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Polish sprinter Swoboda ruled out of European champs due to coronavirus

04.03.2021 12:00
Polish sprinter Ewa Swoboda has been ruled out of the upcoming European Athletics Indoor Championships due to testing positive for the coronavirus.
Ewa Swoboda.
Ewa Swoboda.Photo: PAP/Tytus Żmijewski

Swoboda is the reigning European indoor champion in the women's 60m dash.

Ewa Swoboda. Ewa Swoboda. Photo: PAP/Grzegorz Michałowski

Poland has selected a team of more than 40 athletes for the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships, which are set to begin in its north-central city of Toruń on Thursday evening.

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Team Poland includes 2019 European indoor champions Michał Haratyk (shot put), Paweł Wojciechowski (pole vault), and Marcin Lewandowski (1500m), who has also entered the 3000m.

Other standout entrants on the team include European outdoor 400m champion Justyna Święty-Ersetic in the women's 400m and 4x400m relay, three-time European indoor and outdoor champion Adam Kszczot in the 800m, and 2017 European indoor champion Piotr Lisek in the pole vault.

Poland topped the medal table at the last two European Athletics Indoor Championships and will be looking to follow suit for a third time on home soil at the Toruń Arena venue.

Polish Athletics Association (PZL) head Henryk Olszewski said: “The last editions were very successful for our team. Now it's time for a test in our own backyard. I do not want to predict how many medals our team will win but I am convinced that each athlete will do everything to give their best performance.”

He added, as cited on the european-athletics.com website: “Polish athletes have worked well during the preparatory period and will provide a lot of positive emotions during the championship in Toruń.”


Source: IAR, european-athletics.com, pzla.pl