Poles win 39 medals at Rio Paralympics 19.09.2016 10:22 Polish athletes are returning from the Rio Paralympics with 39 medals, after finishing tenth in the overall medals classification. Spectators watch fireworks during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: EPA/SZILARD KOSZTICSAKSpectators watch fireworks during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: EPA/SZILARD KOSZTICSAK
Poles won nine golds, 18 silvers and 12 bronzes at the Paralympics, which ended on Sunday.
Ninety Polish athletes with disabilities competed in the games.
At the London 2012 Paralympics, Poles won 36 medals and took ninth place in the overall medals classification.
Łukasz Szeliga, president of the Polish Paralympic Committee, said trainers had predicted Poles taking part in the Rio games would increase their medals tally compared to London.
“And they were not mistaken. These were very successful games... with people just a little unsatisfied, because they could have been even better.”
Szeliga added: “In many cases, we simply ran out of luck. For example Bartosz Tyszkowski was one centimetre short of gold in the shot put.”
Oops, I have been neglecting this thread for too long. Since last post in 2013 Poles have achieved many successes but I had better things to write about.
Poland’s Kamil Stoch wins Four Hills Tournament 06.01.2017 19:49 Poland's Kamil Stoch won the Four Hills Tournament on Friday, crowning a career that has seen him taking the top titles in ski jumping. His countryman Piotr Żyła came second while Poland’s Maciej Kot finished fourth. In the final stage of the 65th Four Hills tournament, held in Bischofshofen, Austria, Stoch finished first, soaring 138.5 metres. He is the second Pole to win the tournament, following in the footsteps of Adam Małysz, who won the event in 2001. Celebrating his win, the jubilant 2013 world champion and double 2014 Olympic champion said: "I'm really satisfied, happy, glad... thank you to all those people who helped me: my team-mates, my coaches, my family, my fans." Stoch's win came despite sustaining a shoulder injury during a fall in Innsbruck on Wednesday.
Football: Poland ends year at no. 15 in FIFA ranking 22.12.2016 12:52 Poland’s national football team has maintained 15th place - its highest ever - in a new FIFA ranking published on Thursday. Poland first achieved the record ranking in October after wins against Denmark (3:2) and Armenia (2:1) in eliminations for the 2018 World Cup. The Polish squad maintained its position after playing two matches in November, winning 3:0 in a World Cup qualifier with Romania, and drawing 1:1 in a friendly match with Slovenia. Argentina has maintained the top spot in the latest ranking by FIFA, world football’s governing body, followed by Brazil and Germany. The ranking takes into account the number of games played and their results, among other factors.
Włodarczyk chosen as Polish sportsperson of 2016 08.01.2017 11:34 Olympic hammer throw champion Anita Włodarczyk has been named as Polish sportsperson of 2016 following an annual public vote. Anita Włodarczyk. Photo: Erik van Leeuwen/Wikimedia CommonsAnita Włodarczyk. Photo: Erik van Leeuwen/Wikimedia Commons
Second was Robert Lewandowski, the captain of Polish national football team, who came first in last year’s poll.
Third was Piotr Małachowski, the silver medallist in the discus at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
The winners were chosen in a poll by the readers of the Przegląd Sportowy sports daily and public broadcaster TVP.
Włodarczyk has two Olympic gold medals (2012, 2016) and three European Championship titles (2012, 2014, 2016) to her credit.
She is the first woman in history to throw the hammer over 80 metres. Her current world record is 82.98m.
Pole wins race up Empire State Building 03.02.2017 10:22 Poland’s Piotr Łobodziński has won this year’s Empire State Building Run-Up, the world’s oldest and most famous tower race that requires competitors to run up 1,576 stairs to get to the top of the 102-storey New York City skyscraper. Piotr Łobodziński celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the 40th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up in New York.
The 31-year-old runner, a native of the eastern Polish city of Bielsk Podlaski, clocked a time of 10:31, beating the second-place finisher by 12 seconds. This was Łobodziński’s debut in this extreme annual challenge, which is now in its 40th year and attracts contestants from around the world. Paul Crake of Australia set the course’s record of 9:33 in 2003.
Polish adventurer home after South Pole solo trek 31.01.2017 16:09 The first Polish woman to reach the South Pole on foot received a warm welcome after returning to her home country on Tuesday. Małgorzata Wojtaczka, welcomed at Warsaw's Chopin airport after her South Pole trek. Photo: PAP/Bartłomiej ZborowskiMałgorzata Wojtaczka, welcomed at Warsaw's Chopin airport after her South Pole trek. Photo: PAP/Bartłomiej Zborowski
Małgorzata Wojtaczka was greeted by family and friends at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport after her 69-day solo trek covering a distance of over 1,200 km The 51-year-old resident of Wrocław, south-west Poland, pulled a 100kg sledge from the Ronne ice shelf. Towards the end of her trip she began to run out of food. Braving temperatures of below minus 30 C, she reached the South Pole last Wednesday. The first woman to reach the South Pole unassisted was Norwegian Liv Arnesen, who skied there in 50 days in 1994. The first Polish man to reach the South Pole solo and on foot was Marek Kamiński in 1995.
Triumph for Polish ice boat veteran 26.01.2017 12:29 Veteran Polish ice boat competitor Karol Jabłoński has won the DN World Championships in the US, taking his 11th championship title. Karol Jabłoński, pictured in 2015. Photo: PAP/Bartłomiej ZborowskiKarol Jabłoński, pictured in 2015. Photo: PAP/Bartłomiej Zborowski
Third place in the competition on Lake Kegonsa near Madison, Wisconsin, went to his countryman Michał Burczyński. Jabłoński, 53, said after his win on Wednesday: “I’m very pleased and proud of the style in which I competed.” He added: "Time doesn’t stand still. The clock is ticking, but I have reason to be happy that I’m like wine - the older it is, the better it gets...” On the last day of the championships, races were called off because of a thick a layer of wet snow on the ice, Jabłoński said, adding that the competition ended with the three events held on the first day.
Ski jumping: Polish team wins gold in Lahti 04.03.2017 19:37 The Polish ski-jumping team on Saturday won the gold medal at the World Championships in Lahti, Finland, beating Norway and Austria. Gold medalist Polish team celebrate after the Men's Ski Jumping HS130 Team Competition at the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Lahti, Finland. Photo: EPA/KIMMO BRANDTGold medalist Polish team celebrate after the Men's Ski Jumping HS130 Team Competition at the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Lahti, Finland. Photo: EPA/KIMMO BRANDT
The Polish team of Piotr Żyła, Dawid Kubacki, Maciej Kot and Kamil Stoch took home the top prize in the team event at the 2017 World Ski Championships.
The Poles earned a total of 1,104.2 points, beating defending champions Norway with 1,078.5 points.
The men's Polish ski jumping team won bronze at the event in 2013 and 2015.
Ski jumping: Poland wins Nation Cup 26.03.2017 15:25 The Polish ski-jumping team has won the overall Nations Cup during the Ski Jumping World Cup Final in Planica, Slovenia. Polish team celebrates their overall Nations Cup victory during the Ski Jumping World Cup Final in Planica, Slovenia. Photo: EPA/ANTONIO BATPolish team celebrates their overall Nations Cup victory during the Ski Jumping World Cup Final in Planica, Slovenia. Photo: EPA/ANTONIO BAT
This was the first time in the history of ski jumping that Poland won the competition
The Polish team gathered the most points (5,833) in the competition which ended on Sunday. In second and third place were Austria (5,586 points) and Germany (5,513).
Meanwhile, star Polish jumper Kamil Stoch ended second in the overall World Cup title, coming behind Austrian Stefan Kraft. Stoch ended Sunday’s competition – the last in this season’s World Cup – in fifth place.
Despite not clinching the top title, Stoch was still satisfied.
“Planica is always fantastic. It was my dream to fly over 250 metres and it came true this weekend. I'm second in the World Cup, third in the Ski Flying World Cup and we are the best team. This weekend was amazing and so was the whole season,” he was quoted as saying.
Poland climbs to record 11th place in FIFA ranking 06.04.2017 13:50 Poland’s national football squad has climbed up to 11th place - its highest ever - in FIFA’s April ranking, up one spot since March. Brazil is first, having swapped spots with Argentina. Germany is still ranked third, while Chile, Colombia, France, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden and Spain close off the top 10. Poland’s rating rose after winning an away game with Montenegro (2:1) in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. Romania, Denmark, Montenegro, Armenia and Kazakhstan are also Poland’s rivals in the World Cup qualifying round. Romania – which is ranked 47th, down seven spots since last month – is closest to Poland in the ranking by world football’s governing body. Armenia climbed 18 spots to 67th after a win against Kazakhstan, while Kazakhstan fell from 94th to 105th place. Meanwhile, Denmark rose by three places to 51st and Montenegro is ranked 62nd, up two spots.
Poland wins silver in European Rowing Championships 27.05.2017 18:00 Poland has won the silver medal in the women's coxless four event at the European Rowing Championships in Racice, the Czech Republic. Poland's women's coxless four team. Photo: pztw.org.pl/Julia Kowacic.Poland's women's coxless four team. Photo: pztw.org.pl/Julia Kowacic.
With a time of 6:55.320, the Polish team, made up of Anna Wierzbowska, Maria Wierzbowska, Monika Ciaciuch, and Joanna Dittmann, came in behind Romania (6:51.640) and ahead of the Netherlands (6:59.230).
The 2017 European Rowing Championships started on Friday end on Sunday. (vb)
I don`t watch sport on TV but I read about it online. Polish athletic team was second in European Championship, after Britain. Seven golds, 4 silvers. sport.tvn24.pl/lekkoatletyka,128/mistrzostwa-europy-drugie-miejsce-polakow-w-klasyfikacji-medalowej,860669.html
Mateusz Waligóra during his march. Photo: Facebook/Na Krańcach Świata - Aga i Mateusz Waligóra
Polish traveller Mateusz Waligóra is the first man in the world to walk the Mongolian part of the Gobi desert.
Mr Waligóra has walked 1,785 kilometres (1,109 miles) with a cart of luggage, weighing more than 200 kg (440 lbs).
The traveller set off on July 29 from the city of Bulgan in Khovd Province, western Mongolia, near the border with China. He walked through the Altai mountains to an altitude over 2,000 m (6,561 ft) above sea level.
Later, in the provinces of Ömnögovi and Dornogovi, the road passed through the Gobi desert. The finish line for the expedition was set in the village of Sainshand in eastern Mongolia.
The Gobi desert is neither the largest nor driest in the world, but is very difficult to travel through, because of the wide temperature range, reaching 70 degrees Celsius, sandstorms and very low rainfall.
During his walk, Mr Waligóra had to deal with injuries, food poisoning and exhaustion, but also with trouble with equipment. A few hundred kilometres before the end, the spokes in his cart’s wheels broke, and the inner tubes in the tyres started to rupture. He also had to struggle with severe weather conditions.
“When I zoom out the map in my GPS device, It blows my mind how far was the distance I passed. I remember that I wanted to resign after a week. I am not a superhero, but an ordinary guy, who sometimes has his purpose and does a lot to achieve it,” Mr Waligóra wrote on social media on Sunday, not long before reaching his final destination. He arrived in Sainshand village on Monday around noon local time.
Apart from walking through the Gobi desert, Mr Waligóra has already completed a cycling traverse through the Andes mountains, cycled the Canning Stock Route in Western Australia, the most difficult route in the world and marched across the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat.
Piotr Nurzynski Wins 2018 European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event Polish Online Qualifier Defeated A Record Field of 1,931 Entries To Win $1,213,418 USD
by Erik Fast | Published: Sep 02, 2018 Print-icon
The 2018 European Poker Tour Barcelona €5,300 no-limit hold’em main event attracted a record-breaking field of 1,931 entries, topping the previous high turnout of 1,785 set at this event in 2016. The gigantic turnout created a total prize pool of €9,365,350 ($10,882,982 USD), with the lion’s share of that money ultimately awarded to Piotr Nurzynski. The 28-year-old doctor from Poland won his seat into this event in a €250 online satellite on PokerStars. He took home €1,037,109 ($1,213,418 USD) as the champion of this event after striking a deal during four-handed play.
In addition to the money, Nurzynski also earned a Platinum Pass (a $30,000 value) for the 2019 PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship (PSPC), a gigantic $25,000 buy-in tournament taking place in the Bahamas next January. As the winner of this tournament Nurzynski was awarded 2,160 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his first POY-qualified score of the year, but it alone was enough to move the amateur player into 60th place in the overall POY race standings.
The final day of this tournament began with six players remaining. Matthias Tikerpe was the first player eliminated, running his AClub SuitKClub Suit into the 9Heart Suit9Club Suit of Nurzynski. The board brought no help for the Estonian and he was eliminated in sixth place, earning €287,050 ($335,849 USD). Nurzynski had begun the day in second chip position behind Haoxiang Wang, but with this pot took a commanding lead.
Wang closed the gap somewhat by knocking out Rodrigo Carmo in fifth place. Again it was ace-king versus a pocket pair, this time the8Spade Suit8Diamond Suit for Wang. Carmo’s ADiamond SuitKClub Suit did not improve and he was sent to the rail with €354,200 ($414,414 USD).
The final four players battled it out for a while before opting to strike a deal that saw the title and trophy, the Platinum Pass and €180,000 set aside to play for, while securing the following payouts for the remaining players:
Haoxiang Wang – €1,023,701 Piotr Nurzynski – €857,109 Ognyan Dimov – €725,621 Pedro Marques – €698,369
Marques and Dimov finished in fourth and third place, respectively, taking home the agreed-upon payouts listed above. Wang had knocked both players out, and as a result, took nearly a 4-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Nurzynski. The short stack was able to find a double up, picking up pocket kings and getting all-in against Wang’s middle pair and a straight draw on the flop. Nurzynski’s overpair held up to close the gap considerably. Not long after that he overtook the lead.
By the time the final hand arose Nurzynski had more than a 4-to-1 chip advantage. With blinds of 250,000-500,000 Nurzynski limped in from the button with the AClub Suit9Club Suit. Wang checked with the KSpade Suit2Diamond Suit. Both players flopped a pair when the ADiamond SuitKClub Suit6Diamond Suit hit the board. Wang bet 500,000 from out of position and Nurzynski called with top pair. The turn brought the 7Club Suit to give Nurzynski the nut flush draw in addition to his pair of aces. Wang now opted to check. Nurzynski bet 2,000,000 and Wang made the call. The river was the 4Diamond Suit. Wang checked and Nurzynski moved all-in. Wang thought it over and eventually made the call, only to get the bad news that his pair of kings was second best. Wang earned €1,023,701 ($1,197,730 USD) for his runner-up showing in this event.
Here is a look at the payouts and POU points awarded in this event: Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points 1 Piotr Nurzynski $1,213,418 2,160 2 Haoxiang Wang $1,197,730 1,800 3 Ognyan Dimov $848,977 1,440 4 Pedro Marques $817,092 1,080 5 Rodrigo Carmo $414,414 900 6 Matthias Tikerpe $335,849 720 7 Mark Buckley $257,400 540
Jan-Krzysztof Duda (born 26 April 1998) is a Polish chess grandmaster. A chess prodigy, he achieved his grandmaster title in 2013 at the age of 15 years and 21 days. He won the Polish Chess Championship in 2018. As of December 2018, he is the No. 1 ranked Polish player. Contents
1 Chess career 2 See also 3 References 4 External links
Duda won the World Youth Chess Championship in the under-10 category in 2008. In 2012 he won the Polish under-18 championship in Solina and the European under-14 championship in Prague. In the same year, he tied for first with Jan Krejčí in the Olomouc Chess Summer tournament.
Duda earned his international master title in 2012, and was awarded his grandmaster title in 2013, at the age of 15 years and 21 days. This made him the second youngest grandmaster in the world at the time. It also makes him the second youngest Polish grandmaster ever, after Dariusz Świercz. In April 2013, he came first in the First Saturday GM tournament in Budapest. In August, he took part as a FIDE president nominee in the Chess World Cup 2013, where was eliminated in the first round by Vassily Ivanchuk.
In August 2014, Duda played for the Polish team at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway, scoring 8.5/11 on board three. In December 2014, he won the European Rapid Chess Championship and took silver in the European Blitz Chess Championship, both held in Wrocław, Poland.
In July 2015, Duda won the Lake Sevan round-robin tournament in Martuni, Armenia. In September 2015, he finished equal first with Mikhail Antipov in the World Junior Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, and received a silver medal after tiebreaks.
In May 2018, Duda won the Polish Chess Championship with a score of 6½/9 (+4–0=5), a full point ahead of runner-up Kacper Piorun. He recorded victories over Piorun, Radosław Wojtaszek, Daniel Sadzikowski, and Aleksander Miśta. In July 2018, he became the No. 1 ranked Polish player and the No. 1 ranked junior in the world, outstripping Wojtaszek and Wei Yi, respectively. In July 2018, he competed in the 46th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, placing fourth with a score of 4/7 (+2–1=4).
During the 2018 Chess Olympiad held in Batumi, Georgia, he defeated Vassily Ivanchuk and drew against Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Sergey Karjakin claiming fourth place overall with the Polish team. In 2018, he reached the semi-finals of the Speed Chess Championship after beating Sergey Karjakin and Alexander Grischuk, eventually losing to Wesley So.
In December 2018, Duda finished in second place in the World Blitz Chess Championship in Saint Petersburg scoring 16½/21 (+15–3=3), half a point behind the winner Magnus Carlsen.