Marika Popowicz in 2015
|Full name||Marika Julianna Popowicz-Drapała|
28 April 1988 |
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 4 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||53 kg (117 lb) (2012)|
|Event(s)||100 m, 200 m|
Marika Popowicz-Drapała (Polish pronunciation: [maˈrika pɔˈpɔvit͡ʂ draˈpawa]; born 28 April 1988) is a Polish track and field athlete who specialises in sprinting. She is a two-time European bronze medalist in the 4 x 100 metres relay.
Popowicz-Drapała was born 28 April 1988 in Gniezno, Poland. She is married to a former sprinter, Radosław Drapała.
2005 to 2008
Popowicz-Drapała made her first major appearances in 2005, finishing in sixth place in the 200 metres at the 2005 World Youth Championships in Athletics and helping the Polish women's 4×100 metres relay team to a gold medal at the 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships. She became the Polish junior champion in the 100 metres and 200 m in 2006 and went on to reach the semi-finals of both events at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Beijing. She attended the 2007 European Athletics Junior Championships and formed part of the relay team which won the bronze medal. She was selected as a back-up runner for the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, but ultimately did not compete.
Popowicz-Drapała won senior medals for the first time in 2009 at an International Military Sports Council competition: she won the bronze in the 100 m and silver in the 200 m behind Marta Jeschke at the 2009 World Military Track and Field Championship . Representing Poland at the 2009 European Team Championships, she finished fifth overall in the 100 m. She won a relay silver medal with the Polish team at the 2009 Summer Universiade and repeated the feat at the 2009 European Athletics U23 Championships (where she also won bronze medals in the 100 and 200 m events). She was selected for the 100 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, but did not start.
At the start of 2010, Popowicz-Drapała took part in the women's 60 metres at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships but was eliminated in the heats stage. She helped promote the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz by taking part in a pre-championship cross country race. She won the bronze medal with the Polish 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2010 European Athletics Championships breaking the Polish national record.
|50 metres||6.33+||Spała, Poland||19 February 2011|||
|60 metres||7.20||Toruń, Poland||5 March 2016|
|100 metres||11.28||Bydgoszcz, Poland||14 June 2015|
|200 metres||23.15||Kaunas, Lithuania||18 July 2009|
- All information taken from IAAF profile.
- 200 Metres - W Final. IAAF (2005-07-17). Retrieved on 2010-03-31.
- 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships results. European Athletics (2005). Retrieved on 2010-03-31.
- Popowicz Marika. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-31.
- 2007 European Athletics Junior Championships Medallists by event. European Athletics (2007-07-22). Retrieved on 2010-03-31.
- RESULTS: 200 m WOMEN (FINAL). CISM World Military Track and Field Championship 2009. Retrieved on 2010-03-31.
- RESULTS: 100 m - WOMEN - FINAL. CISM World Military Track and Field Championship 2009. Retrieved on 2010-03-31.
- Results - 100m Women. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-03-31.
- 60 Metres - W Heats. IAAF (2010-03-12). Retrieved on 2010-03-31.
- Turner, Chris (2010-01-05). Bydgoszcz braves the cold and takes to its feet to promote 2010 World XC. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-12.
- Z. Jonik (2010-02-24). "HMP '11 w Spale: trzy rekordy Polski" (in Polish). PZLA. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
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