Dear fans of athletics!

We are very happy that the European Athletics Indoor Championships will take place in Torun 2021. Due to the fact that there's 9 months to the championships, we want to remind you the athletes who are the reigning European indoor champions. The last edition of the EICH took place in Glasgow, Scotland in 2019. The articles about the athletes who will defend the European indoor title in Torun will be published on the official website every two weeks on Thursday, starting today.

At first, we chose the queen and the king of the European sprint - Ewa Swoboda and Ján Volko!

Ewa is 22 years old sprinter from Żory and has many international successes. In 2015 she won a gold medal in the 100m at the European Junior Championships in Eskilstuna and one year later in Bydgoszcz she was third at the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz. She's undisputed the fastest European U23 woman, as evidenced by two gold medals at the European U23 Championships in the 100m (Bydgoszcz 2017 and Gävle 2019). She also finished second at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade 2017 and improved that two years later. She's the European indoor champion in the 60m from Glasgow 2019.
Swoboda missed this year's indoor season, because her aim was the focus on the preparation for the Olympics in Tokyo. Unfortunately, before making this decision, nobody knew what would happen in the first half of 2020. Certainly, the coronavirus thwarted Swoboda's plans. We believe, Ewa will strongly start 2021 and defend the title of the European indoor champion!

Swoboda's indoor personal best in the 60m is 7.07, set on 12 February 2016 in Torun at the Copernicus Cup meeting.án Volko is 23 years old, born in Bratislava, Slovakia. His achievements are very similar to Swoboda's. He is double medalist of the European U23 Championships in Bydgoszcz 2017 - silver in the 100m and gold in the 200m. In the same year at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade, he finished second in the 60m and two years later he won in Glasgow. Volko competed on the track at the Arena Torun. He participated and won twice in the indoor meeting Copernicus Cup, which is part of the World Athletics Indoor Tour. In 2018 he run the 60m in 6.57 and in 2020 he clocked 6.58. This year's indoor season was very intense for Slovak, because he competed in 8 meetings and national indoor championships. He stood on the podium in every competition. 

Volko's indoor personal best in the 60m is 6.55, set on 21 February 2020 in Madrid at the Villa de Madrid meeting.

European indoor records
6.92 Irina Privalova (Russia) 11.02.1993 Madrid 9.02.1995 Madrid
6.42 Dwain Chambers (Great Britain) 7.03.2009 Turin
Indoor championships records
7.00 Nelli Cooman (Netherlands) 23.02.1986 Madrid
6.42 Dwain Chambers (Great Britain) 7.03.2009 Turin