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Bukowiecki and Ennaoui headline Polish team for Bydgoszcz

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Poland has announced a 65-strong team for the European Athletics U23 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland from 13-16 July.

The standout name on the team is European indoor shot put champion Konrad Bukowiecki. The 20-year-old won the European indoor title in Belgrade with a European indoor U23 record and world-lead of 21.97m to defeat one of the strongest line-ups of the event, including reigning champion David Storl from Germany.

Bukowiecki has already reached out to 21.51m outdoors this season which puts him more than one metre ahead of his nearest rival on the European outdoor U23 lists. He will be looking to claim his third continental title in as many seasons - and in as many age-groups - after winning the European U20 title in Eskilstuna, Sweden in 2015.

Sofia Ennaoui won a silver medal at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia two years ago and the 21-year-old will be looking to go one better on home soil in her last season in this age-group category.

However, Ennaoui will face strong opposition from Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen, who has run nearly six seconds faster than Ennaoui this season with 3:59.30 set in the Rome Diamond League last month.

Another leading name on the Polish team for Bydgoszcz is Ewa Swoboda, who will be returning to the Zawisza Stadium twelve months after winning a silver medal at the World U20 Athletics Championships.

Swoboda, who doesn’t turn 20 until the end of the month, is ranked just outside the top ten in the European U23 100m rankings with 11.39 but the Pole often produces her best performances in the major events - as demonstrated last year when she ran a PB of 11.12 to claim the silver medal.

Klaudia Maruszweska produced one of the shocks of the World U20 Championships last year when she improved her lifetime best by three metres in qualifying with 54.34m before improving to 57.59m in the final. She will be looking to mount the rostrum again, although she is expected to cross paths with Olympic champion Sara Kolak from Croatia next week.

The full Polish team for Bydgoszcz is here.