Pole vaulter Paweł Wojciechowski has been chosen by the Polish Olympic Committee to represent the country at the London Olympics, despite failing to jump the required minimum height this season.
The 2011 World Pole Vault Champion has been suffering from injuries this year but has been picked by the Olympic committee to represent Poland, in the belief that Wojciechowski could win the country a medal – which could be thin on the ground at the track and field events.
“Last year he was a world champion. Last season he fulfilled the minimum jump of 5.91 meters. In my view, regardless of the controversy, he should go,” says Sebastian Chmara, vice president of the Polish Athletics Association
The Pole vaulter’s inclusion brings the number of the Polish olymp;ic team to 218 athletes.
“This is the final number. The composition of the team can be increased by a maximum of three people who are on the reserve list,” Olympic committee General Secretary Adam Krzesinski said on Monday.
On Wednesday, it will be decided who will replace Poland’s gold medal mountain bike hope Maja Włoszczowska, who pulled out of the games on Monday after breaking her right foot in training while in Italy.
Either Anna Szafraniec or Paula Gorycka will take her place.
The London 2012 Olympics begin on 27 July.