Czech runner Eva Vrabcová Nývltová placed seventh in the New York
Marathon coming in at 2:29:41. She set a new personal record, shorter by 15
seconds as compared to her performance the worls championships in London
where she placed 14th.
Vrabcová Nývltová is the first Czech female runner to cover the New York Marathon under 2:30:00. The Czech record holder was Alena Peterková who in 1991 finished the race in 2:30:36, coming in fourth.
Radek Juška has set a new Czech record in the long jump for the second
time this year. The athlete, who is 24, achieved a new best of 831
centimetres at the Summer Universiade in Taipei on Sunday. That distance
was 2 centimetres longer than a jump he made in May.
Juška’s achievement in China was the seventh best jump in the world this year and the second best by a European.
The fresh world javelin champion Barbora Špotáková says the next Olympic
Games in Tokyo in 2020 are a major motivation for her to continue her
career at the age of 36. The Czech athlete, who triumphed at the Beijing
and London Olympics, said on Friday that she was also looking forward to
the Continental Cup in Ostrava next year.
At an end-of-season meeting with journalists on Friday Špotáková said she had planned to bring all 10 or her major international trophies but had lost the key to the cabinet in which they were stored.
Most of the Czech team for the World Athletics Championships in London left on Wednesday, two days before the start of one of the biggest events in global sport this year. Barbora Špotáková will be aiming to take javelin gold at the same stadium where she won the Olympics in 2012, but there are also a number of other Czech medal hopefuls to watch out for.