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.
In Sports News this week: pole vaulter Katerina Badurova is the first Czech to reach the finals at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka; two years after taking bronze in Helsinki, Vera Pospisilova-Cechlova fails to make it out of the heats; Nicole Vaidisova returns from illness just in time for the US Open; Slavia Prague are one step away from the Champions League after beating Ajax away in the first leg; and Czech international Jaroslav Plasil joins Spain's Osasuna.
Czechs take three golds at the kayak slalom World Cup in Prague; goaltender Dominik Hasek is close to singing a new contract with Detroit Red Wings while his brother, footballer Martin Hasek, is retiring. Midfielder Vladimir Smicer is likely to sign with Slavia Prague as well as start his new TV career. Cyclist Pavel Padrnos will not be taking part in this year's Tour de France, while in athletics, Katerina Badurova overcomes the Czech pole vault record at the Golden Spike in Ostrava.
Twice Olympic 10,000 meters champion Haile Gebrselassie has broken a world mark at the "Golden Spike" grand prix athletics meeting in the Moravan city of Ostrava. The 34-year-old Ethiopian ran 21.285 km in 60 minutes to surpass Mexican Arturo Barrios's previous mark of 21.101 km, set in La Fleche, France, on March 30, 1991.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic's Under 21 football team begin their campaign at the European Championships in the Netherlands; Czech motorcyclist Lukas Pesek is having a bad month - he has lost top spot in the 125 cc world championships after two falls in two races; pole vaulter Adam Ptacek sets a record - and then seriously injures his arm; and international footballer Marek Matejovsky gets hitched on the pitch.
In Sports News this week: Roman Sebrle falls short of a record six straight wins in the decathlon at Austria's Gotzis, while Tomas Dvorak - briefly - reminds spectators of his glory days; its D-Day the Czech football league, with Sparta Prague closing in on the double; Karel Poborsky plays his last game; and has ice hockey legend Dominik Hasek played his?
In Sports News this week: the Prague International Marathon is won by a European runner for the first time ever; Czech tennis star Nicole Vaidisova climbs to seventh in the world rankings, her highest placing ever; and Sparta and Liberec chase the Czech football league title, while Slovacko are relegated after seven years in the top flight.
Former world 800m champion Ludmila Formanova has announced her retirement. The 33-year old athlete said on Wednesday the reasons were her state of health and her son Petr to whom she wanted to devote more time. Formanova was crowned world champion of the two-lap event in Seville, Spain in 1999 and also won the world indoor championships in Maebashi, Japan in the same year. A foot injury saw her pull out of her heat in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and she has not competed at top international level since 2002. Formanova took a year out from competitive sport in 2005 to have a baby but returned a year later only to be plagued by a muscle injury from February that year.
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