In Sports News this week: Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková win women’s doubles at Wimbledon; Tomáš Berdych drops out of men’s top 50; Czechs take two bronze medals at World Rowing Cup in Switzerland; Czech biker Nikola Nosková takes gold and bronze at European Championships; javelin champion Špotáková gives birth to second son.
Double Olympic javelin gold and two times world champion, Czech Barbora
Špotáková has announced she is expecting a second child and will take a
break from competition.
Špotáková, 36, says her second child is expected in the summer and she is likely to return to training in the autumn. She said she wants to continue and has already proved that parenthood and sport can be combined.
Špotáková says her mid-term goal is to take part in the 2020 Olympics being hosted by Tokyo. She won javelin Olympic golds in Beijing in 2008 and four years later in London. She took the bronze medal in the last Rio games.
Women’s javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková has been named Czech
“Athlete of the Year” for the ninth time in her career. Javelin thrower
Jakub Vadlejch came second in the survey, followed by his colleague Petr
Frydrych. The title coach of the year went to the javelin legend Jan
Špotáková won a gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in London this year, ten years after her first gold at the very same tournament. The prestigious survey pools votes from organisers, sport specialists and journalists.
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.
Pentathlon gold medallist in the Olympic Games in London in 2012, David Svoboda has told broadcaster Czech Television he is considering retirement from competition. Svoboda failed to get into the finals of the European Championships in Minsk earlier this year and previous suffered a series of injuries. Before that, the 32-year-old had held out the hope that he might still compete in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Svoboda says he wants to stay in sport, perhaps as a trainer or in some other function.