In Sports News: Radek Stepanek plays through the pain barrier in a tie against Switzerland to help the Czech Republic maintain their place at the top table in tennis's Davis Cup; after their successful start in the Champions League, Slavia Prague are brought back to earth with a bang by Bohemians 1905 in the Czech first division; canoeist Stepanka Hilgertova takes bronze at the Slalom World Championships; and world champion Barbora Spotakova extends her own Czech record in the javelin.
Today we bring you an interview with Radio Prague's listener Costas Constantinides from Cyprus. We also speak about the legendary Czech-born tennis player Ivan Lendl and decathlon world record holder Roman Sebrle. We quote from e-mails sent by Christine Takaguchi-Coates from Japan and Narayanan Kalyanam from India.
In this week's Sports News: the Czech National team beats San Marino 3:0 in the Euro 2008 qualification; O2 Extraliga in ice-hockey starts on Wednesday; Yvetta Hlavacova swam across the English Channel but was too slow to break the record and Marlene Ottey has made an appearance in the Czech athletics league.
In Sports News this week: the Czech Republic's results at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka are the most best since the foundation of the state, with the Czech team finishing sixth in the medals table; decathlete Roman Sebrle savours finally becoming world champion at the seventh attempt, while Barbora Spotakova in the javelin and pole vaulter Katerina Badurova set new Czech records on their way to the podium; and Czech tennis star Nicole Vaidisova is knocked out in the third round of the US Open, but says she's happy to be simply be back
The coach of the Czech team at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Vaclav Fiser, says he is very satisfied with the country's results, which he pointed out were the most successful since the formation of the Czech Republic. Roman Sebrle took gold in the decathlon, while Barbora Spotakova became javelin world champion and Katerina Badurova achieved her best ever result with silver in the pole vault; two golds and a silver leaves the Czech Republic sixth in the overall the medals table.
Roman Sebrle has won gold in the decathlon at the World Athletics
Championships in Osaka. The world title had been the only medal lacking in
the Olympic champion's collection. Sebrle's victory came in the tightest
decathlon in the history of the world championships, with the 32-year-old
Czech finishing only 32 points clear of his nearest rival.
It has been a rather successful world championships for the Czech Republic: as well as Roman Sebrle's medal, Barbora Spotakova won gold in the javelin on Friday, while Katerina Badurova took silver in the pole vault earlier in the week.
Veteran Czech decathlete Tomas Dvorak has lost his battle to be fit for this year's World Championships in Japan. The three times world champion had been hoping to compete in his eighth world championship but failed to recover in time from a heel injury he sustained at an athletics meeting in Kladno at the end of June. The Czech Republic will still be represented in this year's decathlon event by Olympic-champion Roman Sebrle and Josef Karas.
Czech women's 400-m runner Zuzana Hejnova has broken the Czech national record at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan. The 20-year-old's time of 55.04 seconds in the semi-final of the event on Tuesday knocked nearly eight tenths of a second off the previous best Czech time in the discipline. Unfortunately, Hejnova's performance was not good enough for her to qualify for Wednesday's final.
Czech pole-vaulter Katerina Badurova has won silver and broken the Czech national record at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan. Her first vault of 475 cm in the final of the event on Tuesday broke her own previous record by 5 cm. It was also enough to earn her second place in the discipline, 5 cm below Russian world-record holder Yelena Isinbayeva.
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