Czech athlete Barbora Špotáková has had to drop out of the women’s javelin at the Golden Spike in Ostrava due to illness. The Olympic champion and world record holder is suffering from suspected appendicitis. Sprint star Usain Bolt is also not coming this year to the Czech Republic’s biggest athletics meeting, but other big names such as Justin Gatlin are taking part.
The Czech athlete Vitězslav Veselý finished third in the javelin at a Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Wednesday night with a throw of 83.55m, his third best of the season. The event was won by Tero Pitkamaki of Finland. The result leaves Veselý, who is 31 and is coached by javelin legend Jan Železný, first overall in the discipline in the Diamond League.
The Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková made the perfect return to international athletics after maternity leave with a first place finish at a Diamond League meeting in Rome on Thursday evening. The reigning Olympic champion, who is 32, did not take part in any major events last year after giving birth to her first child. Špotáková topped the podium in Rome with a throw of 66.43 metres, more than three metres ahead of her nearest rival.
In Sports News this Monday: relegations are decided on the last day of the Gambrinus League; Sparta Prague make it a hat trick at end of season awards; Tomáš Berdych makes it to the French quarter-finals; javelin thrower Vitězslav Veselý tops the Diamond League, and Zlín’s Petr Čajanka puts his retirement on ice.
The Czech Radio Světluška Endowment Fund which was set up to help the blind and visually impaired is holding its third Night Charity Run in Prague’s Stromovka park on Tuesday evening. The night run, which starts at 9 pm, has two tracks one 3 and the other 5 kilometers long. It is possible to walk or speed walk instead of running. The first 1,000 participants to register will get head lamps for free. The registration fee is 450 crowns.
In Sports New this Monday: Coach Hadamczik disappointed with overseas players after Czechs lose all three games in Karjala Cup; Jágr now seventh in NHL all-time points tally table; Hejnová named Czech Athlete of Year but regrets absence of Špotáková; and non-playing captain Navrátil will miss Davis Cup final in Belgrade.
The leading Czech weightlifter Jiří Orság has failed a drugs test, the head of the Czech Weightlifting Union, Petr Krol, told Thursday’s edition of the newspaper Právo. However, he did not specify which drug the athlete had been caught taking. Orság, who is 24, holds four European Championship medals. He has been suspended and could face a two-year ban.