Natalia Maliszewska was listed as one of our medal hopes for the Olympic medal in Beijing. Things were complicated by the coronavirus. Who is a talented athlete from Białystok? Will Natalia Maliszewska still fight for a medal? When does it start?
Who is Natalia Maliszewska? – I go straight ahead and quickly to the left – this is how she described herself on social media.
She was born on September 16, 1995 in Białystok and represents the local Juvenia club.
He does speed skating, specializing in a spectacular short track. Natalia followed in the footsteps of her older sister Patrycja, an international event medalist and two-time Olympian.
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Natalia started short track in 2007. She has already been very successful – she is the world vice-champion in the 500 m race (2018) and European 500 m champion (2019) and MR bronze winner in the relay (2013) and 500 m race (2020). She also won the general classification in the 500 m World Cup in the 2018/2019 season, and in the 2021/2022 season she was third in the classification.
She has already competed at the Olympic Games – in Pyeongchang she took 11th place at a distance of 500 meters.
This year’s Beijing Olympics will be her second Olympic start. Natalia was even mentioned among those who have a chance to win the Olympic medal at a distance of 500 m. This is the distance where she achieved the greatest successes in her career.
But matters were complicated by the coronavirus. Shortly after arriving in Beijing, Maliszewska had two positive coronavirus test results and her performance was questioned. To be cleared to take off, she had to have two negative test results, carried out 24 hours apart. Natalia Maliszewska received the first negative test result on Wednesday, February 2. Except on Thursday, the test was positive again, and so was the test result on Friday. The Polish Olympic Committee tried to fight for the possibility to start by filing an appeal.
The day before the scheduled start of the qualifying round at the crown distance Maliszewska (500m), the POC informed that Maliszewska could start in Saturday’s qualifying round! “We would like to inform you that thanks to the actions and efforts of the leadership of the Polish Olympic Mission and the Polish Olympic Committee, Natalia Maliszewska has been released from an isolation hotel and is already in the Beijing Olympic Village!”
On Saturday, it turned out that Maliszewska … was not allowed to take off …
When does Natalia Maliszewska start?
The qualifying and finals at a distance of 500 m for women were held without a Pole.
Natalia Maliszewska, there is hope for more starts. On February 9, the competition starts in 1000 meters and in the relay. On February 16, a competition of 1500 meters is planned.
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