Unexpected final of the European Games gold medal match.
Another day of teqball competition at the Market Square in Krakow attracted crowds of fans. Fans were attracted by the spectacular discipline, which is played from 28 June to 1 July. On Friday, mixed pairs competed. Poland was represented by Marek Pokwap, a teqball player aged just 18, and Alicja Bartnicka, the Polish champion.
–We have a chance to become an Olympic sport in 2032, I will only be 32 then,’ he said before the competition.
The favourite lost the final
The Poles got through the group stage without any major problems. They had the most problems in their first match against France, in which they lost a set. In the quarter-finals, they defeated Austria 2-0. It was only in the semi-finals that Serbia proved too strong for them.
In the bronze match, the Poles confidently won the first game against the more experienced Czechs, 12:6. In the second game, although they led high, they squandered the advantage. It was 10:10 when Pokwap served. Thanks to two extremely successful services, he and Bartnicka took the third place on the podium.
In the final he played Nikola Mitro, who has won medals at four consecutive World Teqball Duo Championships. Three times gold and once silver. He was accompanied by Maja Umićević, bronze medallist at the 2019 World Championships, and the Serbs faced Hungary. Lea Vasas is one of the few female footballers who has turned the turf into a table. She played for MTK Hungaria FC. She was accompanied by Balas Katz, a player of 1908 SZAC Budapest. The gold was enjoyed by professional footballers. Quite unexpectedly, the Serbs lost 0:2.