The Associated Press (AP) predicts the Polish Olympic team will win 22 medals in Tokyo, including five zlotys. The highest move is standing, among others hammer maker Pawe Fajdek and 3×3 volleyball and basketball players. Games will start on Friday.
Athletes should bring as many discs into the country, up to seven. Four medals will be won by the hammer throwers. Apart from Fajdek, the podium should be – according to AP experts – Wojciech Nowicki and Anita Włodarczyk (both silver) and Malwina Kopron (bronze). Javelin throwers must win twice with balls – Marcin Krukovsky and Maria Andrejcic are expected to take second place. The women’s 4x400m relay will take the bronze.
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Rowers must also return home satisfied. Four Polish colonists are able to win medals – gold in the men’s four, silver in the double – men and women – and bronze in the doubles by Miroslav Ziotarski and Mateusz Biskup.
The canoes are scheduled to bring three discs to Poland. Marta Walchikevich (200m), Karolina Naga and Anna Pollavska in the K2 in the 500m will be on the second podium, and four women’s K4 in the 500m in the third.
Gold for volleyball players?
Sandra Bernal is due to hear the Polish anthem, who starts shooting, as well as 3×3 basketball players and volleyball players. The former will defeat the Serbs in the final, while the latter – according to expectations – will be better than the Brazilians in the last match.
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Cyclist Daria Pikulik in the omnium and tennis mix of Iga Świątek and Hubert Hurkacz was selected for the silver medal. On the other hand, the Bronze medals are hung on the necks of Piotr Myszka (Surfing), Taekwonder Alexandra Kowalczyk (+67kg) and Classical wrestler Tadeusz Michalik (97kg).
The Tokyo Olympics will start on Friday and run until August 8. If the predictions of the Associated Press are correct, this will be the best performance of the Polish team since the Olympic Games in Moscow (1980), in which the Polish team returned with 32 medals. Five years ago, there were 11 of them in Rio de Janeiro.
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