The Czech Republic’s Nikola Ogrodníková came second in the women’s
javelin at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Friday night,
securing a first medal for the Czech team.
Ogrodníková, who is 27, was beaten by Christin Hussong of Germany; her
best throw 67.90 meters was six centimeters longer than the Czech’s.
Anežka Drahotová secured another silver for the Czech team in the 20-kilometer speedwalking race on Saturday, finishing 30 seconds behind María Pérez of Spain.
Title hopefuls Viktoria Plzeň, Sparta Prague and Slavia Prague all take three points as new season starts; Ogrodníková comes second in women’s javelin at London Diamond League meeting; Vrzalová breaks long-standing record in mile; and Hermannová and Nausch take bronze at European Beach Volleyball Championships.
More than 70 athletes, including nine prisoners and one ex-offender, are set to run in the Yellow Ribbon half-marathon in Prague at the weekend. The first of four races, the event highlights the importance of supporting the reintegration of former offenders within broader society upon completing their sentence. The charity race takes place on Saturday as part of the broader Sportisimo ½ Marathon.
Some twenty thousand people are expected to take part in the traditional
Prague half-marathon due to be held on Saturday, the organizers of the
event told the ctk news agency.
Drivers have been warned to expect traffic complications along the route. The Čechův and Mánesuv bridges will be closed to traffic between 9.30 and 1pm and some trams and busses will be re-routed. Parking will also be prohibited along the route of the half-marathon.
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.
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