The early 1950s in Czechoslovakia was a bleak period in the country’s history, but there was also some escape from politics. In 1952 the Summer Olympics were held in the Finnish capital Helsinki and the undisputed hero of the games was the greatest Czech runner of all time, Emil Zátopek. Despite his extraordinary style, with his face contorted, his head and torso swinging, and emitting sounds that earned him the nickname of “the Czech locomotive”, he went to Helsinki having already twice broken the world record over 20 kilometres. His dream at
In Sports News this Monday: Sparta Prague draw their first game under new manager Jozef Chovanec while Slavia hammer Kladno to stay in front in the Czech football league; goalkeeper Antonín Kinský says thanks but no thanks to the chance to become Petr Čech’s understudy at Chelsea; and former world tennis number seven Nicole Vaidišová falls to 34th in the rankings.
Regular listeners to Radio Prague may remember us reporting on Bohemians 1905, the venerable football club that would have gone bust had it not been for its loyal fans who held a collection to save their beloved "Kangaroos", as the team has been known since they went on a famous tour of Australia in the 1920s. Now, a new documentary has been released which celebrates the quirky life of some of these dedicated Bohemians fans.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s footballers are beaten 2:1 in Poland, with one point from two games their worst start to any qualifying campaign since the country was established; Petr Čech joins the injured list ahead of a home game against Slovenia this week; the Velká Pardubická steeplechase is won by Sixteen, after the apparent winner is disqualified; and the race’s greatest jockey Josef Váňa retires at the age of 55.
In Sports News this Monday: history is made with the first NHL games ever held in the Czech Republic taking place in Prague, New York Rangers twice beating Tampa Bay Lightning to get their season off to a perfect start; Tomáš Berdych wins his fourth ATP title and is once again the highest ranked Czech men’s tennis player; and Mladá Boleslav go top in the Czech football league, for 24 hours at least.
In Sports News: after not scoring twice in a game for over two years, Milan Baroš does it three times in a week for new club Galatasaray; Slavia lead the Czech league – but who will be top going into next weekend’s derby at Sparta?; Olympic shooting champion Kateřina Emmons takes a career break to have her first child; and Czech ice hockey fans look forward to a historic first – the start of the NHL season in Prague.
Football striker Milan Baroš hits stride with Galatasaray Istanbul while Petr Čech’s Chelsea draw 1:1 in a nail-biter against Manchester United; Slavia goes top in the domestic hockey league while Jaromír Jágr regains form in Siberia; the 2008 Paralympics wrap up with the Czechs clinching 27 medals.
In Sports News this Monday: Olympic champion Barbora Špotáková sets a new world record, meaning the Czech Republic now has world records in both men’s and women’s javelin; among the first to congratulate Špotáková is Dana Zátopková, who herself set a world record 50 years ago; the Czech Republic has so far won six golds at the Paralympics and an overall tally of 22 medals; and Tomáš Řepka behaves himself as Sparta Prague beat Brno to stay top of the Czech football league.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic have a couple of injury problems ahead of their first World Cup qualifier, but the good news is Marek Jankulovski is fit; former Czech manager Karel Bruckner gets off to a flying start in his new job as Austria beat France 3:1; the Czech Republic has taken four medals, including two golds, at the Paralympics in Beijing; and there are 12 members of the legendary 1998 Olympic winning team in the Czech ice hockey league this season.