The Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková made the perfect return to international athletics after maternity leave with a first place finish at a Diamond League meeting in Rome on Thursday evening. The reigning Olympic champion, who is 32, did not take part in any major events last year after giving birth to her first child. Špotáková topped the podium in Rome with a throw of 66.43 metres, more than three metres ahead of her nearest rival.
In Sports News this Monday: relegations are decided on the last day of the Gambrinus League; Sparta Prague make it a hat trick at end of season awards; Tomáš Berdych makes it to the French quarter-finals; javelin thrower Vitězslav Veselý tops the Diamond League, and Zlín’s Petr Čajanka puts his retirement on ice.
The Czech Radio Světluška Endowment Fund which was set up to help the blind and visually impaired is holding its third Night Charity Run in Prague’s Stromovka park on Tuesday evening. The night run, which starts at 9 pm, has two tracks one 3 and the other 5 kilometers long. It is possible to walk or speed walk instead of running. The first 1,000 participants to register will get head lamps for free. The registration fee is 450 crowns.
In Sports New this Monday: Coach Hadamczik disappointed with overseas players after Czechs lose all three games in Karjala Cup; Jágr now seventh in NHL all-time points tally table; Hejnová named Czech Athlete of Year but regrets absence of Špotáková; and non-playing captain Navrátil will miss Davis Cup final in Belgrade.
The leading Czech weightlifter Jiří Orság has failed a drugs test, the head of the Czech Weightlifting Union, Petr Krol, told Thursday’s edition of the newspaper Právo. However, he did not specify which drug the athlete had been caught taking. Orság, who is 24, holds four European Championship medals. He has been suspended and could face a two-year ban.
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.
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