Anyone interested in the history of athletics will have heard of Emil Zátopek, the greatest Czech long-distance runner of all time. His life story is the subject of a short novel by the Prix Goncourt winning French writer, Jean Echenoz, called simply “Running” – “Courir” in the original French. The book is an account of the life of an athlete whose quiet, determined attitude towards his sport contrasted with the complex political dramas going on around him in mid-20th century Europe. David Vaughan looks at the book and at the life of Emil
Czech athlete Zuzana Hejnova has won the 400 metres hurdles final at the
World Championships in Moscow with a time of 52.83. Dalilah Muhammad of the
United States was second in 54.09 and her compatriot and 2011 world
champion Lashinda Demus came third in 54.27.
The 26-year-old Czech athlete was aiming for the gold after a hugely successful year in which she won all eight races she competed in, including five in the Diamond League. At the Diamond League meeting in London Hejnova crossed the line on 53:07 seconds.
Zuzana Hejnová easily advanced to the final of the women’s 400m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Tuesday. Hejnová, who has not been defeated this season, is the Czech Republic’s biggest medal hopeful in Moscow. She will take part in the final later today. Runner Pavel Maslák came fifth in the men’s 400m final on Tuesday in a time of 44.91 seconds, breaking his own Czech record.
Hammer thrower Lukáš Melich became the first Czech to win a medal at the Athletics World Championships in Moscow. Melich took third place in the hammer throw final on Monday night, throwing just short of the 80-meter mark, behind Hungary’s Krisztián Pars and Poland’s Pawel Fajdek, who took the gold with 81.97m. And in the 20-kilometer speedwalking race on Tuesday morning Anežka Drahotová finished seventh, reaching a personal best and matching the Czech record.
A full nine years later, Czech athlete Věra Cechlová has received a bronze medal for the discus at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. She was presented with the medal in Prague on Thursday by the chairman of the Czech Olympic Committee, Jiří Kejval. Cechlová was adjudged to have finished third in the event after Iryna Yatchenko of Belarus was retroactively disqualified last year for cheating.
In Sports News this Monday: Hejnová sets new Czech record in 400m hurdles and tops Diamond League podium yet again; Sparta apologise to fans for rapid exit from European competition, while Plzeň prepare to play Estonia’s Kalju in Champions League qualifier; Dukla’s Pospěch equals record for goals scored in Czech top flight game; and golfer Spilková achieves her best placing to date on Ladies European Tour.
In the Sports News this Monday: Maslák sets new Czech record in the 200m; Kreuziger is fourth in Tour de France after stage 15; league winners Plzeň lose to cup holders Jablonec in soccer’s Super Cup; boxer Konečný defends WBO European title; Hlaváčková and Hradecká score their first doubles success since Olympics; and rower Synek tops podium in Lucerne.
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