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Sports, arts and community things are hardly the top priorities of the omnipotent commercialist powers that be. That is prime city centre real estate that developers just can't wait to get their hands on and turn into upscale gated housding cum shopping faiclites. The only hope to reverse such a tendency is the current people-friendly PiS government which you dislike, but business and scam-friendly PO certainly won't do it.
The unquestioned heroine of the Rio games was hammer-thrower Anita Włodarczyk, referred to by the Polish media as "Golden Anita". She not only won the gold medal when she hurled her hammer an amazing 82.29 meters, but also broke her own world record by 1.21 meters. In addition, the two-time world champion and three-time European champion became the first woman in Olympic history to outdo the men's hammer-throw champion - in Rio an athlete form Tajikistan who scored a mere 78.68 meters.
One of the event's biggest disappointments was Polish men's hammer-thrower, two-time world champion Paweł Fajdek who not only was sure of a gold medal but planned to break the 86.74 meter record set by a Russian in 1986. It turned out that Fajdek didn't even make it through the elimination phase. Like a little boy, the 264-pound hulk dropped to the ground and cried! The honor of Poland's male hammer-throwers was defended by Wojciech Nowicki who won a bronze medal in the sport.
Oktawia Nowacka, a career soldier in the Polish Army, brought home the bronze in modern pentathlon, a sport combining fencing, free-style swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting and a 3200-meter cross-country run. A bronze medal was also won by woman wrestler Monika Michalik.
Discus thrower Piotr Małachowski had his heart set on Olympic gold, but had to settle for silver. His claim to fame, however, transcended the strictly athletic realm, when he decided to auction off his medal to help a little Polish boy. Three-year-old Olek (Aleksander) Szymański has a rare eye cancer and who stands to lose one of his eyes. The only hope for curing it is at New York clinic where the surgery costs $264,000. Małachowski got the ball rolling, and others have been pitching in.
This year's Polish Olympic team was not without its whiff of scandal. Brother weightlifters, Tomasz and Adrian Zieliński, were disqualified and sent home on doping charges. They hotly denied consciously ingesting any illegal substance, but the tests conducted by the anti-doping lab proved otherwise.
As the Rio Olympics were winding down, it appeared Poland might end up not with the 17 medals predicted by optimists but with the same ten the country had won at the previous three 21st-century games: Athens (2004), Beijing (2008) and London (2012). The balance was tipped by mountain biker Maja Włoszczowska who came second over a grueling, curvy, hilly, obstacle-strewn course. A major disappointment was the Poles' failure to win bronze in the handball finals where they lost to the Germans.