The Czech high jumper Jaroslav Bába has announced his retirement, a week
before his 34th birthday. Bába’s greatest success came with a bronze
medal at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, when he was just 19.
The athlete told Czech Television that he had reached the top at a very young age and that that fact was now telling on his body. Bába, who also came third at the 2004 World Athletics Championships, holds the Czech indoor and outdoor high jump records.
Medals for Ogrodníková, Drahotová and Vrabcová Nývltová at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin, including historic result for latter in marathon; top three in soccer league make it maximum 12 points in four outings; and Slavia with work to do against Dynamo Kyiv in Champions League playoffs.
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.
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