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Polish speedway icon honoured in Liverpool

04.12.2023 20:00
Polish speedway icon Bartosz Zmarzlik, who won his fourth world championship earlier this year, was honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony in Liverpool over the weekend.
Polish speedway racer Bartosz Zmarzlik.
Polish speedway racer Bartosz Zmarzlik.Photo: PAP/Lech Muszyński

Zmarzlik collected his fourth Speedway GP World Championship gold medal in five years during the ceremony, which was attended by 700 guests from around the world, the fimspeedway.com website reported.

Meanwhile, Poland's Mateusz Cierniak picked up his second straight FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship gold medal in Liverpool on Saturday, fimspeedway.com reported.

Poland also secured their 10th consecutive title in the FIM Team Speedway Under-21 World Championship, the website said.

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the governing body for motorcycle sport and a global advocate for motorcycling, presented a total of 58 world titles from various motorsports at Saturday's awards ceremony, according to fimspeedway.com.

Zmarzlik in September won the season-ending Grand Prix competition in Toruń, north-central Poland, to claim his fourth world championship.

Sweden's Fredrik Lindgren took the silver, and the bronze went to Slovak Martin Vaculik.

Zmarzlik clinched his first world title in 2019, becoming the third Pole to achieve this feat after Jerzy Szczakiel in 1973 and Tomasz Gollob in 2010.

Speedway has a massive fan base in the country, and Zmarzlik was in January named as the runner-up Polish athlete of the year for 2022 following a public vote, finishing narrowly behind tennis ace Iga Świątek and ahead of soccer star Robert Lewandowski.


Source: fimspeedway.com