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.
Czech decathlete Roman Sebrle has been voted the second best European athlete of the year. Mr. Sebrle comes second only to Finnish javelin-thrower Tero Pitkamaki in the poll conducted by the European Athletic Association. This is Roman Sebrle's highest ever ranking in this poll - he came third back in 2004, having taken the Olympic decathlon title earlier that year. The results for the women's competition were released on Thursday, and saw Czech javelinist Barbora Spotakova coming seventh.
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.
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