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The world 400m hurdling champion Zuzana Hejnová has announced she will not be competing again this year due to injury. Hejnová, who is 27, pulled out of the Czech Athletics Championships in Ostrava on Saturday after the heats and said she would not be attending the European Championships in Zurich in a fortnight’s time. The Olympic bronze medallist has been suffering from an inflammation in her ankle that began during comeback from a metatarsal fracture.
The javelin thrower Vítězslav Veselý is not taking part in this weekend’s national championships in Ostrava due to injury but should be fit in time for the European Athletics Championships in Zurich in just under two weeks’ time, his manager said on Saturday. Veselý, who is 31 and is trained by javelin legend Jan Železný, took gold at the 2012 European Championships.
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Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotákova has been chosen as the best woman European athlete in June by European Athletics, the federation of national athletics associations. It said Špotákova had enjoyed an excellent return to serious competition in her sport after maternity leave in 2013. The Czech has won three competitions on the run including a record throw of 66.43 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Rome on June 5. One of the targets of the two times Czech olympic gold winner is to win the European Championships being held in Zurich in mid-August.
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Czech athlete Vítězslav Veselý came first in the javelin at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava on Tuesday evening. Veselý’s throw of 87.38m was the second longest in the world this year. US sprinter Justin Gatlin – the best known name this year at the Czech Republic’s biggest meeting – won the 100m in a time of 9.86 seconds. Olympic champion Barbora Špotáková has been forced to pull out of the women’s javelin due to health problems.
Czech athlete Barbora Špotáková has had to drop out of the women’s javelin at the Golden Spike in Ostrava due to illness. The Olympic champion and world record holder is suffering from suspected appendicitis. Sprint star Usain Bolt is also not coming this year to the Czech Republic’s biggest athletics meeting, but other big names such as Justin Gatlin are taking part.
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