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Polish women eager to win first gold at European Open Warsaw

26 Feb 2016 15:30

   Stanislaw Michalowski

For the seventh time only the women travel to Warsaw for the Polish Open, now the European Open. The former A-tournament has a long history and the women are welcomed in Warsaw separately since 2004. Unfortunately the Polish never had the pleasure to welcome a female winner. With the current strong team, that can be changed.

The Arena Ursynow in Warsaw will be packed with almost 200 female athletes on the tatami. A total number of 20 athletes are entered from Poland, including 2014 World bronze medalist, Katarzyna Klys. Athletes from Kazakhstan, Mongolia, the Netherlands as well as from Russia amongst many others will arrive with the same golden ambitions.

Last edition in 2014 Ewa Konieczny (U48kg) and Halima Mohamed-Seghir (U63kg) won a silver medal. Can the Polish women take the gold this time? With Katarzyna Klys (WRL 14), Daria Pogorzelec (WRL 15), Agata Ozdoba (WRL 25), Agata Perenc (WRL 33). Arleta Podolak (WRL 37), Katarzyna Furmanek (WRL 37) Karolina Pienkowska (WRL 47) and Ewa Konieczny (WRL 47), Poland have a few experienced women who can make it to the final block in each weight category. Last year the women were the surprising finallists at the World Team Championships in Astana and in 2014 bronze was captured at the European Championships.

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  • Katarzyna Klys (POL), Arleta Podolak (POL), Agata Ozdoba (POL), Karolina Talach (POL), Katarzyna Furmanek (POL), Zuzanna Pawlikowska (POL), Ewa Konieczny (POL) - European Team Championships Montpellier (2014, FRA) - © Stanislaw Michalowski
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