In Sports News this Monday: Orphee de Blins wins Velká pardubická for second year in succession, while legendary jockey Josef Váňa, 60, retires; 400m hurdles world champion Zuzana Hejnová wins women’s category in European Athlete of Year awards; Czechs beat Malta 4:1 in World Cup qualifier; and Czech FA drop Vladimír Šmicer as general manager.
Czech hurdler Zuzana Hejnová has been European Athlete of the Year. The 26-year-old Czech runner who specializes in 400 metres hurdles, has won all her races this year including the World Championships and all seven Diamond League events. Hejnová was crowned along with Ukraine’s high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko who won the title in men’s category, at the European Athletic Awards ceremony in Tallinn on Saturday night.
The women’s 400 metres hurdles world champion Zuzana Hejnová has been included on a shortlist of candidates for the IAAF Athlete of the Year Award. The Czech, who was undefeated in the 2013 season, is one of 10 names on a list that will be whittled down to three in a poll of people active in the athletics field. An expert panel will then choose the winner with the name announced at a gala event in mid November.
Two Czechs are in the running for the title of European Athlete of the Year. Vítězslav Veselý, who recently became world champion in the men’s javelin, and Zuzana Hejnová, who holds the same title in the women’s 400m hurdles, are among 12 names to appear on a shortlist released on Tuesday by the European Athletics Association. Fans will be able to vote for the winner on its Facebook page from Saturday.
Zuzana Hejnová won the 400m hurdles race at the IAAF Diamond League final race in Zurich on Thursday crossing the line at 53.32 seconds. Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer was second in 54.22 seconds and Denisa Rosolova also from the Czech Republic was third in 54.99 seconds. Hejnová thus completed a hugely successful year in which she won all of the 11 races she competed in, breaking the Czech record she had set three times in a row. The present Czech record for 400m hurdles with which she bagged the gold at the World Championships in Moscow is 52.83 seconds.
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.
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