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
The Czech athlete Barbora Špotáková ended her season with a win in the javelin at the ISTAF meeting in Berlin on Sunday. Špotáková came first with a throw of 67.14 meters, more than two meters further than local favorite Christina Obergföll. The Czech, who is 30, recently took silver at the Athletics World Championship. She is the current Olympic champion and holds the women’s world record in the javelin.
World-record holder Barbora Špotáková has come second in the women’s javelin at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. The Czech competitor threw a season-best 71.58 metres to earn silver, edged only by Russia’s Maria Abakumova who took gold with a throw of 71.99. It is reportedly the first time two women have thrown over 71 metres in the same competition. Špotáková, who is coached by men’s javelin legend Jan Železný, called the championship “amazing”; the medal is the first for the Czech team at this year’s competition.
Czech high jumper Jaroslav Bába finished fourth at the world athletics championships in Daegu, South Korea, on Thursday. The Czech athlete jumped 232 cm, but failed at 235 cm, one centimetre below his personal best. In other events, Czech javelin throwers Barbora Špotáková and Jarmila Klimešová on Thursday secured spots in women’s final on Friday, while shot putter Jan Marcell failed to qualify for the final.
Decathlete Roman Šebrle finishes in disappointing 13th place in the World Athletics Championships; pole-vaulters Jiřina Ptáčníková and Jan Kudlička advance to finals; Judo wrestler Lukáš Krpálek wins the bronze medal at the world championships in Paris; in football Lafata earns second-straight hat-trick; Man U destroy Arsenal.
Decathlete Roman Šebrle finished thirteenth place in the World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea, with 8069 points. The 38-year-old Olympic gold medallist had been hoping for at least 8200 points in order to participate in the 2012 London games, after which he intended to retire. American Trey Hardee retained his title in the event with 8607 points. Elsewhere, pole-vaulter Jiřina Ptáčníková advanced to the final round with a successful 455 cm jump on the first attempt.
Pole-vaulter Jan Kudlička has advanced to the final round of the World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea, qualifying with a 550 cm jump on his first attempt. Runner Denisa Rosolová has also enjoyed success at the championships, stepping up to the semifinal round in the 400 metre race after taking fourth place in Friday’s run with 52.51 seconds. Discus thrower Věra Cechlová however failed to advance, as did Marcela Lustigová in the 3000-metre steeplechase. Roman Šebrle is currently in thirteenth place in the decathelon, having finished the shot put with a total of 2494 points.
The Czech athlete Barbora Špotáková came second in the javelin at a Diamond League meeting at London’s Crystal Palace on Friday evening. The Czech, who is current Olympic champion and world record holder, achieved her best performance of the season with a throw of 66.41 meters but still finished behind Germany’s Christina Obergföll. Špotáková’s compatriot Zuzana Hejnová finished fourth in the 400 meter hurdles at Crystal Palace on Friday.
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