Anna Rogowska (Getty Images)
Anna Rogowska (Getty Images)
  • COUNTRY Poland Poland
  • DATE OF BIRTH 21 MAY 1981


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Updated 3 August 2008

Anna ROGOWSKA, Poland (Pole Vault)


Born 21 May 1981, Gdynia
1.70m / 52kg
Lives: Gdynia
Coach: Jacek Torlinski (husband)
Club: SKLA Sopot

When Anna Rogowska went to Athens for her first Olympic competition, the average fan of sport in Poland didn’t know who she was. Then the whole country watched her fight hard against the Russians, Yelena Isinbayeva and Svetlana Feofanova, in the women’s Pole Vault, before she finally won the bronze medal.
 
Rogowska started her sporting activities as a 100m Hurdler in Sopot, but she changed quickly to the Pole Vault and joined Edward Szymczak’s specialist group in Gdansk, which already included Monika Pyrek. This duo began a hard rivalry, so in a short time it was clear there was one star too many around Szymczak.

For that reason, Pyrek moved to Szczecin, whereas Rogowska decided to go away with her sweetheart, Jacek Torlinski, who soon became her personal coach in the SKLA of Sopot club and married Anna. The couple can be found almost every day in one of the most beautiful park stadiums in Poland. Rogowska, a blonde Venus, is always surrounded by hordes of fans because of her exceptional beauty and great popularity in sport.

In contrast to Isinbayeva, Rogowska has never been a gymnast, so she is trying to practise many gymnastic elements now. It seemed after the 2004 Olympic Games that Rogowska was the only pole vaulter capable of beating the Russian queen but some technical difficulties arose and she was unable to do so. Instead she was losing competitions, very often no-heighting.

Torlinski was trying to find a solution, but his wife still had problems, partly in her mind. In 2007, the couple decided to consult the famous Russian coach, Yevgeniy Trofimov, who had coached Isinbayeva to World and Olympic titles. Anna and Jacek went to Volgograd for two months and she kept training there under the eye of both coaches.

Unfortunately, nothing was resolved. After returning to Poland, Rogowska added one more “zero” to her competitive collection. At the World Championships, in Osaka, she placed only eighth, deeply below expectations.

In 2008, the former World Indoor Championships runner-up has performed much better, approaching the Olympic Games, in Bejing, with a season’s best of 4.66. “I’m ready to fight for medals once again,” said Rogowska, the only Polish track and field athlete to sign a personal contract with Nike. She has been plagued by different leg injuries for two years but, after undergoing surgery in Munich, all health problems disappeared. 


Personal Bests

4.83 NR (2005); 4.80i NR (2006)


Yearly Progression

1997: 2.60; 1998: 2.90; 1999: 3.40; 2000: 3.60; 2001: 3.90; 2002: 4.40; 2003: 4.47; 2004: 4.71; 2005: 4.83; 2006: 4.70/4.80i; 2007: 4.60/4.72i; 2008: 4.66


Career Highlights

2002 q  European Indoor Championships (Vienna)   4.20
 7th  European Championships (Munich)    4.30
2003 6th  World Indoor Championships (Birmingham)   4.35
 3rd  European Under-23 Championships (Bydgoszcz)  4.35
 7th  World Championships (Paris)     4.45
2004 7th  World Indoor Championships (Budapest)   4.40
 3rd  Olympic Games (Athens)      4.70
 3rd  World Athletics Final (Monaco)     4.60
2005 2nd  European Indoor Championships (Madrid)   4.75
 1st  European Cup, Super League (Florence)   4.60
 6th  World Championships (Helsinki)     4.35
 7th  World Athletics Final (Monaco)     4.35
2006  2nd  World Indoor Championships (Moscow)    4.75
2007  3rd  European Indoor Championships (Birmingham)  4.66
 8th  World Championships (Osaka)     4.60
2008 6th  World Indoor Championships (Valencia)    4.55
          2nd  European Cup, Super League (Annecy)    4.66

 

Prepared by Maciej Petruczenko for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
Pole Vault 4.83 Bruxelles 26 AUG 2005
Personal Best - Indoor
Performance Wind Place Date
Pole Vault 4.85 Paris-Bercy (Palais Omnisports) 06 MAR 2011
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
Pole Vault Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 4.50 New York City, NY 14 JUN
2014 4.50 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 05 JUN
2013 4.60 Slupsk 17 JUL
2012 4.70 Sotteville-lès-Rouen 10 JUL
2011 4.75 Stockholm 18 JUN
2010 4.71 Bydgoszcz 06 JUN
2009 4.80 Bydgoszcz 01 AUG
2008 4.66 Annecy 21 JUN
2007 4.60 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 28 AUG
2006 4.70 Sopot 03 JUN
2005 4.83 Bruxelles 26 AUG
2004 4.71 Thessaloníki 19 JUL
2003 4.45 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 25 AUG
2003 4.45 Bydgoszcz 13 JUL
2002 4.40 München 07 AUG
2001 3.90 Somoskö 26 AUG
Progression - Indoor showShow All Graphs
Pole Vault Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 4.76 Gent (Topsporthal) 09 FEB
2013 4.67 Göteborg (Scandinavium) 02 MAR
2012 4.71 Spala 26 FEB
2011 4.85 Paris-Bercy (Palais Omnisports) 06 MAR
2010 4.81 Bydgoszcz 10 FEB
2009 4.71 Bydgoszcz 10 FEB
2008 4.62 Donetsk 16 FEB
2007 4.72 Donetsk 10 FEB
2006 4.80 Liévin 05 MAR
2005 4.75 Madrid 06 MAR
2005 4.75 Donetsk 12 FEB
2004 4.52 Donetsk 15 FEB
2003 4.47 Praha (Strahov) 19 FEB
2002 4.22 Praha (Stromovka) 14 FEB
2001 3.81 Warszawa 14 JAN
Honours - Pole Vault
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF World Indoor Championships 2014 5 4.65 Sopot (Ergo Arena) 09 MAR 2014
14th IAAF World Championships q1 NM Moskva (Luzhniki) 11 AUG 2013
The XXX Olympic Games f NM London (OP) 06 AUG 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 10 4.55 Daegu 30 AUG 2011
13th IAAF World Indoor Championships 3 4.70 Doha 14 MAR 2010
IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 4 4.50 Thessaloniki 12 SEP 2009
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 1 4.75 Berlin 17 AUG 2009
The XXIX Olympic Games 10 4.45 Beijing (National Stadium) 18 AUG 2008
12th IAAF World Indoor Championships 6 4.55 Valencia, ESP 08 MAR 2008
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 8 4.60 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 28 AUG 2007
11th IAAF World Indoor Championships 2 4.75 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 11 MAR 2006
3rd IAAF World Athletics Final 7 4.35 Monaco 10 SEP 2005
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 6 4.35 Helsinki 12 AUG 2005
2nd IAAF World Athletics Final 3 4.60 Monaco 19 SEP 2004
28th Olympic Games 3 4.70 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 24 AUG 2004
10th IAAF World Indoor Championships 7 4.40 Budapest (SA) 06 MAR 2004
9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 7 4.45 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 25 AUG 2003
9th IAAF World Indoor Championships 6 4.35 Birmingham, GBR 16 MAR 2003


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Updated 3 August 2008

Anna ROGOWSKA, Poland (Pole Vault)


Born 21 May 1981, Gdynia
1.70m / 52kg
Lives: Gdynia
Coach: Jacek Torlinski (husband)
Club: SKLA Sopot

When Anna Rogowska went to Athens for her first Olympic competition, the average fan of sport in Poland didn’t know who she was. Then the whole country watched her fight hard against the Russians, Yelena Isinbayeva and Svetlana Feofanova, in the women’s Pole Vault, before she finally won the bronze medal.
 
Rogowska started her sporting activities as a 100m Hurdler in Sopot, but she changed quickly to the Pole Vault and joined Edward Szymczak’s specialist group in Gdansk, which already included Monika Pyrek. This duo began a hard rivalry, so in a short time it was clear there was one star too many around Szymczak.

For that reason, Pyrek moved to Szczecin, whereas Rogowska decided to go away with her sweetheart, Jacek Torlinski, who soon became her personal coach in the SKLA of Sopot club and married Anna. The couple can be found almost every day in one of the most beautiful park stadiums in Poland. Rogowska, a blonde Venus, is always surrounded by hordes of fans because of her exceptional beauty and great popularity in sport.

In contrast to Isinbayeva, Rogowska has never been a gymnast, so she is trying to practise many gymnastic elements now. It seemed after the 2004 Olympic Games that Rogowska was the only pole vaulter capable of beating the Russian queen but some technical difficulties arose and she was unable to do so. Instead she was losing competitions, very often no-heighting.

Torlinski was trying to find a solution, but his wife still had problems, partly in her mind. In 2007, the couple decided to consult the famous Russian coach, Yevgeniy Trofimov, who had coached Isinbayeva to World and Olympic titles. Anna and Jacek went to Volgograd for two months and she kept training there under the eye of both coaches.

Unfortunately, nothing was resolved. After returning to Poland, Rogowska added one more “zero” to her competitive collection. At the World Championships, in Osaka, she placed only eighth, deeply below expectations.

In 2008, the former World Indoor Championships runner-up has performed much better, approaching the Olympic Games, in Bejing, with a season’s best of 4.66. “I’m ready to fight for medals once again,” said Rogowska, the only Polish track and field athlete to sign a personal contract with Nike. She has been plagued by different leg injuries for two years but, after undergoing surgery in Munich, all health problems disappeared. 


Personal Bests

4.83 NR (2005); 4.80i NR (2006)


Yearly Progression

1997: 2.60; 1998: 2.90; 1999: 3.40; 2000: 3.60; 2001: 3.90; 2002: 4.40; 2003: 4.47; 2004: 4.71; 2005: 4.83; 2006: 4.70/4.80i; 2007: 4.60/4.72i; 2008: 4.66


Career Highlights

2002 q  European Indoor Championships (Vienna)   4.20
 7th  European Championships (Munich)    4.30
2003 6th  World Indoor Championships (Birmingham)   4.35
 3rd  European Under-23 Championships (Bydgoszcz)  4.35
 7th  World Championships (Paris)     4.45
2004 7th  World Indoor Championships (Budapest)   4.40
 3rd  Olympic Games (Athens)      4.70
 3rd  World Athletics Final (Monaco)     4.60
2005 2nd  European Indoor Championships (Madrid)   4.75
 1st  European Cup, Super League (Florence)   4.60
 6th  World Championships (Helsinki)     4.35
 7th  World Athletics Final (Monaco)     4.35
2006  2nd  World Indoor Championships (Moscow)    4.75
2007  3rd  European Indoor Championships (Birmingham)  4.66
 8th  World Championships (Osaka)     4.60
2008 6th  World Indoor Championships (Valencia)    4.55
          2nd  European Cup, Super League (Annecy)    4.66

 

Prepared by Maciej Petruczenko for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008