Dana Zátopková – one of the greatest Czech sportswomen of all time and a national sweetheart – died last Friday at the blessed age of 97. The winner of two Olympic medals and one-time world record holder in the javelin-throwing category was also known as the wife of the legendary runner Emil Zátopek.
Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková has parted company with her
long-term coach Rudolf Černý. The world record holder, who is 38, will be
trained by Jan Tylče for her last ever Olympic Games in Tokyo later this
Špotáková was trained by Černý for most of her career to date, though between 2010 and 2014 she was coached by men’s javelin legend Jan Železný and in 2015 prepared alone.
The former athlete Roman Šebrle is offering CZK 100,000 for help in
finding the gold medal he won in the decathlon at the 2004 Olympic Games in
Athens. Šebrle, who turned 45 on Tuesday, said he lost the medal – his
only Olympic gold – three years ago.
Now a TV presenter, Šebrle was also crowned world champion, in 2007, and was a two-time European champion. He also held the world points record for the decathlon for several years.
Hurdler Zuzana Hejnová has been named Czech Athlete of the Year for the
third time. The 32-year-old came fifth in the women’s 400m hurdles at the
World Athletics Championships in Doha and regularly reached the podium at
Diamond League events in 2019.
Hejnová, a two-time world champion in the past, finished ahead of javelin thrower Jakub Vadlejch and shot putter Tomáš Staněk in the poll of athletics functionaries, trainers and journalists.
The Czech 400 metres hurdles specialist Zuzana Hejnová finished second in
a Diamond League athletics meeting in London on Sunday. Hejnová’s time
of 54.33 was her second best of the season and she was only beaten by
Rushell Clayton of Jamaica. No US athletes took part in the hurdles in
London in view of their forthcoming national championships.
Hejnová, who is 32, is a two-time world champion in 400 metres hurdles, winning in 2013 and 2015.
Tomáš Dvořák, a former decathlon world champion and world record
holder, has announced he will resign as head coach of the Czech Athletics
Federation after this season.
Dvořák, now 47, took over the post in 2009. In a press release, he said he looked forward to less stress in his life, but could imagine staying on as a consultant to the new head coach.
The annual charity run for Paměť národa or Memory of the Nation
Institute raised 872,000 crowns (approximately 34,000 euros), the
organizers said on Monday.
The fourth edition of the charity run took place on Saturday in ten locations across the Czech Republic under the motto "For all who have not given up". More than 2,700 people took part in the event.
The funds will help to document the fate of the country’s freedom fighters who fought against Nazism and Communism.
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