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Home favourite Ewa Swoboda produced another scintillating piece of sprinting on home soil at the Copernicus Cup in Torun, a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting, on Tuesday (6) evening.

In a near re-run of the 60m final at the ORLEN Cup in Lodz last week, Swoboda pounced out of the blocks and narrowly held off the quickly improving Italian Zaynab Dosso who tracked the Pole with real intent on her immediate outside.

After winning in Lodz with 7.04, Swoboda maintained her unbeaten winning streak in 2024 with victory in a world lead of 7.01 ahead of Dosso who improved her Italian record from 7.05 to 7.02 to finish 0.01 behind Swoboda for the second time this year.

“I feel very good after today’s performance. Each run is getting faster and faster which is motivating. That’s how it’s supposed to be. I’m glad the Italian was pushing me from behind. It was an additional motivation to run faster.

“Today’s run is a great forecast before the upcoming Polish Championships and World Indoor Championships. My only goal at the moment is to train in health for these two events,” said Swoboda.

The Italy versus Poland theme continued in the men’s 60m hurdles with European indoor silver medallist Jakub Szymanski – who broke the Polish record in Dusseldorf on Sunday with 7.47 – charging through the field for victory in 7.48 ahead of Italian record-holder Lorenzo Simonelli in 7.56.

In the last event of the programme, European 100m hurdles champion Pia Skrzyszowska couldn’t quite maintain the streak of Polish victories as she had to give way to Nadine Visser from the Netherlands who is back on the road to her best form after an injury-plagued 2023 season.

Visser, who won her second European indoor 60m hurdles title on this track in 2021 with a Dutch record of 7.77, inched ahead of Skrzyszowska who got the better start to win in 7.80, to match her season’s best from Metz on Saturday afternoon.

Skrzyszowska was visibly disappointed not to come away with the victory on home soil but her time of 7.81 was a season’s best and represented the third fastest time of her career so far.

Piotr Lisek also won the pole vault on home soil with a 5.75m clearance on countback from Menno Vloon from the Netherlands much to the delight of the near capacity crowd at the Arena Torun.

Source: European Athletics

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