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Rafał Omelko (Polish pronunciation: [ˈrafaw ɔˈmɛlkɔ]; born 16 January 1989) is a Polish athlete specialising in the 400 metres.[2] He has won two medals in the 4 × 400 metres relay at the European Athletics Championships.

Rafał Omelko
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Personal information
Full nameRafał Konrad Omelko
NationalityPolish
Born (1989-01-18) 18 January 1989 (age 30)
Wrocław, Poland
EducationAcademy of Physical Education[1]
Height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
Sport
SportRunning
Event(s)Sprints
ClubAZS AWF Wrocław
Coached byMarek Rożej

CareerEdit

Omelko finished fourth at the 2013 Summer Universiade and reached the semifinals at the 2014 World Indoor Championships.

His personal bests in the event are 45.14 seconds outdoors (2016) and 46.08 indoors (2017).

Omelko and his teammates qualified to the 4 × 400 metres relay final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Polish quartet of Karol Zalewski, Rafał Omelko, Łukasz Krawczuk, Jakub Krzewina broke the world indoor record in the men's 4x400m with a stunning finish to the final track event of the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. Krzewina overtook the leaders from the beginning - Americans on the last straight and achieved the greatest success in their career.[3]

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Poland
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 5th 4 × 400 m relay 3:08.65
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 24th (h) 400 m hurdles 52.54
2011 European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:05.96 (h)
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4 × 400 m relay DQ
Universiade Kazan, Russia 4th 400 m 45.69
World Championships Moscow, Russia 7th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:01.73
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 9th (sf) 400 m 46.94
4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:04.39
IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 19th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:05.16
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 21st (sf) 400 m 46.69
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 2:59.85
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 3rd 400 m 46.26
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:02.97
IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 9th 4 × 400 m relay 3:03.23
Universiade Gwangju, South Korea 13th (sf) 400 m 46.62
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:07.77
World Championships Beijing, China 11th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:00.72
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 6th 400 m 45.67
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:01.18
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 19th (sf) 400 m 45.28
7th 4 × 400 m relay 3:00.50
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 2nd 400 m 46.08 PB
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:06.99
IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 9th (h) 4 × 200 m relay 1:24.78
3rd (B) 4 × 400 m relay 3:07.89
World Championships London, United Kingdom 18th (sf) 400 m 45.37
7th 4 × 400 m relay 3:01.59
Universiade Taipei, Taiwan 3rd 400 m 45.56
4 × 400 m relay DNF
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 8th (sf) 400 m 46.39
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:01.77 WIR
European Championships Berlin, Germany 5th 4 × 400 m relay 3:02.27
2019 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom 4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:08.40

: Competed only in heat.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2015 WSG profile
  2. ^ Rafał Omelko at IAAF
  3. ^ "Report: Men's 4X400m final – IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018". iaaf.org. IAAF. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.