Matusiński's Angels sent a signal to the world. They can be strong again at the Olympics

Matusiński's Angels sent a signal to the world.  They can be strong again at the Olympics

The World Relays competition, the unofficial world relay championship, was held in the Bahamas. The Polish representatives performed excellently and restored hope for a great result at the Olympic Games.

The World Relays competition was of great importance in the context of the fight for Olympic tickets. The two best relay teams from each qualifying race advanced to the Games in Paris. Four out of five of our teams secured a ticket to the French capital. However, this is not the end of the good news. The competition in the Bahamas showed that there would be a good chance for an Olympic medal in the women's 4×400 meters relay.

Natalia Kaczmarek and company with great success

Recent years have seen the women's 4×400 meters relay team go through a difficult period. After many successes, poorer results came, but they were mainly caused by the players' health problems. Iga Baumgart-Witan and Justyna Święta-Ersetic struggled with injuries. In addition, there are injuries to Anna Kiełbasińska. Also at the moment, coach Aleksander Matusiński does not have all the runners at his disposal.

The aforementioned Kiełbasińska is still struggling with health problems, and Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik and Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz cannot join the team for now. Meanwhile, coaches must skillfully distribute the athletes' strength between the women's and mixed relay competitions.

The Polish team running in the Bahamas included Marika Popowicz-Drapała, Iga Baumgart-Witan, Justyna Święta-Ersetic and Natalia Kaczmarek. They won the silver medal with a good time of 3:24.71 s. This is confirmation that the team is still capable of great results.

A repeat of Tokyo is possible

Three years ago, during the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Polish representatives won the silver medal in the 4×400 meters relay. Although the subsequent period did not fill the individual players with optimism, it is now clear that they are once again a group that can fight for the Olympic podium. The clear leader is Natalia Kaczmarek. The other runners also show a solid level, and we are particularly pleased with the successful return of Święta-Ersetic, who should again be an important point of the relay. In the Bahamas, a maneuver was used in which the 31-year-old only ran in the final. A similar approach was taken in the case of Baumgart-Witan.

Kinga Gacka and Alicja Wrona-Kutrzepa, who competed in the elimination race, are in reserve. The training staff has plenty to choose from, and a very important test before the Olympics will be the European Championships in Rome. This event will take place on June 7-12. Now, the rivals have received an important signal from the Polish women saying “we will be strong again.”

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