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.
Six Czechs are in action on the first day of the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Saturday. Shot-putter Antonín Žalský is hoping to throw at least 20 metres in the championship’s opening discipline, while pole-jumpers Jiřina Ptačníková and Romana Maláčová are both hoping to succeed in qualifying heats. Triple-jumper Martina Šestáková and hammer-thrower Lukáš Melich will also be taking part in qualifying, while pentathlete Eliška Klučinová’s competition gets underway.
The Czech high jumper Jaroslav Bába came third at a Super Grand Prix meeting in Stockholm on Friday night. The 24-year-old took bronze with a jump of 227 cm. It was the last competition for Bába before the World Athletics Championships in Berlin this month, whose biggest success to date was a bronze medal at the Olympics in Athens.
2008 was a good year for Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková. In the course of one season, the 27-year-old took Olympic gold in a nail-biting final in Beijing, smashed the women’s javelin world record and was voted Czech Athlete of the Year for the second time running. On Tuesday, Barbora Špotáková, who is also the World champion in the women’s javelin, released a book telling her story so far. After the launch, I asked her which of the many successes she had enjoyed last year meant the most to her:
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic beat France to reach the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup in front of a home crowd in Ostrava; Roman Šebrle comes third in the heptathlon at the European Indoor Athletics Championships, with his bronze one of three Czech medals in Turin; Karlovy Vary are the first club into the Extraliga playoffs semi-finals; and 19-year-old footballer Tomáš Necid makes a dream start in Russia with a cup-winning goal.
The Czech Republic’s Roman Šebrle has taken the bronze medal at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Turin. Šebrle, who finished first at the last three championships, was 220 points behind the surprise winner Mikk Pahapill of Estonia. The decathlon points world record holder said he not previously noticed Pahapill much, adding that he would have a greater chance against the new European champion when they meet outdoors.
In Sports News this Monday: reigning champion Lukáš Bauer comes ninth in the first meeting of this season’s cross country skiing World Cup, though he does rather better as part of the Czech relay team; figure skater Tomáš Verner finishes second in a Grand Prix event in Moscow; Barbora Špotáková takes the IAAF award for female performance of the year for her javelin world record; Slavia Prague are eight points clear at the top of the Czech football league; and 19-year-old striker Tomáš Necid now has 11 goals in 15 games.
In Sports News this Monday: Olympic champion and javelin world record holder Barbora Špotáková is, entirely predictably, named Czech Athlete of the Year; Slavia Prague get off to a losing start in the UEFA Cup group stage – Aston Villa’s Gareth Barry tells us it was a game of two halves; and the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players finish second in Finland’s Karjala Cup.
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