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.
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.
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 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.
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