PolandTiffany Porter – impressed when wearing a match mask because of the influence of Covdi-19 – finished third in the 60m European indoor athletics competition on March 7.

“I didn’t practice to finish second,” Porter said after the semifinal with results she described as poor (8.04 seconds) on March 6. However, on the 60m final run yesterday, this pharmacist only pulled 12% more seconds, to reach the result of 7.92 seconds. This is still 7.89 seconds behind Porter’s personal best performance (PB), and is only ranked third overall.

Porter (left) is a rare athlete who wears a mask even during the game.  Photo: Athletics Weekly

Porter (left) is a rare athlete who wears a mask even during the game. Image: Athletics Weekly

The gold medal in this content belonged to Nadine Visser, the Dutch athlete who finished first after 7.77 seconds. Porter’s teammate on the British track and field team Cynthia Sember won a silver medal with 7.89 seconds – her best performance since 2017.

Although he failed to reach the first place finish, Porter was still the first athlete in history to win a medal at a continental track and field event wearing a mask during competition. “I am not wearing a mask to attract attention, but it is really important to me. If I wear a mask that inspires someone else, it would be great,” said the 33-year-old mother.

Porter’s bronze medal is one of 12 UK medals at this tournament. One of their two gold HCs belonged to Keely Hodgkinson – Britain’s new running prodigy – in the women’s 800m, with a record of 2 minutes 3.88 seconds. At the age of 19, Hodgkinson is the youngest British athlete ever to win a gold medal at the European indoor track and field championships after 50 years.

Keely Hodgkinson finished first at 800m.  Photo: Athletics Weekly

Keely Hodgkinson finished first at 800m women. Image: Athletics Weekly

Four days of European Indoor Championships took place in Torun, Poland, from March 4 to March 7, taking place at the indoor track and around the stadium hosted by the European Athletics Federation. function. This is the second time that Poland has hosted the tournament, after the first time in Katowice in 1975. The tournament has 13 men’s and 13 women’s events, with 733 athletes from 46 countries. The Netherlands won the group with 4 gold medals, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. The UK finished third with 2 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 6 bronze medals.

European Indoor Championships have been around since 1970, on a two-year cycle.

Tiffany Porter has been a pharmacist in Michigan, USA since 2012 and is one of the medical staff on the front line of Covid-19 anti-epidemic action. She considers wearing a mask as a daily routine and is not affected by the competition. Porter won many medals and reached the Olympic final. This is Porter’s return after giving birth and wants to prove to her daughter that she can do many things at the same time.

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