In an impressive show of speed and determination, Polish sprinter Ewa Swoboda is poised to etch her name on the global stage at the upcoming World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow next month. Currently holding the second spot worldwide for the 60m event, Swoboda is on track to secure her inaugural senior global medal at the Scottish venue from March 1-3.

The significance of this championship holds deep personal meaning for Swoboda, as it unfolds in the same arena where she clinched the European Indoor Championships 60m gold in 2019. With strong family ties nearby, the sprinter expressed her anticipation, stating, “This is a significant event for me. I’m aiming for a medal and a personal best. Glasgow holds a special place in my heart, and it’s also close to my brother’s residence in Edinburgh.”

Sprinter Ewa Swoboda from Poland celebrates winning the 100 meters at the 2017 U23 World Championships.
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Swoboda’s stellar performance in the early part of the year, triumphing at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Bronze event in Lodz and securing victories at the World Indoor Tour Gold events in Ostrava and Torun, positions her as a formidable contender. Her noteworthy time of 7.01 in Torun stands as a world lead, with only Julien Alfred’s 6.99 in New York surpassing it so far this year, matching Swoboda’s personal best set in 2022.


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The Zory-born runner’s affinity for speed has been evident since her school days, where she outpaced boys and caught the attention of her teacher, propelling her journey in athletics since 2009. Swoboda’s rise to prominence encompasses significant achievements, such as finishing fourth in the 2013 World U20 Championships, clinching the European U20 title in 2015, and earning silver in the 2016 Bydgoszcz World U20 Championships.

Now at 26, Swoboda has firmly established herself as a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. Despite facing challenges, including missing the 2021 Torun European Indoor Championships and the Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19 and injury, she remains resilient. Her genuine, extroverted personality, coupled with distinctive tattoos and painted nails, has endeared her to fans globally.

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“I am not assuming any role,” asserts Swoboda. “I am simply Ewa. I am open, and I don’t have a problem smiling! It’s crucial. I love what I do, and I am content.”

Acknowledging the vibrant landscape of women’s 100m, Swoboda expresses her admiration for world champion Sha’Carri Richardson. “I enjoy running with Sha’Carri,” she says. “Sha’Carri is a remarkable individual, and her energy is embraced. It’s gratifying to be a part of this close-knit community.”

With the World Indoor Championships, European Athletics Championships, and the Olympic Games on the horizon, 2024 promises to be a monumental year for Swoboda. “First Glasgow, then Rome and Paris!” she exclaims.

As for her unique body art, Swoboda hints at the possibility of acquiring more tattoos after her indoor competitions, stating, “Not immediately. Perhaps when I achieve a significant victory? Maybe after the indoor events, some more tattoos. I find it enjoyable; it’s my hobby.” Currently, the pursuit of precious medals takes precedence over ink on her skin.