In this edition of In Focus: extreme high diver Michal Navrátil talks about his sport including his recent trademark jump at the Worlds. If you are afraid of heights, understand that the professional regularly dives from 27 metres, reaching a velocity of 90 kilometres per hour when he breaks the water. Don’t even think about trying anything like this unless you’ve had years of training!
In Sports News this Monday: Plzeň make it nine points out of nine (and 13 goals in three games) with trouncing of Ostrava in Czech top flight; Sparta are neck and neck with win over Brno, though four fans are injured as storm fells tree; Eintracht Frankfurt are eyeing Sparta’s Kadlec; and swimmer Chocová is disqualified in final at 50m breaststroke in Barcelona.
In Sports News this Monday: Hejnová sets new Czech record in 400m hurdles and tops Diamond League podium yet again; Sparta apologise to fans for rapid exit from European competition, while Plzeň prepare to play Estonia’s Kalju in Champions League qualifier; Dukla’s Pospěch equals record for goals scored in Czech top flight game; and golfer Spilková achieves her best placing to date on Ladies European Tour.
In the Sports News this Monday: Maslák sets new Czech record in the 200m; Kreuziger is fourth in Tour de France after stage 15; league winners Plzeň lose to cup holders Jablonec in soccer’s Super Cup; boxer Konečný defends WBO European title; Hlaváčková and Hradecká score their first doubles success since Olympics; and rower Synek tops podium in Lucerne.
That the Wimbledon quarter-final would be difficult for Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych was pretty much a given, considering he was taking on World No.1 Novak Djokovic. Ahead of the match, the two had met on the court 15 times and only twice had Berdych bested the Serbian player. On Wednesday, he had obvious chances and was arguably in it until the middle of the second set. After that things went downhill fast.
The country’s two top tennis players, Petra Kvitová and Tomáš Berdych, have made it to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. Kvitová, who was the women’s champion at the All-England Club in 2011, will face Kirsten Flipkens who has never before made it so far. Berdych, by contrast, faces an arguably tougher opponent in Novak Djokovic – who he has only beaten twice.