Those Czech athletes at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver who celebrate celebrate Valentine’s Day will do so over the phone or through text messages, the Czech news agency ČTK reported on Sunday. Ski jumper Roman Koudelka said he might send a text message to his girlfriend Pavlína, who stayed in the Czech Republic, or call her on skype. Cross country skier and medal hopeful Lukáš Bauer will call his wife, Kateřina, just like any other day. Mogul skier Šárka Sudová and cross country skier Aleš Razým are among the few couples within the Czech Olympic team. But they will also exchange text messages since the former is based in Vancouver, while the latter in Whistler.
2009 has been a rather mixed year for Czech sport. Perhaps the biggest single story was the national soccer team’s failure to reach the World Cup, despite having a relatively easy group on paper. The Czech men’s tennis team, meanwhile, went on a remarkable run in the Davis Cup, only to lose to Spain in the final. And in athletics, Barbora Špotáková took the Czech Republic’s only medal, silver in the women’s javelin, at the Athletics World Championships in Berlin.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s Lukáš Dlouhý and India’s Leander Paes take the doubles title at the US Open, their second Grand Slam of the year; Tomáš Rosický scores on an impressive return for Arsenal – former international team-mate Vladimír Šmicer tells us he hopes Rosický can avoid injury all season; Czechs Barbora Špotáková and Jaroslav Bába take silver medals in the javelin and high jump at the World Athletics Final; and Vítkovice top the table after three rounds of the new Extraliga season.
Two of the Czech Republic’s leading athletes took silver medals at the World Athletics Final in Greece’s Thessaloniki on Saturday. Olympic champion Barbora Špotáková finished second in the women’s javelin, while the Czech record holder Jaroslav Bába came second in the men’s high jump. Špotáková, who also took silver at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, said she was satisfied with her performance, as she was with the whole season.
The World Athletics championships in Berlin were a disappointment for the Czech team, who took only one medal, Barbora Špotáková’s silver in the women’s javelin. Czech fans had been hoping the Olympic champion would bring home the gold, but in the end Špotáková (28) finished behind Germany’s Steffi Nerius. Back home in Prague a week later, how does the Czech athlete feel about having come second in Berlin?
In Sports News this Monday: Czech high jumper Jaroslav Bába is left frustrated after a poor performance at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin leaves him joint fifth, while the Czech team’s head trainer quits after 16 years; Patrik Eliáš becomes Czech ice hockey player of the year for the first time at 33; and Czech driver Jan Kopecký comes first in the Barum Rally Zlín.
Barbora Špotáková came second in the javelin at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Tuesday night. The defending champion finished behind the home favourite Steffi Nerius, whose throw of 67.30 metres was 88 centimetres further than the Czech athlete’s best effort. Špotáková, who is 28, is currently Olympic javelin champion and holds the women’s world record in the sport, 72.28 metres.
In Sports News this Monday: Barbora Špotáková qualifies with ease for the javelin final in Berlin – but the title holder is not at all satisfied with her first showing at the World Athletics Championships; nearly 220,000 see Valentino Rossi win the Czech MotoGP in Brno; and the Czech Republic’s David Svoboda comes second at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships for the second year in a row.
Meanwhile in athletics, Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková qualified for Tuesday’s final in the discipline at the World Championships in Berlin with her first throw on Saturday. The reigning World and Olympic Champion Špotáková threw 63.27 metres on her first attempt, surpassing the qualification limit by 1.27 metres. According to Lidové noviny’s news website, however, Špotáková seemed unhappy with her throw. She subsequently told journalists that she felt in bad mental shape. The world record holder’s arch rival, Russia’s Maria Abakumova, threw 68.92 metres in qualifying, which is a season’s best, Lidové noviny wrote. The final takes place on Tuesday at 19:25 CET.
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