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    Great comeback and two records for Ewa Swoboda: “Life must have kicked my ass”

    During Friday’s Orlen Cup athletics meeting in Łódź, Ewa Swoboda sprinted twice to improve her Polish record in the 60 m run. Now, it is 7.00. “Life had to kick my ass because it was too good,” the 24-year-old said.

    Ewa Swoboda in the final of 60 m run during Orlen Cup in Łódź achieved a fantastic result of 7.00. Earlier on Friday, Poland’s best sprinter did well in the qualifying run, which she completed in a time of 7.04. With this result, she improved the Polish record from 2016 that belonged to her (7.07).


    Swoboda in Łódź Atlas Arena returned to running after eight months off due to injury.


    “Life must have kicked my ass because it was too good. The previous year – and what happened in it – was for some reason. In 2021, I reached my bad luck limit. I spent European Indoor Championships in Torun at home due to injury. I hope I will be healthy and in shape now. We run fast and hard. It’s okay,” said an alumna of coach Iwona Krupa from UKS Czwórka Żory.


    The best score in the world belongs to Ewa Swoboda


    7.00 obtained by the athlete of AZS AWF Katowice in the final of the Łódź meeting is the world’s best result at this distance this season. It also means qualification for the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade (March 18-20).


    “I was shocked because of these results today, after all, I was returning to running after eight months. My first start today took 7.04. Wow! It was a big shock. When I saw 6.99 in the finals after running across the finish line… It could have stayed that way, but 7.00 as a final result is enormous,” said the sprinter.


    At this point, however, Swoboda does not want to declare what she will be competing for at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade (March 18-20), but with such a result, there can only be one goal for the 2019 European indoor champion from Glasgow.


    “I really enjoy competing indoors. I’m not thinking about summer and 100m right now. I want to keep having fun running 60 meters,” she said


    Swoboda’s score has been also the best in the world in the 60-meter run for 5 years. According to statistics, the last European woman to run that fast was Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers (also 7.00 in 2016). The last time a European woman ran faster was Greece’s Ekaterini Tanu – 6.96 in 1999. The fastest ever at this distance was Russian Irina Privalova, who ran 6.92 in 1993.

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