The ORLEN Copernicus Cup is a wonderful meet! The city of TORUŃ is a superb host for this meeting. The facility is top-notch, housing the excellent MONDO banked 200-meter track from SOPOT 2014. 

This writer was there in 2019 on the #Tourdelarry for indoor world gold meetings. The crowd was informed, enthusiastic and loud! The Polish athletes were inspired, running in front of their fans, and the Polish media supported the meeting very well.

The 2024 Copernicus Cup was a wonderful meeting with five world leads and five meeting records.

Report courtesy of the EME News team. 

Complete results:


F.Hailu 3:55.28 WL, Alemu 1:57.86 WL, Barega 7:25.82 WL
TORUŃ (POL, Feb 6): Five world leads and five meeting records highlighted the 10th ORLEN Copernicus Cup, the fourth Gold meeting of the World Indoor Tour with 5000 enthusiastic crowd.

Freweyni Hailu wins in a PB/WL of 3;55.28 for the 1,500 meters, photo by Lukasz Szelag for the ORLEN Copernicus Cup

Ethiopian runners destroyed the rest of the field in the distance races. Freweyni Hailu topped the 1500m in 3:55.28 WL/PB and moved to third place in a short track all-time list, clocking the fourth fastest time. The top ten finishers broke their personal bests, with fellow Ethiopians behind Diribe Welteji (3:55.47), Hirut Meshesha (3:56.47), both moving to the all-time top 10 and Tigist Girma (3:58.79, overall PB). Fifth, Beatrice Chepkoech (4:01.17), and sixth, Halimah Nakaayi (4:02.78), with national records for Kenya and Uganda.

Freweyni Hailu wins in a PB/WL of 3;55.28 for the 1,500 meters, photo by Lukasz Szelag for the ORLEN Copernicus Cup

Habitam Alemu won the 800m in 1:57.86 WL/MR/PB ahead of compatriot Worknesh Mesele (1:59.93 PB), Benin’s Noelie Yarigo (2:00.23 NR), Lore Hoffmann of Switzerland (2:00.41 PB) and Eveliina Mattanen (2:01.57), new NR for Finland.

Selemon Barega runs WL over 3,000 meters, photo by ORLEN Copernicus Cup


Selemon Barega in 7:25.82 WL/MR/PB and 5th best ever outperformed Ethiopia’s fellow Getnet Wale (7:26.73).

Samuel Tefera topped the 1500m in 3:34.61 ahead of Biniam Mehary (3:34.83), who smashed Jakob Ingebrigtsen’s U20 World record. Third, Tshepo Tshite of South Africa (3:35.06 NR), fourth, Spain’s Adel Mechaal (3:35.53), and fifth, Osama Meslek (3:35.63), new NR for Italy. South Africa’s Tshepiso Masalela won the 800m in 1:46.07 over Abdellatif El Guesse of Morocco (1:46.22) and Italy’s Catalin Tecuceanu (1:46.64).

Samuel Tefara takes the win at 1,500 meters in Torun!