Poland

When it comes to the track, and the field events in particular, Poland have a plethora of names that instantly catch the eye.

None more so than hammer thrower Anita Włodarczyk, who has been streets ahead of her competition

The 32-year-old arguably had the best season of her career in 2017, where she ended the year having recorded the nine furthest distances, the best of which was 82.87m, just 11 centimetres shy of her world record throw, set in 2016.

Now though she has some competition heading her way in the shape of 23-year-old countrywoman Malwina Kopron, who finished second to Włodarczyk in Warsaw last year and was third in the World Championships in London.

Such is the depth of Polish athletics, they topped the medal table at the 2016 European Championships and were fourth in the placings table at last year’s world championships, only behind USA, Kenya and GB & NI.

World medallists last year, alongside Włodarczyk, Pawel Fadjek retained his hammer title, silver medals for Adam Kszczot (800m) and Piotr Lisek (Pole Vault), and a quartet of bronze medals from Wojciech Nowicki (hammer), Kamila Licwinko, Kopron and the men’s 4x400m team.

On the track, the men’s 4x400m pulled off one of the shocks of the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham this year as they beat the United States on their way to setting a new indoor world record.

That time has since been surpassed, but their team of Karol Zalewski, Rafał Omelko, Łukasz Krawczuk and Jakub Krzewina edged the much-fancied USA team by 0.2s to claim a shock gold medal.

Did you know?

47 of the top 100 hammer throws of all time have been recorded by Anita Włodarczyk.

Facts from IAAF World Championships London 2017

Medals Won

8

Points

56

Participating Athletes

81

Nations Website

http://www.pzla.pl