EUROPEAN ATHLETICS U23 CHAMPIONSHIPS BYDGOSZCZ 2017

Improving her life best Kamila Przybyla placed fourth in the pole vault. Only fourth, as the bronze medallist had the same score as the young Pole from the local Zawisza Club.

Kamila Przybyla struggled for points with all her might, first evened (4,30m) and next improved her life best clearing 4,40m, previously missed at two attempts. Thus she place third, yet for a few minutes only as both Switzerland's Angelica Moser and Ukrainian Maryna Kylypko, cleared 4.45m to dethrone Przybyła. She did not give up though and decided to skip 4,45m and go straight on to 4,50m in order to ensure herself a place on the podium. Unfortunately rain destroyed her plan and she missed 4,50m and bronze to Great Britain's Lucy Bryan who had already equalled her personal best of 4.40m. Kylypko had one failed go at 4.50m and then missed out twice at 4.55m to take silver as Moser cleared 4.55 on her own to win a tremendous pole vault final.

 So Bydgoszcz once more turned out lucky to Moser, who won the world U20 title in this stadium merely twelve months ago, went over at 4.50m at the third time of asking and 4.55m at the first attempt for gold. ‘I have overcome my weaknesses at last. Since last year’s  Achilles tendon injury I  have been waiting for such results and though I have improved by life best, I have only placed fourth (being the worst place for an athlete), so I am hungry for more,’ said Przybyla after the final.  

The performance of high jumper from MKS Inowrocław, Norbert Kobielski came down as no surprise. Having fourth result (2.26m) among the 13 high jumpers who have made it to the final, he ended up eighth. At first he easily cleared  2.10 and 2.15, to go for 2.19m at the last attempt. Unfortunately he fouled three times, knocking the bar off at 2.22m. All the medallists tied on 2.24m and none has reached for 2.26. The gold medal went to Belarusian Dzmitry Nabokau.

The third representative of the home Zawisza Club and kujawsko-pomorskie region Kacper Schubert  went to further than qualify to the 110 hurdles finals. Even though he came last, way below his life best (14.21s) it was a good competition for this young trainee of Wiesław Czapiewski.

Jaroslaw Dabrowski, LOC Press Office


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