Pavel Maslák won a historic treble in the 400m men's race at the
Belgrade 2017 European Athletics Indoor Champions on Saturday, after golden
finishes in Gothenburg in 2013 and Prague in 2015. He is the first man to
win the indoor 400m on three occasions. Maslák, who is 26, won with a time
of 45.77 ahead of Poland's Rafal Omelko with 46.08; the
Netherlands' Liemarvin Bonevacia came third with a time of 46.26.
Three other Czechs also finished with medals: athlete Zuzana Hejnová won silver in the women's 400m, Tomáš Staněk won silver in the shot-put and Filip Sasínek won bronze in the 1500m.
Czech athlete Denisa Rosolová was injured on Friday after a fall in a women’s 400 metres qualifying race at the European Indoor Championship in Belgrade. The Czech runner suffered an injury after being jostled by two other competitors. The 2011 European Indoor Champion was taken to hospital with pains in the head and ribs.
Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková came first in a prestigious survey to see her named Athlete of the Year for the eighth time in her career. Pole jumper Jan Kudlička came second in the survey and 400m runner Pavel Maslák came third. Špotáková won bronze this year at the Rio Olympics, following golds from London and Beijing.
Javelin thrower Jakub Vadlejch is the fourth Czech to win the Diamond League. He secured the victory at a meeting in Zurich on Thursday with a throw of 87.28 metres, the second best result of his career. Other Czech winners of the Diamond League series include javelin throwers Barbora Špotáková and Vítězslav Veselý and hurdler Zuzana Hejnová.
Czech David Svoboda finished ninth in the modern pentathlon at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, failing to repeat his gold success in London four years ago. Svoboda who is 31, finished 16 seconds off the medals in Rio. There was also disappointment for the Czech Republic in the men’s javelin. Three Czechs qualified for the final but the best of them, Vítězslav Veselý, could only manage seventh place.
Another Czech hopeful, hurdler Zuzana Hejnová fell just short of winning a medal in the 400 metre race in Rio on Thursday. Although she improved her personal record and came in under 54 seconds, she placed fourth. Hejnová told reporters she’d given it her all and had to accept fourth place with humility.
Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková won the bronze medal at the Olympics in Rio on Thurdsay with a throw of 64.80 metres. It is her third medal in an Olympics competition, she previously won the gold at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Špotáková told reporters she was delighted with the result, adding that the bronze in Rio “was as good as gold”. Her third medal makes her the best female javelin thrower of all time.
Three Czechs have advanced to the finals of the men’s javelin throw in
Rio. The best of them, Petr Frydrych, qualified with a throw of 83.60
metres, the fifth best mark of the day. His colleagues Jakub Vadlejch and
Vítězslav Veselý also fulfilled the qualifying standard.
In the women’s event, two-time defending champion Barbora Špotáková qualified with 64.65 metres, the second-best mark of the day.
The Czech Republic’s Jan Kudlička came fourth in the final of the men’s pole vault at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. Kudlička’s best clearance was of 5.75 metres, some 10 cm short of the best achieved by the athlete who took bronze. The Czech shared fourth spot with Piotr Lisek of Poland. Kudlička said he was pleased with his performance and that the medal winners had simply been better.
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