Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotaková made history on Thursday by winning her first European Championship title, the only major title she had missed in her collection of medals until now. The two-time Olympic champion pulled off the win on her fifth-round throw of 64.41 metres in Zurich’s Letzigrund Stadium on Thursday evening. The victory puts her one better than her coach, legend Jan Železný, who won three Olympic gold and three world championships during his career but never secured the European Championship title.
Czech high jumper Jaroslav Bába has advanced to the finals of the European Athletics Championships in Zürich after finishing on shared first place in Wednesday's qualification. Hammer thrower Kateřina Šafránková finished 11th in the qualification, and has also advanced to the event's finals. Denisa Rosolová, meanwhile, has booked semi-final berth after winning her 400 metre hurdles heat. Another two Czechs on Wednesday qualified for their events’ semi-finals: Petr Svobova in men’s 110 metres hurdles and Lenka Masná in ladies’ 800 metres.
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The world 400m hurdling champion Zuzana Hejnová has announced she will not be competing again this year due to injury. Hejnová, who is 27, pulled out of the Czech Athletics Championships in Ostrava on Saturday after the heats and said she would not be attending the European Championships in Zurich in a fortnight’s time. The Olympic bronze medallist has been suffering from an inflammation in her ankle that began during comeback from a metatarsal fracture.
The javelin thrower Vítězslav Veselý is not taking part in this weekend’s national championships in Ostrava due to injury but should be fit in time for the European Athletics Championships in Zurich in just under two weeks’ time, his manager said on Saturday. Veselý, who is 31 and is trained by javelin legend Jan Železný, took gold at the 2012 European Championships.
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Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotákova has been chosen as the best woman European athlete in June by European Athletics, the federation of national athletics associations. It said Špotákova had enjoyed an excellent return to serious competition in her sport after maternity leave in 2013. The Czech has won three competitions on the run including a record throw of 66.43 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Rome on June 5. One of the targets of the two times Czech olympic gold winner is to win the European Championships being held in Zurich in mid-August.
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