In Sports News this Monday: Czech soccer’s first division set for cliff-hanger finale with Plzeň’s lead on Sparta down to two points with one game to go; Hradec Králové and České Budějovice relegated as Bohemians 1905 bounce straight back from second tier; and decathlon great Roman Šebrle may well have competed for last time.
The Czech Olympic teams are off for London, where their chances are thought to be excellent in more than half a dozen disciplines. Special flights took 66 Czech Athletes to the British capital on Tuesday, and President Václav Klaus and several government ministers are planning to visit over the coming days.
Decathlete Roman Šebrle finishes in disappointing 13th place in the World Athletics Championships; pole-vaulters Jiřina Ptáčníková and Jan Kudlička advance to finals; Judo wrestler Lukáš Krpálek wins the bronze medal at the world championships in Paris; in football Lafata earns second-straight hat-trick; Man U destroy Arsenal.
Decathlete Roman Šebrle finished thirteenth place in the World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea, with 8069 points. The 38-year-old Olympic gold medallist had been hoping for at least 8200 points in order to participate in the 2012 London games, after which he intended to retire. American Trey Hardee retained his title in the event with 8607 points. Elsewhere, pole-vaulter Jiřina Ptáčníková advanced to the final round with a successful 455 cm jump on the first attempt.
Pole-vaulter Jan Kudlička has advanced to the final round of the World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea, qualifying with a 550 cm jump on his first attempt. Runner Denisa Rosolová has also enjoyed success at the championships, stepping up to the semifinal round in the 400 metre race after taking fourth place in Friday’s run with 52.51 seconds. Discus thrower Věra Cechlová however failed to advance, as did Marcela Lustigová in the 3000-metre steeplechase. Roman Šebrle is currently in thirteenth place in the decathelon, having finished the shot put with a total of 2494 points.
In Sports News this week: the Czech Republic goes down in defeat at the tennis Davis Cup; Czechs bring home two golds, a silver and a bronze from the European indoor championships; in hockey, the season’s playoff-offs quarterfinals continue; and in football, Sparta narrow the gap behind league leaders Plzeň.
Roman Šebrle finished third in heptathlon at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris on Sunday. The 36-year-old former Olympic champion ranked second before the final 1,000 metre race but was beaten by Nadir el Fassi from France. The bronze is Šebrle’s sixth medal from the European indoor championships in a row; in the past, he took two gold medals and another bronze from the previous championship two years ago.
Czech decathlon champion and world record holder Roman Šebrle was elected a member of the Athletes Commission of the European Athletic Association at the European Athletics Championship which concluded in Barcelona on Sunday. Roman Šebrle, who did not compete in Barcelona due to a muscle injury, came out top with 519 votes. The Czech athlete said this was a first step on the way to becoming a member of the Athletes Commission of the International Olympic Committee for which he would like to run at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Roman Šebrle, who holds the word-record in the decathlon, will not compete in the 2010 European Athletics Championships to be held in Barcelona later this month. Due to injuries which have been plaguing him throughout the season, the decathlete has decided against asking the Czech Athletic Federation for a wild card. However, he will still be attending the championships, since he is preparing to apply for membership in the athlete’s commission of the European Athletic Association. Šebrle, who is 35, said he does not intend to retire in the near future.