Students of the Poznań University of Technology successful at the World Para Athletics Championships
Two students of the Poznań University of Technology, and members of the Start Poznań Association, took part in the World Para Athletics Championships in London. Małgorzata Ignasiak won the bronze medal in the 100-metre dash, and Michał Kotkowski claimed a bronze medal in the 400-metre dash. The championships were held at the Olympic Stadium in London, which hosted athletics events during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
Małgorzata Ignasiak - a 22-year-old contestant, starting in the T12 group (women's 100m for visually impaired athletes), studies production management and engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Management. Training under Coach Wiesław Pawlak, she competed in 100-metre and 200-metre dashes. She placed 3rd in 100m, winning a bronze medal with a time of 13.14 seconds. She also finished 3rd during the 200m event, with a time of 26.97 seconds, but medals were not awarded due to regulatory reasons.
Michał Kotkowski - an 18-year-old contestant, starting in the T37 group (athletes with conditions that affect muscle co-ordination and control) is studying electronics and telecommunications at the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications. The trainee of Andrzej Wróbel (multiple paralympic medallist at World and European Championships) competed in 200, 400, and 800-metre dashes. He finished 9th on the 800-metre distance with a time of 2.09.70 (personal record). On the distance of 200 metres, with a time of 24.62 (personal record), he finished 5th (the youngest contestant among finalists, the best contestant form Europe). During his last event at the Championships, on a distance of 400 metres, he placed 3rd with a time of 53.95, thus winning the bronze medal and once again improving his personal record (the youngest contestant among finalists, the best contestant form Europe).