Ewa Swoboda sets a new Polish record with a world-leading 6.99s
Ewa Swoboda made another major statement at the Polish Indoor Championships in Torun on Saturday (5), breaking seven seconds for the first time in her career with a world-leading 6.99.
The 2019 European indoor champion now has four of the fastest times in the globe this year, and her recent effort puts her in the top ten all-time list. It’s another Polish record for the 24-year-old, and the first women’s 60m time under seven seconds since Murielle Ahoure’s 6.97 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
Swoboda will now head to the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22 with her sights on gold and in a season where four athletes have run 7.05 or faster, all the signs point to a thrilling battle for the title.
— TVP SPORT (@sport_tvppl) March 5, 2022
Swoboda went into her national championships as the world leader following her 7.00 Polish record at the Orlen Cup in Lodz on 11 February. That had been her first competition in almost eight months following injury. She then narrowly beat Jamaica’s five-time Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson-Herah at the ORLEN Copernicus Cup, also in Torun, on 22 February – 7.03 to 7.04. Ewa Swoboda sets a new Polish record with a world-leading 6.99s.
After running 7.09 to win her heat on Saturday, Swoboda returned a short while later to improve that time by a tenth of a second, winning the national title ahead of hurdles specialist Pia Skrzyszowska (7.12 PB).
A second world-leading performance in Torun on Saturday was achieved by European U23 heptathlon champion Adrianna Sulek, who improved to a PB of 4756 points to win the pentathlon. The 22-year-old started with 8.36 in the 60m hurdles before clearing 1.89m in the high jump, throwing 13.50m in the shot, leaping 6.26m in the long jump and then clocking 2:12.82 in the 800m for the top performance in the world so far this year. Paulina Ligarska was second with a 4593-point PB.
Other winners on day one of the championships included Dominik Kopec, who pipped Przemyslaw Slowikowski to the men’s 60m title in a photo finish as both athletes recorded 6.66, plus 2014 world indoor 800m silver medallist Angelika Cichocka in the women’s 1500m and Klaudia Siciarz in the women’s 60m hurdles.