The early 1950s in Czechoslovakia was a bleak period in the country’s history, but there was also some escape from politics. In 1952 the Summer Olympics were held in the Finnish capital Helsinki and the undisputed hero of the games was the greatest Czech runner of all time, Emil Zátopek. Despite his extraordinary style, with his face contorted, his head and torso swinging, and emitting sounds that earned him the nickname of “the Czech locomotive”, he went to Helsinki having already twice broken the world record over 20 kilometres. His dream at
In Sports News this Monday: Olympic champion Barbora Špotáková sets a new world record, meaning the Czech Republic now has world records in both men’s and women’s javelin; among the first to congratulate Špotáková is Dana Zátopková, who herself set a world record 50 years ago; the Czech Republic has so far won six golds at the Paralympics and an overall tally of 22 medals; and Tomáš Řepka behaves himself as Sparta Prague beat Brno to stay top of the Czech football league.
The Czech medal tally at the Summer Olympics in Beijing hits five; Emmons earns a 2nd medal in shooting while other Czechs feature strong on water, bringing two silver; Hilgertová capsizes in Women’s K1 kayak to finish disappointing 9th; in the domestic football league Sparta tie unexpectedly with Olomouc.
In Sports News this Monday: Roman Kreuziger comes an impressive 13th in his first Tour de France; Tomáš Necid is top scorer at football’s Under 19 Euros; Slavia prepare for the resumption of the Czech league with a win over Iran; Karel Bruckner, 70 next year, takes over as Austrian national manager; and reigning Olympic decathlon champion Roman Šebrle pulls out of an exhibition event but should be fit for Beijing.
In Sports News this Monday: Tomáš Dvořák fails to complete the final decathlon of a successful career blighted by injury; cyclist Roman Kreuziger is 14th overall in his first Tour de France – and second in the Under 25s category; Petr Čech signs an improved deal that should keep him at Chelsea until 2013; Tomáš Rosický targets a September return; and the Czech Under 19s reach the semi-finals at their European Championship.
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.
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