2 Szymon Ziółkowski 78.25 JT 1 Igor Janik 81.31 Women 200 (+3.1) 1 Marika Popowicz 23.18 400 1 Agata Bednarek 52.41 PB Top 4 all set PBs, all under 53, and two of them are born in 1992. Still not great, but there are definite signs of improvement after the shitty level in this event in the last couple of years. 800 1 Angelika Cichocka 2:01.71 (the women were going for an Oly qualifier - first lap was 57.6, but they couldn't keep it up) 1500 1 Renata Pliś 4:06.96 2 Lidia Chojecka 4:07.86 (first outdoor competition of the year) 3 Danuta Urbanik 4:08.32 PB 400H 1 Anna Jesień 55.74 2 Tina Matusińska 55.87 PV 1 Monika Pyrek 4.45 LJ 1 Teresa Dobija 6.65 2 Anna Jagaciak 6.61 DT 1 Joanna Wiśniewska 61.92 (40 years old, won her first title in 1995!) 2 Żaneta Glanc 60.80 Glanc had a very bad competition, until the sixth round her best was 54.98
The national federation announced that Wojciechowski, Rogowska and Tymińska would be nominated for the Olympic team even if they do not get the qualifiers by 8 July. These nominations will need to be approved by the Polish Olympic Committee, though.
Mutaz Essa Barshim jumped 2.31 yesterday in Warsaw.
There were a few high-class results at the national junior champs in Białystok over the weekend. Men 100/200 Karol Zalewski 10.51 (+0.7)/ 20.99 (0.0) 400 Patryk Dobek (94) 46.25, Rafał Smoleń (94) 46.81 SP Krzysztof Brzozowski 21.14 NJR (no. 2 in the world this year and no. 6 all time) DT Wojciech Praczyk 64.22 NJR WJL Women 200/ 400 Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz (94) 23.73 (+0.5)/ 52.82 HT Malwina Kopron (94) 64.88 (she also won JT with 51.66 )
Praczyk and Brzozowski look like surefire medal candidates for the WJC. The men's 4x4 also looks good for a possible medal. Kopron might have a chance, and even Dobek could surprise (BTW, does anyone know if Luguelin Santos is doing the WJC?) Overall, the Polish team's chances definitely look better than at the last couple of editions.
Karol Hoffmann jumped 17.09 in the TJ qualifying! That's another PB by 11 cm, moving him to no. 3 on the Polish all-time list (44 cm off his father's NR). Still 11 cm away from the A standard, though.
Otherwise, none of the people I expected to fight for Olympic qualifying has done much. Plawgo was just a bit under 51 and didn't come anywhere near making the final. Matusińska was also significantly slower than at the NC.
The people who have already qualified for London are not doing great, either. Ziółkowski only just made the final, Pyrek is out, Matylda Szlęzak was way off the pace in the SC heats.
The 400 men all made it to the semis, but didn't make much of an impression, especially national champion Piotr Wiaderek, who barely made it as a lucky loser. The women were all way off their form from the NC, and only Agata Bednarek made the semis. I'm a bit worried about the 4x4 relays now - with this sort of running they'll have a hard time qualifying for the OG. Unless the reason they're not running fast is that they're saving it for the relays...
Since I forgot to write about the Polish performances in the second half of the EC, a quick summary:
Four medals (1-0-3) in total, which is more or less as expected, given the lineup. Overall, though, it looked like most Poles peaked for the NC and were no longer in the same sort of shape. There were certainly more disappointments than pleasant surprises for the team as a whole.
Anita Włodarczyk was the obvious favorite after Heidler's elimination, and she won fairly easily with a very consistent series. She's still not in Olympic medal winning form, but I'm assuming she knows she's supposed to reach peak form in August, so she'll be a contender.
Artur Noga had a great race in the final, equalling Artur Kohutek's national record of 13.27, and finishing 3rd not far behind Shubenkov and Darien. He's always improved throughout the season in the past, and peaked well for major championships, so I am hoping for more progress, and a place in the final in London. The most encouraging part is he's clearly worked a lot on his start. In the past, that was a huge problem as he always seemed to be 2 meters behind everyone else at the first hurdle.
Szymon Ziółkowski won his first ever EC medal, after three fifth places in the past ('98, '06, '10). Basically, he took advantage of the weakened field and wet conditions, which seemed to affect most people more than him, but a medal's a medal. He could still place well in London - certainly in the top 8, and depending on the standard, with some luck could even come close to a medal (although Fajdek is obviously the stronger contender now).
The women's 4x100 relay was certainly a pleasant surprise. After running high 43's over the last couple of years, 43.13 in the heats and 43.06 for a bronze medal in the final were never expected. With these times they qualified for the OG in 10th place on the qualifier list and now look like they've got a fairly good chance of making the Olympic final.
The men's 4x100, considered a stronger medal chance, lost the baton in the heats, but since it took a 38.4 to get on the podium, I'm not convinced they would have had a chance in the end anyway. At least they were already sure of going to London, so shouldn't be too worried.
Neither of the 4x4 teams did great, but they qualified for London, too. The men took 4th with 3:02, which gives at least some hope they could improve enough to make the Oly final. The women were very lucky to make the final by 0.008 (!) ahead of Belarus, and they used the chance to get the Olympic qualifier in the final (just barely) despite finishing 8th. Obviously no chance to make the London final, though.
Karol Hoffmann was a bit disappointing in the final after that great PB in qualifying. He will be doing the DL in Paris tomorrow, hoping to get the Olympic qualifier. Of the other people aspiring to the Olympic team some did very poorly: Joanna Wiśniewska out of the top 8 with 57 meters. Angelika Cichocka, Lidia Chojecka and Mateusz Demczyszak didn't even come close to making the final at 1500. Bartosz Nowicki finished 5th in the final, but didn't look to be in the same form as at the NC.
Many Polish athletes competed in various meets last weekend hoping to get the Olympic qualifiers, but to no effect. The Polish federation stuck strictly to its A-qualifier only policy, which is a bit of a shame - Karol Hoffmann, for one, is in the top 20 on the TJ world list, has improved by half a meter this year, and would have a chance of making the final. The other one I'm sorry for is Joanna Wiśniewska in DT. She was throwing very well at the NC, and would also be capable of making the final. Plus she's 40, so this was probably her last chance of doing something internationally. But in her case I can't blame the federation - she was 8 cm off the A standard, and Żaneta Glanc is going, so selecting Wiśniewska was not an option. Bartosz Nowicki, fifth in the EC at 1500, and Marek Plawgo, coming back from injuries into some sort of form, are other victims of the Polish selection policy whom I would have given a chance (both have the B standard), but, well, everybody knew the rules...
So, here's the full team listing, with SBs: Men 100 Dariusz Kuć (10.20) 200 Kamil Kryński (20.56) 400 Marcin Marciniszyn (45.63) 800 Adam Kszczot (1:43.83), Marcin Lewandowski (1:44.34) Mar Henryk Szost (2:07:39), Marcin Chabowski (2:10:07) 3000SC Łukasz Parszczyński (8:21.80) 110H Artur Noga (13.27) PV Łukasz Michalski (5.72) SP Tomasz Majewski (21.60) DT Piotr Małachowski (68.94), Robert Urbanek (66.93), Przemysław Czajkowski (65.61) HT Paweł Fajdek (81.39), Szymon Ziółkowski (78.51) JT Paweł Rakoczy (84.99), Bartosz Osewski (83.98), Igor Janik (82.37) 4x100 Kuć, Kryński, Jakub Adamski, Robert Kubaczyk, Kamil Masztak, Artur Zaczek 4x400 Marciniszyn, Kamil Budziejewski, Patryk Dobek, Kacper Kozłowski, Michał Pietrzak, Piotr Wiaderek 20kW Dawid Tomala (1:20:50), Rafał Augustyn (1:20:53), Grzegorz Sudoł (1:20:58) 50kW Łukasz Nowak (3:44:24), Rafał Sikora (3:46:52), Rafał Fedaczyński (3:46:05/2011) Women 100 Marta Jeschke (11.42) 200 Anna Kiełbasińska (23.50) 1500 Renata Pliś (4:04.48) Mar Karolina Jarzyńska (2:27:16/2011) 3000SC Matylda Szlęzak (9:39.87), Katarzyna Kowalska (9:41.29) 400H Anna Jesień (55.46) PV Monika Pyrek (4.50) DT Żaneta Glanc (65.33) HT Anita Włodarczyk (75.60), Joanna Fiodorow (74.18) 4x100 Jeschke, Kiełbasińska, Daria Korczyńska, Martyna Opoń, Marika Popowicz, Ewelina Ptak 4x400 Jesień, Iga Baumgart, Agata Bednarek, Magdalena Gorzkowska, Justyna Święty, Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz 20kW Paulina Buziak (1:29:44), Agnieszka Szwarnóg (1:30:56), Agnieszka Dygacz (1:31:40)
Paweł Wojciechowski and Anna Rogowska were provisionally nominated, on the condition that they meet the A standard by 30 July. Karolina Tymińska was given until 21 July, and from what I understood, is required to score a total of 4300 points in 5 events (excluding LJ and 800) while competing in non-multi meets.
It's unfortunate that Wojciechowski got injured during the accident back in December. Do you think there is any chance he will attain the norm and more importantly, get back into form just in time for the Olympics?
Wojciechowski is so unpredictable that nothing from him would surprise me either way. But if I was to guess... I'd say his chances of qualifying for London are pretty good, but I'm not expecting him to make a big impact in the OG.
Very happy for Rogowska. Not only did she qualify for the Oly team, but she showed she might still be a contender. 4.70 is a great opener, and I would think 4.75 should still be enough to medal at the Olympics. BTW, Rogowska finished third in Sotteville behind Isinbayeva (4.75) and Bleasdale (4.70).
Powell wrote:Paweł Wojciechowski and Anna Rogowska were provisionally nominated, on the condition that they meet the A standard by 30 July. Karolina Tymińska was given until 21 July, and from what I understood, is required to score a total of 4300 points in 5 events (excluding LJ and 800) while competing in non-multi meets.
I only saw Tminska threw 38.17m JV in 7/7,hoping she can qualify for oly.
Powell, is Lewandowski healthy? Its not like him to go this long without racing. I know he likes to race more before big competitions. I'm curious to find out why his last result was on June 3rd. Im crossing my fingers and hoping for Lewandowski and Kszczot to both make the Final in London.
I don't know why she was supposed to start in these 5 events excluding her best events LJ and 800m Anyway she scored 4328 so now she is prepared for more or less 6300 points (let's say that she will have 2000 points in LJ and 800m). To win an olympic medal she must improve a lot. Fortunately there are some weeks to go
Master Po wrote:I know this isn't the most important question, but could someone give an approximation of how Adam Kszczot's name is pronounced? (I'm OK w "Adam" -- it's the surname...). Thanks!
I will try to explain how to pronounce "Kszczot"......You pronounce the "K'" normally...And then the "sz" is the english "sh" sound....And you follow that by pronouncing the "cz" sound as the english "ch"...And the "ot" is pronounced normally....It comes out to be: