Despite the fact that in the total classification of 115 (!) the world championship is only 20th place with 23 medals, there were many memorable moments in the history of white-and-red performances.
The first Polish medalist of the world championship was a Rider from Włókniarz Łódź Wacław Latoch, who in 1967 in Amsterdam won silver in a one-kilometre race.
We had to wait for the first gold of the Pole until 1973, when Janusz Kierzkowski received the highest prize in San Sebastian. This rider, together with Katarzyna Pawłowska, won for our country the most medals at the world championships – a total of four (gold, silver and two bronzes).
In the 1975 and 1976 championships the golden double was awarded to the Benedykt Kocot Janusz Kotliński tandem. Interestingly, this discipline was part of the World Championships until 1994.
The 17-year-old medal drought in 2006 was ended by Rafał Ratajczyk, who in Bordeaux won silver in the point race. A year later, in Palma de Mallorca, he stood on the lowest step of the podium in scratch.
The first Polish woman to win the World Championship medal is Katarzyna Pawłowska, who in 2012 surprised the cycling world by winning a scratch. She repeated this success a year later in Minsk. In 2014 she won silver in Cali, Colombia and in 2016 in the point race held in London she stood on the top of the podium again. Three gold medals make Pawłowska the most successful Polish track ship in history.
The last two championship events were very successful for Adrian Tekliński and Szymon Sajnok. The first in 2017 in Honk Kong triumphed in scratch, the second this year in Apeldoorn won the omnium.
9 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze are the red-and-white balance at the World Championships in Track Cycling. Already at the turn of February and March 2019, our athletes will want to present the world-class racing to the home crowd, which may result in the fact that our flag will appear again during the medal ceremonies.
See you in Pruszków!