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Top athletics stars to compete in Poland’s Toruń in February

12.01.2023 23:15
Some of the world’s best track-and-field athletes are set to take part in the Orlen Copernicus Cup in the northern Polish city of Toruń on February 8.
Pia Skrzyszowska.
Pia Skrzyszowska. PAP/Łukasz Gągulski

The event is part of the prestigious World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold series, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

Some 100 athletes from 30 countries are expected to compete at the Toruń Arena, according to officials. 

In the men's long jump, for instance, Greece’s Militiadis Tentoglu, the 2020 Olympic long jump champion, will battle it out against the Olympic bronze medallist, Maykel Masso of Cuba, and America’s Marquis Dendy, who finished third at the 2022 world indoor championships in Belgrade.  

Meanwhile, in the men's pole vault, Polish multi-medalist Piotr Lisek will compete against the likes of Brazil’s Thiago Braz, who claimed bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and Ernest Obiena of the Philippines, who came third at last year's world championships in Eugene.  

In the women’s 60 metres hurdles, Poland’s European 100 metres hurdles champion Pia Skrzyszowska will be pitted against the world championship runner-up, Britany Anderson of Jamaica, and the European championship runner-up, Luca Kozák of Hungary.

This year’s Orlen Copernicus Cup comes as the city of Toruń celebrates the 550th anniversary of the birth of one of its most famous inhabitants, the Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, organisers said.     


Source: PAP, rmf24.pl, copernicuscup.pl