In Sports News this week: Sweden’s Peter Hanson wins golf’s Czech Open; the Czech Under-21 baseball team wins the European title;in football, Sparta Prague lose to Žilina in the first leg of Champions League qualifier and fall to Plzeň in the top Czech division; and javelin champion Barbora Špotáková finishes second in the Diamond League event in Zurich but secures the series title.
Olympic javelin champion Barbora Špotáková has announced that she will be trained next season by the greatest athlete in the history of the discipline, her Czech compatriot Jan Železný. Špotáková holds the women’s record in the javelin, while Železný, who retired in 2006, holds the men’s record. The move brings to an end the 29-year-old’s association with trainer Rudolf Černý, and comes after a season in which she suffered injury problems and came third at the European Championships in Barcelona.
Czech decathlon champion and world record holder Roman Šebrle was elected a member of the Athletes Commission of the European Athletic Association at the European Athletics Championship which concluded in Barcelona on Sunday. Roman Šebrle, who did not compete in Barcelona due to a muscle injury, came out top with 519 votes. The Czech athlete said this was a first step on the way to becoming a member of the Athletes Commission of the International Olympic Committee for which he would like to run at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs take only one medal at the European Athletics Championships, bronze for Barbora Špotáková in the javelin – coach Tomáš Dvořák says a young team is still lacking something; shooter Kateřina Emmons fails to reach the finals at the ISSF World Championship in Munich; and Plzeň top the Czech football league, while champions Sparta lose their second game in three.
There was disappointment for Petr Svoboda in the men’s 110 meters hurdles at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, after the Czech medal hopeful tripped at the seventh hurdle and ended up finishing sixth in Friday’s final. Meanwhile, Zuzana Hejnová missed out on a bronze medal at the finish of the women’s 400 meters hurdles. Of the other Czechs in action on Friday, pole vaulter Jiřina Ptáčníková came fifth, as did Denisa Rosolová in the 400 meters, while Lenka Masná came sixth in the 800 meters.
Czech athlete Barbora Špotáková came first in the javelin at a Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Thursday evening. Just a week before the European Athletics Championships get underway in Barcelona, the Olympic champion and world record holder topped the podium with a throw of 65.76 metres. Another Czech medal hopeful in Barcelona will be Petr Svoboda; he finished fourth in the men’s 110 metres hurdles at the Diamond League meet.
Roman Šebrle, who holds the word-record in the decathlon, will not compete in the 2010 European Athletics Championships to be held in Barcelona later this month. Due to injuries which have been plaguing him throughout the season, the decathlete has decided against asking the Czech Athletic Federation for a wild card. However, he will still be attending the championships, since he is preparing to apply for membership in the athlete’s commission of the European Athletic Association. Šebrle, who is 35, said he does not intend to retire in the near future.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic’s athletes qualify for the super league of the European Team Championships, after coming first in the competition’s second tier in Budapest; Jimmy Connors tells Czech Radio that Tomáš Berdych can do “damage” at Wimbledon; and a 17-year-old who has made only one Czech league appearance is reported to be on his way to Chelsea in a EUR 6-million deal.
Athlete Eliška Klučinová equalled a long-standing Czech national record in the heptathlon at a meeting in Kladno on Wednesday. The record of 6268 was set by Zuzana Lajbnerová in 1988. Klučinová beat finished ahead of Marina Goncharova of Russia, who had 6,182, while Lyudmyla Yosypenko of Ukraine finished third. She said her joy was all the greater because her success had come in front of friends and Czech fans in Kladno.
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