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Magdalena Szczepańska (born 25 January 1980 in Zielona Góra) is a retired Polish heptathlete.[1] She won a silver medal at the 2004 European Combined Events Cup in Hengelo, Netherlands, and then represented her nation Poland in heptathlon at the Olympics in Athens a few months later, finishing in twenty-first place.[2] Szczepańska trained under the tutelage of head coach Jerzy Skucha for the national team, while competing at AZS AWFiS Gdańsk.[3]

Magdalena Szczepańska
Personal information
Full nameMagdalena Szczepańska
Nationality Poland
Born (1980-01-25) 25 January 1980 (age 39)
Zielona Góra, Poland
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)Heptathlon
ClubAZS AWFiS Gdańsk
Coached byJerzy Skucha (national)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Heptathlon: 6115 points
(2004)

Szczepańska qualified for the Polish squad in the women's heptathlon at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[2][4] Two months before the Games, she eclipsed the IAAF Olympic "B" standard and her personal record of 6115 points to place second behind gold medalist Yuliya Ignatkina of Russia at the European Cup in Hengelo, Netherlands, resulting to her official selection to the Polish Olympic team in track and field.[2][5] Szczepańska started the competition in a tie for second place with U.S. heptathlete Tiffany Lott-Hogan in the 100 metres hurdles to command the medal position, but a below-par performance in the high jump slipped her out of contention for the medal to the bottom of the leaderboard, achieving only 1.67 against leader Carolina Klüft's height by just twenty-four centimetres. Szczepańska could only manage to produce substantial events for the remaining events of the competition, until she finally landed herself to twenty-first place with a total score of 6012 points.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Magdalena Szczepańska". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Polish team for Athens". IAAF. 5 July 2004. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Pełny skład reprezentacji Polski na igrzyska olimpijskie w Atenach" [The full roster of the Polish national team for the Olympic Games in Athens] (in Polish). Wirtualna Polska. 6 July 2004. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Korzeniowski eyes third Olympic 50km crown – Polish team". IAAF. 5 July 2004. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Magdalena Szczepańska poleci do Aten" [Magdalena Szczepańska flies to Athens] (in Polish). Nasze Miasto Lublin. 11 June 2004. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  6. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's Heptathlon". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 27 September 2013.

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