Polish world champion Fajdek will avoid flying after losing equipment twice

July 16, 2022; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Pawel Fajdek (POL) celebrates after winning the hammer with a 268-11 (81.98m) throw during the Oregon 22 World Championships in Athletics at Hayward Field. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

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Aug 10 (Reuters) – Pawel Fajdek, bronze medalist in the hammer throw from the Tokyo Olympics in Poland, will travel to this month’s European Championships in Munich, Germany, by car as the five-time champion of the world wants to avoid losing their equipment for the third time while traveling by plane. .

“After the latest mishaps, I prefer to choose a bit safer mode of transport,” Fajdek told Polish newspaper Sportowe Fakty.

Fajdek competed in the 2022 World Championships in Athletics, held in Eugene, Oregon, without his favorite gear, but that didn’t stop him from winning his fifth straight gold medal in the event. .

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The precious cargo was lost on a flight ahead of an international event in the French town of Sotteville in early July, at which Fajdek was unable to compete because his equipment was not found.

The 33-year-old was unable to collect his luggage for a second time as he returned to Poland after the World Championship. He received his suitcase a week later to find that his gear was probably damaged due to water damage, possibly rain.

Other Polish athletes who returned from the world’s flagship event also encountered the same problem on their way home.

“Hopefully the remaining athletes who have chosen to fly will be luckier than they have been in recent times,” he added.

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Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdansk Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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