Poland has moved up from 20th to 17th place in the medal tally for the Olympics in Tokyo. Although we only had 12 discs, it was our best result in this type of sporting event for many years.
Best results in two decades
The last time we had more awards was two decades ago – in Sydney, in 2000, 14 decorations hung around the neck in white and red. We did our best in Moscow in 1982, from which we brought 32 medals.
In the 21st century, we are not doing so well. In Athens, 17 years ago, we only won 10 disks. Then, 11 of the subsequent editions of the Summer Olympics – in Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro, respectively.
Excellent qualification of athletes
Now we have finally been able to cross this ceiling, which makes the Olympics in the Japanese capital the best for us in 21 years. Athletes who have won eight of the 12 medals have played a major role in this victory, and their balance may be even better after two consecutive days of competition in Tokyo. Nevertheless, this is already the best result in the history of Polish athletics.
Tokyo 2020. List of medals of the poles
Carol Jalewski, Natalia Coxmarek, Justina Evicetti-Ersedic, Kazetan Tassiasky, Iga Palmcord-Witten, Majkorsada Hoseph-Kovalik, Darius Kovaluk-hybrid relay 4x400m
Anita Vodorsik – Hammer throwing
Wojciech Noviki – Hammer throwing
David Tomala – 50 km walk
Agnieszka Gopus-Javojska, Marta Welisko, Maria Sajdak and Katargina Jillman – Rowing, Double Four
Carolina Naja, Anna Punavska – Canoeing, K2 500 m
Agnieszka Scurzipulek, Jolanda Okar-Hill – Sailing, Class 470
Maria Androzik – Athletics, Javelin Throwing
Dates Michelik – Wrestling, classic style, 97 kg type
Malvina Cobron – Hammer throwing
Patrick Topek – Athletics, 800 m
Paweł Fajdek – A hammer throw
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