As you probably know already, European Championships in Poland are just ahead of us. For our Polish armwrestlers, Polish Championships were the qualifiers for European Championships. Here's the -link- to the results, make sure to check who you will fight with in your category. And now, I want to introduce to you a competitor who also qualified to the national representation but will not participate. However, it doesn't change the fact that it's worth it to meet the athlete who's just won his 10th Polish Champion title. ()
Polish Championships were the qualifiers for European Championships.
I'm coming back to the recent 22nd Polish Championships and interviews with athletes who took the first place on the podium. Today – Bartek Bednarski whose armwrestling career has lasted for many years already. This year, Bartek celebrated a jubilee of a kind – he earned his 10th Polish Champion title. In seniors, 86kg, left arm – a silver among 21 competitors. The winner was Grzegorz Nowotarski. With his right arm – gold!
PeSzy: Bartek, how long have you been starting? It's a weird question, I know that it's been long, but today (interview after the decoration ceremony in Jaworzno) you have special reasons for celebration.
Bartłomiej Bednarski: Since 2016, I have managed to get 9 medals at Polish Championships and Polish Cups, including 3 silvers and 6 bronzes.
I have been training since I was 15, I started competing in Polish Championships in 2006 where I got two silver medals. I felt dissatisfied but it motivated me to train further. While starting in competitions I managed to perform quite well at a few international events, I placed 4th at World Championships in Bulgaria and 5th at World Championships on Russia. My biggest success so far was placing 3rd at Professionals' World Cup in 63kg.
When it comes to national results, as I've already bragged before, I got my tenth Polish Champion title in Jaworzno, and I can't count my silvers and bronzes anymore.
PeSzy: What helped you win this year's Polish Championships?
Bartek: There were a few factors. In January I weighed 103 kg so I had to go on a diet that wasn't really tasty and was hard to prepare but it allowed me to lose some weight while remaining strong and energized for training. I was supported by a physiotherapist who helped me with some issues with my arms. I definitely didn't have enough sparring matches before the competition but I'm not sure if it helped me regenerate or if I would have been even stronger if I sparred as much as I had in the past.
PeSzy: The 86 kg category was very strong...
Bartek: My category was probably the biggest, there were 21 of us in total. My victory with the right arm was not luck, I really just felt stronger than the other competitors.