Strong fields featuring Poland’s leading athletes and a smattering of international stars are being assembled for the Irena Szewinska Memorial in Bydgoszcz on 19 August, a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze Meeting.
One of the highlights from an international standpoint will be the women’s high jump which features Ukrainians Yaroslava Mahuchikh and Yuliya Levchenko against Poland’s 2014 world indoor champion Kamila Licwinko.
Levchenko has amassed an excellent record in Bydgoszcz already, winning the European U23 title in the Zawisza Stadium in 2017 before taking victory at the European Athletics Team Championships in the same arena in 2019.
There will be a strong domestic contingent in the pole vault with reigning European indoor champion Pawel Wojciechowski and world bronze medallist Piotr Lisek facing Sam Kendricks from the United States, the winner of the last two world outdoor titles. Kendricks is no stranger to competing in Poland but this will be his competitive debut in Bydgoszcz.
Four-time European indoor champion Laura Muir from Great Britain will also be in action and she will drop down in distance to contest the 800m. She will cross paths with long-time Polish internationals Joanna Jozwik and Angelika Cichocka, Muir's predecessor as European 1500m champion, who are both on the comeback trail from injury.
From this triumvirate, Jozwik has the fastest lifetime best at 1:57.37 which she set at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where she finished fifth. However, Jozwik hasn’t broken the 2:00 minute-barrier since the 2016 season.
Meanwhile Muir's training partner Jemma Reekie will contest her first outdoor 1500m of the season. Reekie has an outdoor lifetime best of 4:02.09 but she ran faster indoors this winter, clocking a national indoor record of 4:00.52.
Reigning world indoor champion Adam Kszczot will face strong opposition in the men's 800m from Canada's world finalist Marco Arop and German champion Marc Reuther. Arop and Reuther arrive fresh from setting lifetime bests of 1:44.14 and 1:44.93 respectively in the Monaco Diamond League on Friday evening.
In the women’s 100m, European indoor 60m champion Ewa Swoboda lines up against a strong continental field which also features Switzerland’s Ajla del Ponte and Germany’s Rebekka Haase who are first and second on the 2020 European 100m list with 11.08 and 11.11 respectively.
The top three shot putters on the 2020 European list are all confirmed for the Irena Szewinska Memorial. Reigning European champion Michal Haratyk, who has a season’s best of 21.45m, will be looking to overturn the form book as he faces Italy’s Leonardo Fabbri and Croatia’s Filip Mihaljevic, who boast season’s bests of 21.57m and 21.69m respectively.
As previously announced, home favourite Marcin Lewandowski will conclude the programme in the 2000m in which he will try to surpass the long-standing national record of 5:01.7.
There will be live coverage of the Irena Szewinska Memorial on TVP Sport from 5.35pm local time.