Katarzyna Kowalska, Berlin Marathon 2015
|Born||7 April 1985|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||55 kg (121 lb) (2012)|
|Event(s)||3000 m steeplechase|
|Club||LKS Vectra Włocławek|
Katarzyna Kowalska (born 7 April 1985 in Lipno) is a Polish long-distance runner who specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase. She represented Poland at the 2008 Olympic Games and 2012 Olympic Games and reached the final of the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. She also competed at the 2006 European Athletics Championships and the 2007, 2009 and 2013 World Championships.
Kowalska was Poland's best finisher at the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She has won numerous medals at under-23 level, including two golds at the European Athletics U23 Championships and a bronze at the European Cross Country Championships.
Her first international competition was the 2004 IAAF World Junior Championships, where she finish fourth in her heats. Kowalska won the steeplechase gold at the 2005 European Athletics U23 Championships. In 2006, she won a bronze in the European Cup and at the 2006 European Athletics Championships she recorded a personal best of 9:42.50 in the qualifiers before going on to finish ninth in the final. She represented Europe in the 5000 metres at the 2006 IAAF World Cup in Athens but finished in last place. She ran at the 2006 European Cross Country Championships in the under-23 race and although she finished ninth, she headed Poland to the team silver medal.
She won the gold medal at the 2007 European Cup and retained her title at the 2007 European Athletics U23 Championships with a personal best run of 9:39.40. She made her first global appearance for Poland at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics later that year, getting eliminated in the heats stage. In December, she won the individual and team bronze medals in the under-23 competition at the 2007 European Cross Country Championships. She represented Poland at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but again failed to progress beyond the heats of the steeplechase. Having recorded a new personal best time of 9:26.93 in the heats, Kowalska reached her first global senior final at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics and finished in twelfth place. She was selected to run at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final and she finished in eighth.
After winning the Polish Cross Country Championships in 2010, she attended the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, and was the host's best performer with a 36th-place finish in the women's senior race.
|1500 m||4:12.66||Warsaw, Poland||15 June 2008|
|3000 m||9:12.40||Bydgoszcz, Poland||3 June 2011|
|3000 m steeplechase||9:26.93||Berlin, Germany||15 August 2009|
|5000 m||15:48.88||Bydgoszcz, Poland||11 August 2011|
|Half marathon||1:10:06||Prague, Czech Republic||2 April 2016|
|Marathon||2:29:41||Berlin, Germany||27 September 2015|
- All information taken from IAAF profile.
- Kowalska Katarzyna Biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-04.
- Bobocel back on top with U23 victory Archived 2007-12-10 at the Wayback Machine. European Athletics (2007-12-09). Retrieved on 2010-06-04.
- Lopatto, Maciej (2010-03-17). Snow and mud awaits in Bydgoszcz - World Cross Country Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-17.
- Senior Race - W Final. IAAF (2010-03-28). Retrieved on 2010-03-30.