Polish athletes kept the home crowd happy at the first edition of the Copernicus Cup indoor meeting in Torun with a plethora of victories at the European Athletics Indoor Permit Meeting on Tuesday night.
Two-time European 800m indoor champion Adam Kszczot, who will be bidding for a hat-trick of continental titles at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague next month, won his specialist event in 1:47.05, just over half-a-second away from his world leading time of 1:46.48 set last week at another EA Indoor Permit Meeting in Düsseldorf.
Kszczot was always in control of the race, hitting the front just before the hallway point, with 400m reached in a swift 51:10, and was able to hold off Kenya’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Timothy Kitum with relative ease.
Here he is charging down the home straight:
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Emerging talent Piotr Lisek, still only 22 and sixth at the 2014 European Championships, clinched victory in the pole vault when he went over 5.70m with his first attempt before bringing the bar down three times at 5.80m.
Justyna Swiety won the 400m in 52.73 while, in the absence of two-time Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski, Michal Haratyk kept the Polish flag flying high in the men’s shot put with a victory in a personal best of 20.10m.
Joint first in the women’s high jump at 1.92m were the Polish pair of Justyna Kasprzycka and Urszula Gardzielewska, the latter clearing a personal best.
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In women’s 800m, Great Britain’s world-leader Jenny Meadows continued her run of good form with a win in 1:59.85. Behind the 2011 European indoor champion, Poland’s 2014 European Championships bronze medallist Joanna Jozwik ran an indoor best 2:00.01 to move up to second in the 2015 world lists.
There was another British woman winner in Torun with Lucy Hatton taking the 60m hurdles in a personal best of 8.06.
However, Britain’s 2014 world indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty couldn't reel in St Kitts’ rampant Kim Collins in the men’s 60m despite a strong second half in the sprint, the latter equalling his recent national record and world-leading mark of 6.48 while Kilty had to settle for second in 6.57 with fellow Briton Sean Safo-Antwi third in 6.61.
Watch Kilty versus Collins below:
Poland had plenty to celebrate in the women’s 60m.
US sprinter Jessica Young won in 7.30 but second in the same time was the Polish junior Ewa Swoboda who also clocked 7.30 in her heat and both times are national junior records.
Even though it is early in the year, the stage is already starting to be set for some thrilling women’s sprints at the European Athletics Junior Championships this summer, with Swoboda likely to come head-to-head with potential gold medal rivals Kristina Sivkova, from Russia, and Irene Ekelund, from Sweden.
Full results from the Copernicus Cup in Torun are found here.