In Sports News this Monday: Czech pole vault record holder Kateřina Baďurová leaves it late to qualify for the Olympics; Barbora Špotáková is looking good ahead of Beijing after a Grand Prix win in Athens; young Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger remains with the leading pack in the Tour de France – and third overall in the under 25 category; and a knee injury does for Tomáš Berdych in the final of tennis’s Swedish Open.
In athletics, a new world record was set today at the Ostrava Grand Prix in the north of the Czech Republic by the Ethiopian long-distance runner Dire Tune. Tune smashed the existing One Hour event world record by running 18,517 meters in sixty minutes. This was 177 meters more than the previous world best, set by Kenyan Tegla Loroupe ten years ago. Second in Thursday’s one hour run was Czech Ivana Sekyrová, who ran 16,422 metres.
A series of 4km fun run events will be held in cities and towns across the Czech Republic this year, in order to raise money and awareness for cancer research in the country. The format of the events will be similar to that of a successful scheme in the UK which has been running since 1994. And, like the UK events, the Czech version will be sponsored and organised with the help of supermarket giant Tesco. I went along to the inaugural press conference to find out more.
Today we will finally reveal the name (or rather names) of May’s mystery person(s) and announce the names of the four of you who will get Radio Prague goodies for their correct answers. We quote from entries sent by: Panha Pen, Colin Law, David Eldridge, Mani Sankar Chhatri, Mogire Machuki, Elder S J Agboola, Anne Faust, Hans Verner Lollike, Krzysztof Borski, Li Ming, Charles Konecny, Brian Kendall.
In today’s Mailbox, you will find out who the mystery lady from our April competition was. We will also announce the names of four of Radio Prague’s listeners who were drawn out of the hat and will receive small prizes from us for their correct answers. And of course, there is a brand new quiz question for you. Listeners quoted: Prasanta Kumar Padmapati, Christine Takaguchi-Coates, Jana Vaculik, Ian Morrison, Mark Guy, Panha Pen, Deepa Chakraborty, Colin Law, Partha Sarathi Goswami, Henrik Klemetz, David Eldridge, Christopher Roberts, Charles
In Sports News this Monday: Czech tennis players Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štěpánek are through to the fourth round, though Lucie Šafářová has been knocked out; Czech football captain Tomáš Rosický has been speaking about the mysterious injury that has kept him out since January; Bundesliga star David Jarolím is sent off after grabbing an opponent by the genitals; and the first 11 runners to cross the finish line in the Prague Half Marathon are all from Kenya.
In Sports News this week: there are no medals for the Czech Republic at the World Indoor Athletics Championships, while Roman Šebrle is stretchered off with a hamstring injury in the heptathlon; Slavia Prague drop two points in the race for the Czech football league title with a draw against Ostrava in front of almost 17,000 fans; and speed skater Martina Sáblíková retains her world title in Japan.
Olympic decathlon champion Roman Šebrle was forced to withdraw from the heptathlon in the world indoor championships on Sunday after suffering a hamstring injury in the 60 metres hurdles. The Czech pulled up after the second hurdle and had to be taken off the track on a stretcher. Šebrle was lying in second place in the competition after four events, 136 points behind Bryan Clay of the United States.
In Sports News: world javelin champion Barbora Spotakova is named Czech Athlete of the Year for the first time; world speed skating champion Martina Sablikova wins her first World Cup race of the season; Czech footballer Radek Sirl scores the goal that seals the Russian league title for Zenit St Petersburg; and Czech league leaders Slavia Prague drop two points at Zizkov after conceding a goal in time added on.
Women’s javelin world champion Barbora Spotakova has been named Czech “Athlete of the Year”. The survey pools votes from organisers, specialists in the field of sport, and journalists. Spotakova won with 1,187 votes - 46 ahead of last year’s winner decathlon world champion Roman Sebrle. It is the first time Ms Spotakova has been named top Czech athlete.
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