The Czech Republic’s Lukáš Krpálek has been crowned world champion in
the heavyweight, over 100 kg category at the World Judo Championships in
Tokyo. Krpálek, who is 28, beat Hisayoshi Harasawa of Japan in
He was previously world champion at a lower weight category but switched to 100kg+ after winning the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Elections to the lower house of Parliament will start a day early in some
polling stations abroad in order to make up for the time difference, the
ctk news agency reported.
The first voters will be able to cast their ballot on Thursday, October 19, in Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, the US and Canada. People will be able to vote at 108 polling stations abroad, mostly at embassies, cultural institutions or military army bases where Czech soldiers are serving in foreign missions.
Polling stations around the Czech Republic will close at 2pm on Saturday and the preliminary results should be announced a few hours later.
A freshly published Czech novel reimagines episodes from the life of Jan Antonín Baťa, a Moravian business tycoon who built four cities in Brazil after being forced to flee from his native country. Markéta Pilátová’s book is based on an extensive family archive – and grew in part out of a friendship with the magnate’s granddaughter.
Petra Kvitová has been knocked out of the US Open in straight sets by second-seed Angelique Kerber of Germany. Kerber advanced to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows by defeating the Czech on Sunday night: the final score was 6-3, 7-5. Kvitova, who recent showed promising form with a bronze at the Olympic Games in Rio, made 43 unforced errors in the match, including seven double faults. The last double came on match point.
Around two thousand people filled in the main square in Jihlava on Thursday evening to welcome home the only Czech gold medallist from the Olympic Games in Rio: judoka Lukáš Krpálek. The 25-year old Jihlava native won in the under-100kg division in Rio and clinched the Czech Republic’s first-ever Olympic judo medal.
Following his triumph at the Olympics, Lukáš Krpálek is now the most sought after and popular figure in Czech sport, says Miroslav Černošek, the head of the agency, Česká sportovní, that represents the judo star. Mr. Černošek told the Czech News Agency that Krpálek’s success put him on a par with Roman Šeberle when he became Olympic decathlon champion in 2004 or Petra Kvitová when she won Wimbledon. Krpálek was the only Czech to win gold at the Rio Games and the medal is worth millions of crowns to him, said Mr. Černošek.
The Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Kulhavý took silver in the mountain bike cross country race on the final day of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 2012 gold medallist was neck and neck with eventual winner Nino Schurter until midway through the fifth lap when the Swiss pulled clear. The Czech Republic ended the Olympics with 10 medals: one gold, two silver and seven bronze.
The Czech flag at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be carried by canoeist Josef Dostál. Dostál picked up a silver medal in the kayak single 1,000 m category before achieving bronze with the Czech Republic in the kayak four 1,000 m. The Czech tricolor was carried at the opening ceremony by Lukáš Krpálek, who subsequently won the country’s only gold medal so far in judo.