Double Olympic javelin gold and two times world champion, Czech Barbora
Špotáková has announced she is expecting a second child and will take a
break from competition.
Špotáková, 36, says her second child is expected in the summer and she is likely to return to training in the autumn. She said she wants to continue and has already proved that parenthood and sport can be combined.
Špotáková says her mid-term goal is to take part in the 2020 Olympics being hosted by Tokyo. She won javelin Olympic golds in Beijing in 2008 and four years later in London. She took the bronze medal in the last Rio games.
A wide variety of events have been planned in celebration of the New Year.
Amateurs and professional runners will be able to take part in the
traditional midnight race starting ten minutes to midnight on December 31st
in Lužiny’s Central Park and ending in the New Year. The track is four
kilometres long along an asphalt track. All runners who finish the race get
a remembrance medal.
Meanwhile the Club of Hardy Men and Women will welcome the New Year with a Polar Bear dip in Svitava River. Public events in South Bohemia include bread baking and a ride on a steam-powered train.
The 84th annual Velká Kunratická cross country race was held in
Prague's Kunratický Forest on Sunday.
The 3.1 km race, which attracted hundreds of runners, was won for the second time by Jan Janů. Kamila Gregorová won the women's category for the fourth time in a row.
The oldest participant was 80-year-old Josef Vonášek, who completed his 58th Velká Kunratická race.
Czech runner Eva Vrabcová Nývltová placed seventh in the New York
Marathon coming in at 2:29:41. She set a new personal record, shorter by 15
seconds as compared to her performance the worls championships in London
where she placed 14th.
Vrabcová Nývltová is the first Czech female runner to cover the New York Marathon under 2:30:00. The Czech record holder was Alena Peterková who in 1991 finished the race in 2:30:36, coming in fourth.
Radek Juška has set a new Czech record in the long jump for the second
time this year. The athlete, who is 24, achieved a new best of 831
centimetres at the Summer Universiade in Taipei on Sunday. That distance
was 2 centimetres longer than a jump he made in May.
Juška’s achievement in China was the seventh best jump in the world this year and the second best by a European.
The fresh world javelin champion Barbora Špotáková says the next Olympic
Games in Tokyo in 2020 are a major motivation for her to continue her
career at the age of 36. The Czech athlete, who triumphed at the Beijing
and London Olympics, said on Friday that she was also looking forward to
the Continental Cup in Ostrava next year.
At an end-of-season meeting with journalists on Friday Špotáková said she had planned to bring all 10 or her major international trophies but had lost the key to the cabinet in which they were stored.