The women's 4x200 metre relay squad of Paulina Guzowska, Kamila Ciba, Klaudia Adamek and Marlena Gola took the victory in the Silesian Stadium, setting a national record with 1:34.98. Poland's 4x100 and 4x400 metre teams both finished in second place! During the two days of the World Athletics Relays Silesia21, Polish teams placed in the top two in five events! That represents the country's best ever showing in the history of the event.
Paulina Guzowska started off the 4x200 metre relay with an excellent leg. Kamila Ciba, Klaudia Adamek and Marlena Gola maintained the lead all the way. The win of the Polish team came with the additional bonus of the national record of 1:34.98. Klaudia Adamek was the busiest Polish sprinter of the Sunday evening. The athlete from Piła competed in the 4x200 metre race only a few minutes after participating in the silver-winning effort of the Polish 4x100 metre team.
– I had to do two races one after another. It wasn't easy, but the adrenaline carried me through. The 4x100 relay is more difficult, since you have to stay focused on fast and efficient handling of the baton – Klaudia Adamek stated.
Kamila Ciba, who ran the second leg for the Polish team, admitted the successful race of their colleagues from the 4x100 metre relay gave them additional inspiration.
– Our friends taking second place in the Olympic relay gave us the wings – Kamila Ciba said.
The Polish team, starting the 4x400 metre final as defending World Athletics Relays champions, showed character and determination in the Silesian Stadium. After three legs by Kornelia Lesiewicz, Małgorzata Hołub- Kowalik and Karolina Łozowska the team was in fourth place. On the final leg, Natalia Kaczmarek proved she had a great fighting spirit. After making a charge on the final straight, she moved the Polish team from fourth to second pace. The white-red team finished in a time of 3:28.81, yielding only to the Cubans.
After the race, Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik stated the aim had been to finish in the top five in the final.
– We didn't want to finish lower than fifth here, but of course we dreamed of a medal. The Cubans were better this time. This competition was a test for all teams. It showed that we can be competitive even with a young squad. We are in good shape, but it can still get better – Hołub-Kowalik commented after the final.
The most experienced athlete in the lineup said she would be delighted if the finishing position of the team could be repeated at the Olympic Games.
– If we get the silver in Tokyo, we will be happy – said Hołub-Kowalik.
The one thing the Polish runners were missing was fans in the stands.
– We love competing in Poland. It's too bad there are no fans here to support us, but we hope they will be there next time – was the hope expressed by the Polish team.
The World Athletics Relays Silesia21 was the tenth successive championship event – all within a four-year period – in which Matusiński's Angels placed in the top three.
Inspired by the Olympic qualification earned yesterday, the Polish sprinters took the silver medal in the 4x100 metre relay on the cold Sunday evening. The team finished with a time of 44.10. The relay anchor Pia Skrzyszowska, who took the baton from Katarzyna Sokólska, stated she felt capable of catching the leading Italian squad.
– I wanted to catch my Italian rival and I thought it was possible. But at the end I came close to falling down. It can happen when you're going to fast – was Skrzyszowska's description after the race.
Magdalena Stefanowicz, who ran the opening leg for the team (with Klaudia Adamek on the second leg) said the team's form was the result of the training they underwent in Tenerife in April.
– We spent the last three weeks in Spain with the rest of the girls. We were able to build not just physical form, but also team spirit and mutual trust. That really showed today - Magdalena Stefanowicz said.
The Polish men's 4x200 metre relay did not finish their race.
Poland finished on top of the points table with 37. In second place was Italy with 32 points, ahead of Kenya in third with 24.
The next edition of the World Athletics Relays is scheduled for 2023.