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Monika Zofia Pyrek-Rokita (born August 11, 1980) is a retired Polish pole vaulter.

Monika Pyrek
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Monika Pyrek in 2007
Personal information
Nationality Poland
Born (1980-08-11) 11 August 1980 (age 38)
Gdynia, Poland
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb) (2012)
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)Pole vault
ClubMKL Szczecin
Monika Pyrek training at Miejski Stadion Lekkoatletyczny w Szczecinie, her club's stadium in Szczecin

Born in Gdynia, competing at the 2004 Olympics, she placed fourth with 4.55 metres, just behind another Polish pole vaulter born in Gdynia, Anna Rogowska. Monika Pyrek won a silver medal in the 2005 World Championships in Athletics with the result 4.60 m. She also won the silver medal at the 2006 European Athletics Championships.

Monika Pyrek's personal best is 4.82 metres. She has won the Polish Championship several times, most recently at the 2007 Polish Athletics Championships in Poznań.

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Medical ConditionEdit

In the interview with Sportowe Fakty, Pyrek revealed that in 2003, she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. She wondered if she was diagnosed sooner, she might have won more medals.[1]

For her sport achievements, she received:
  Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (5th Class) in 2009.

She officially retired on 11 January 2013. A day later she married Norbert Rokita, her longtime agent and life partner.[2]

Major competitions recordEdit

 
Monika Pyrek (left) after winning the silver at the 2009 World Championships.
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Poland
1997 European Junior Championships Ljubljana, Slovenia 10th 3.80 m
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 2nd 4.10 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 7th 4.15 m
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 11th 4.20 m
European Junior Championships Riga, Latvia 4th 4.10 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 9th (q) 4.20 m
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 7th 4.40 m
2001 European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st 4.40 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 3rd 4.55 m
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 4th 4.35 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 3rd 4.60 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 13th (q) 4.30 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 3rd 4.45 m
World Championships Paris, France 4th 4.55 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 4th 4.50 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th 4.50 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 4th 4.55 m
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 3rd 4.70 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 4.60 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 2nd 4.62 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 4th 4.65 m
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 4.65 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 4.65 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 4th 4.75 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 4.82 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 3rd 4.70 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 5th 4.70 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 2nd 4.65 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 10th 4.50 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 13th (q) 4.35 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 15th (q) 4.40 m

Taniec z GwiazdamiEdit

Monika Pyrek won the 12th season of Polish Dancing with the Stars - Taniec z Gwiazdami.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Pavlović Wodecki Tyszkiewicz Galiński
1 Group Salsa/ "Honeymoon Song" N/A N/A N/A N/A Safe
2 Quickstep/ "Lemon Tree" 8 8 10 9 Safe
3 Jive/ "Maneater" 8 9 10 9 Safe
4 Foxtrot/ "Blue Velvet" 8 9 9 9 Safe
5 Samba/ "Bailamos" 8 9 10 9 Safe
6 Waltz in American Smooth/ "Just the Way You Are" 7 9 9 7 Safe
7 Cha-cha-cha/ "Baw mnie" 10 10 10 10 Safe
8 Rumba/ "(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story" 7 10 10 10 Safe
9 Tango/ "Nie wierz, nie ufaj mi" 10 10 10 10 Safe
10 Salsa/ "Demasiado Corazon"
Quickstep/ "We No Speak Americano"
9
8
9
10
10
10
9
8
Safe
11 Jive/ "Hey Boy (Get Your Ass Up)"
Viennese Waltz/ "Where the Wild Roses Grow"
6
10
9
10
10
10
7
10
Safe
12 Semi-finals Paso Doble/ "Bad Romance"
Argentine Tango/ "Sensuel"
8
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
Bottom Two
13 Finals Cha-cha-cha/ "Baw mnie"
Tango/ "Nie wierz, nie ufaj mi"
Freestyle/"Nothing Compares 2 U"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://sportowefakty.wp.pl/la/713461/monika-pyrek-lekarz-powiedzial-hashimoto-czekalam-na-wyrok
  2. ^ "Pole vaulter Monika Pyrek announces her retirement". IAAF. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-01-13.

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