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Ewa Swoboda Smashes 60m Meet Record in Ostrava

Published on February 1 by Alexander

Ewa Swoboda produced a dominant performance to win the women's 60m at the World Indoor Tour meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Tuesday (30 January 2024).

The Polish sprinter surged to victory in a time of 7.07 seconds, smashing the meeting record of 7.11 that had been set by Dafne Schippers in 2017.

Swoboda's time is the second-fastest in the world this year, behind only the 7.04 she ran in Torun earlier this month. It is also the third-fastest time ever run by a Polish woman indoors.

"I am very happy with my performance today," said Swoboda. "I knew I was in good shape, but I didn't expect to run that fast. It is a great start to the season for me."

Swoboda's victory was the highlight of a strong night for Polish athletes at the meeting. Natalia Kaczmarek won the women's 400m in a personal best of 51.23, while Patryk Dobek won the men's 800m in 1:44.84.

The meeting also saw a number of other impressive performances, including a world indoor best of 50.54 for Lieke Klaver in the women's 400m and a meeting record of 7.78 for Nadine Visser in the women's 60m hurdles.

Swoboda's performance is a timely boost for the Polish sprinter as she prepares for the European Indoor Championships, which will be held in Torun next month. She is one of the favorites for gold in the 60m, and her performance in Ostrava suggests that she is in peak form.

Reaction to Swoboda's performance

Swoboda's performance was met with praise from the athletics community.

"Ewa is a phenomenal athlete," said World Athletics president Sebastian Coe. "She is one of the most exciting young talents in the sport, and I have no doubt that she will achieve great things in her career."

"This is a fantastic performance from Ewa," said Polish Athletics Federation president Dariusz Lukaszek. "She is a great role model for young athletes in Poland, and I am sure she will inspire many more people to take up the sport."

Swoboda's performance is sure to give her a confidence boost as she heads into the European Indoor Championships. She is the clear favorite for gold, and her performance in Ostrava suggests that she is ready to take on the challenge.