Katarzyna Kowalska

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Katarzyna Kowalska
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Katarzyna Kowalska, Berlin Marathon 2015
Personal information
Nationality Poland
Born (1985-04-07) 7 April 1985 (age 34)
Lipno, Poland
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb) (2012)
Event(s)3000 m steeplechase
ClubLKS 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.[1] 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.[1] In December, she won the individual and team bronze medals in the under-23 competition at the 2007 European Cross Country Championships.[2] 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.[1]

After winning the Polish Cross Country Championships in 2010,[3] 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.[4]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (min) Venue Date
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.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Poland
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 15th (heats) 3000 m st. 10:35.22
2005 European U23 Championships Erfurt, Germany 1st 3000 m st. 9:54.17
2006 European Cup Málaga, Spain 3rd 3000 m st. 9:56.10
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 9th 3000 m st. 9:42.89
IAAF World Cup Athens, Greece 8th 5000 m 16:18.35
European Cross Country Championships San Giorgio su Legnano, Italy 9th U23 race (5.975 km) 19:24
2nd U23 race - Team 65 pts
2007 European Cup Munich, Germany 1st 3000 m st 9:45.35
European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 1st 3000 m st. 9:39.40
World Championships Osaka, Japan 29th (heats) 3000 m st. 9:58.74
European Cross Country Championships Toro, Spain 3rd U23 race (6.7 km) 22:44
3rd U23 race - Team 58 pts
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 33rd (heats) 3000 m st. 9:47.02
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 12th 3000 m st. 9:30.37
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 8th 3000 m st. 9:37.86
European Team Championships Leiria, Portugal 8th 3000 m st. 9:58.54
2010 World Cross Country Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 36th Senior race (7.759 km) 26:45
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 10th 3000 m st. 9:42.47
European Team Championships Bergen, Norway 3rd 3000 m st. 9:43.40
2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain 30th (heats) 3000 m st. 9:48.60
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 10h2 3000 m st. 9:44.12
2013 European Team Championships Gateshead, Great Britain 11th 3000 m st. 10:11.26
2014 European Championships Zurich, Switzerland 7th 3000 m st. 9:43.09
2014 European Team Championships Braunschweig, Germany 3rd 3000 m st. 9:41.78
2015 European Team Championships Cheboksary, Russia 6th 3000 m st. 10:03.44
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil DNF Marathon DNF
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany 29th (h) 3000 m st. 9:54.83


  1. ^ a b c Kowalska Katarzyna Biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-04.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Lopatto, Maciej (2010-03-17). Snow and mud awaits in Bydgoszcz - World Cross Country Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-17.
  4. ^ Senior Race - W Final. IAAF (2010-03-28). Retrieved on 2010-03-30.

External links[edit]

  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Katarzyna Kowalska". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.