|Full name||Ewa Nikola Swoboda|
|Born||July 26, 1997|
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||55 kg (121 lb)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Club||AZS AWF Katowice, formerly UKS Czwórka Żory |
|Coached by||Iwona Krupa|
|Updated on 15 July 2019.|
Ewa Nikola Swoboda (Polish pronunciation: [ˈɛva ˈnikɔla sfɔˈbɔda]; born 26 July 1997) is a Polish track and field sprinter who competes in the short sprints. She holds the world junior record of 7.07 seconds in the 60 metres. She was a 100 metres finalist at the World Youth Championships in Athletics, World Junior Championships in Athletics and Summer Youth Olympics. She was a 60 m finalist in her senior debut at the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships.
Swoboda started competing in athletics from a young age and after joining the UKS Czwórka Żory athletics club she began training under her coach Iwona Krupa. She won the Polish youth titles in the 100 metres in 2011 and 2012. The following year she won the national indoor junior 200 metres race. Her international debut came at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics and she placed fourth in the girls' 100 m with a run of 11.61 seconds; she was the best European in the race. After this she ran a personal best and Polish junior record of 11.54 seconds in the 100 m at the Polish Youth Olympic Days, where she completed a sprint double.
At the start of 2014 she claimed the Polish indoor junior title in the 60 metres. Outdoors, at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics she was fifth in the 100 m, and failed to finish in the 200 m. At the European Youth Olympic Trials in Baku she won the 100 m and was runner-up in the 200 m. This made her one of the favourites for the 2014 Youth Olympics, and she ran a new best of 11.30 seconds in her opening race – making her the seconds fastest junior athlete that year. However, her success was short-lived in that event as she was disqualified in the 100 m final for a false start in the midst of crowd noise.
Swoboda won her first senior national title at the 2015 Polish Indoor Championships and she also set a 60 metres European junior record of 7.21 seconds during the competition, which was also a world best for a seventeen-year-old. This gained her selection for the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships – her first senior appearance for Poland. Still aged seventeen, she made the final of the 60 m and ran another personal best of 7.20 seconds, improving her European junior record by 0.01 seconds. This was the joint fastest time achieved by a Polish woman in the competition's history – matching that of Irena Szewińska and Daria Korczyńska (both of whom were medallists).
In March 2018 it was announced that Swoboda would be upgraded to silver medalist at the 2017 European Indoor Championship, after Ukraine's Olesya Povh's was disqualified for the use of unauthorized substances.
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