Four important questions and four answers. Among the athletes invited to the interviews are many well-known personalities of our sport. Today – Dariusz Groch! ()
PeSzy: Hello Darek! Four questions to you. Let's begin with the fights you lost - you expected to win but lost. The opponent surprised you and you couldn't win. Which ones do you find the most memorable? And about the wins too; which ones came easier than you expected?
Darek Groch: The fights you lose stay in your memory the longest. Let's start with 2012, and if I'm not wrong my first tournament duel with Rafał Woźny. I disregared him in the first fight, at least that's what I thought because I lost in the finals again, and then there were no excuses. From the lost fights I also remember clearly the one with Karol Myszkiewicz at Poland Championships in 2016. Back then I knew it was going to be a close duel, and close it was but by the end of it, when I already thought I was controlling the opponent's hand, I gave away the centre of the table because I was counting I could rest a little on my losing side since I felt really confident in that angle. Unfortunately Karol took off from there and I couldn't save the situation from that moment onwards.
About the quick wins that I didn't expect, it was during the qualifiers duel at the World Championships with Eduardo Tiette (Brazil) when I beat him very quickly on the right arm. Here comes the rule that two hands aren't equal because a month earlier Eduardo won with Dawid Bartosiewicz during Vendetta with whom I, on the right arm, have never won. In 2013, the duel for the World Championships semi-finals entry with Khetagie Dzitiev was a pleasant surprise for me, though before I started I already had a foul and a reprimand for a false start.