The Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková won the 3,000 meters race at
the World Allround Championships in Calgary on Saturday, improving the
almost 13-year-old world record held by Canadian Cindy Klassen.
The 31-year-old Czech covered the distance in a time of 3.53.31, three hundredths of a second below the time Klassen put down in March 2006.
The three-time Olympic champion also holds the world record on the 5 kilometers, which she set in February 2011 in Salt Lake City with a time of 6.42,66. Sáblíková is currently second in the overall competition, 2.8 seconds behind Miho Tagaki of Japan.
Three times Olympics winner Martina Sáblíková triumphed at the women's 3,000 meters race at the World Speed Skating Championship in Inzell, Germany. It is the fifth world title for Sáblíková in the 3,000 event. The 31-year-old Czech finished with a time of 3 minutes 58.91 seconds, coming ahead of Antoinette de Jong of the Netherlands and Russia’s Natalia Voronina.
Czech speed skater Martina Sablíková has won the silver medal at the
World All-round Speed Skating Championships in Italy’s Collalbo on
Saturday. The long-distance specialist won the women’s final 5,000-meter
race on Saturday and finished second in the overall competition.
Antoinette de Jong of the Netherlands took home the winning title, while Italy’s Francesca Lollobrigida finished third. It is the eleventh medal in the ladies’ tournament for the 31-year-old Czech, who has won the championship five times over the course of her career.
The ice hockey Extraliga season starts on September 14, with Kometa Brno
the favourite, having won the past two seasons. Among the other clubs in
the 14-member Extraliga with solid prospects this year are 2018 season
finalists Oceláři Třinec and semi-finalists Bílí Tygři Liberec.
Sparta Praha, which finished in the bottom half last year has taken on a new coach, German former defenseman Uwe Krupp, are tipped as likely strong contenders, as are Škoda Plzeň, which won the championship in 2013, finished last season in third place, and also has a new coach, Ladislav Čihák.