Big bad luck for the Polish runner. A sad start to the Copernicus Cup

Big bad luck for the Polish runner.  A sad start to the Copernicus Cup

This year’s edition of the Copernicus Cup began with the eliminations in the men’s 60-meter race. Unfortunately, Dominik Kopeć ended the competition with an injury.

The next edition of the Copernicus Cup athletics competition took place on February 6. The meeting in Toruń opened with men’s 60-meter races, specifically the qualifying rounds. Unfortunately, at the very beginning we saw a rather unpleasant picture, namely the injury of Dominik Kopiec. He will not be able to continue competing in the final over the same distance.

Dominik Kopiec’s injury in the Copernicus Cup

However, the situation with the runner in the main role did not look good. It is true that he reached the finish line second with a time of 6.66 seconds (the first was Akihito Higashida with a result of 6.62 seconds), but already before the finish it was obvious that something was wrong with the health of the Polish representative. He managed to finish the run, although at the end of the sprint he clearly started limping and holding his leg. It looked as if one of his muscles had been injured or had a spasm.

Kopeć then lay down right next to the mattress where the players stay and didn’t get up for a while. Immediately, medics appeared and began to check what had happened. Unfortunately, after a while we saw another unfavorable picture. The runner was taken to a stretcher and tried not to move his injured limb the entire time. He was removed from the arena by doctors shortly thereafter. It is not yet known what exactly was wrong with the 28-year-old, although after leaving the track, the athlete was able to move on his own.

It quickly became clear that he would not be present at the next stage of the competition. – Dominik Kopeć unable to continue participating in the competition due to injury. Instead of him, the “first reserve” enters the final – wrote journalist Wojciech Nowakowski on the X website. The representative of Slovakia achieved a time of 6.70 seconds, and although he was last in the second qualifying round, he still had a better result than the fourth competitor from the first heat.

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