Czech rower Ondřej Synek, who secured the Czech Republic’s second medal at the Olympic Games in London on Friday, has expressed more than satisfaction with the result. The Czech competitor came in second place in the 200m race with a time of 6:59.37, beaten only by New Zealand’s Mahé Drysdale, who clinched a time of 6:57.82. Synek told idnes that afterwards he had joked with Drysdale that ‘some people collected silver, others gold’, adding that true gold was waiting for him at home – his wife is expecting. Synek also received silver in the same discipline four years ago in Beijing.
The women’s basketball team got off to an excellent start on Friday against the US jumping to a 10 point lead before the American players began to regain their bearing. In the end, the Czechs lost by a score 61:88. The women’s team will have to defeat Angola on Sunday in order to book a spot in the play-offs.
The Czech Republic has secured two more medals at the Olympic Games
including its first gold.World champion rower Miroslava Knapkova won the
women's single sculls with a dominant performance over her nearest
competitor Fie Edby Erichsen of Denmark, winning by more than three
Adela Sykorova took bronze in the women's 50m rifle three positions competition.
Czech police have reportedly secured property belonging to Social Democratic Central Bohemian governor David Rath. The former governor and Health Minister is currently remanded in prison awaiting trial on charges of corruption. Lawyers representing Mr. Rath have accused the police of doing so in order to prevent the suspect from being able to sell his property so that he might raise bail. Mr. Rath will reportedly be eligible for possible bail in mid-August. The police have thus far declined to comment on the matter.
Prague Zoo posted a pre-tax profit last year of 33 million crowns, a rise of five million crowns against the previous year, according to a newly-released annual report from the zoo. An increase in car park fees brought in 13.4 million crowns, with fears of increased costs putting off drivers apparently not realised. However, increased ticket prices appear to have confirmed fears that this would hit visitor numbers, with a record 1.37 million visitors last year expected to fall to 1.2 million this year. Overall, the zoo made 131.7 million crowns on ticket sales last year, exceeding expectations by 15 million crowns. Overall, the 2011 report shows revenues of 340 million, expenditures of 313 million and post-tax profits of 26.8 million crowns.
Sightings have been reported in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo of Czech made L-39 Albatros fighter jets being used by the regime against the local population. According to a report in the UK paper the Independent, a civilian camp in the city was deliberately target by a regime pilot possibly flying a L-39 Albatros, used by the Syrian military. A video obtained by the UK’s Telegraph newspaper appeared to confirm that the L-39s are being deployed in the fight against anti-Assad rebels. The planes were manufactured by the company Aero Vodochody in the late 60s and early 70s. They were sold by the Czechoslovakian government to various Soviet allies, including Syria, and some of these still remain in use today.
The Czech Republic won a second Olympic medal on Friday as rower Ondřej Synek came in second place in a 200m race with a time of 6:59.37. He was beaten to the gold by New Zealand’s Mahé Drysdale who came in with a time of 6:57.82. This is Synek’s second Olympic medal – he won the same medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Czech Republic’s first medal at this year’s Games was won on Wednesday by kayaker Vavřinec Hradilek.
The new owner of a 12th century castle in the village of Ralsko in northern Bohemia has been revealed as Czech businessman Milan Baier. 800 square metres around the site were recently put up for sale by the army and forest service, which hitherto administered the land. A controversial tender process ensued with an anonymous bidder emerging victorious, despite the efforts of Ralsko locals to acquire the site. In total five bidders vied for the site, with a minimum asking price of 120,000 crowns; Ralsko authorities were reportedly willing to offer 150,000 but were told that the winning bidder had offered substantially more. Milan Baier, a local from nearby Mimoň, was ultimately revealed as the new owner and has promised to keep the site accessible to the public and to consult with local citizens as repairs are carried out. But locals remain unhappy and are seeking to overturn the sale and have reportedly even appealed to Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra for help, arguing that such a historical site should remain in public hands.
A stolen 18th century baroque statue depicting an angel has been returned to the Church of St Nicholas in the Moravian town of Březová by the Czech Minister of Culture Alena Hanáková. The figure was stolen from the church nine years ago and ultimately found its way to Italy. It was there that authorities managed to recover it in the hands of an organised crime network following an investigation involving Interpol. The figure was handed by the Italian authorities to Hanáková during a trip to the country in May. 60 other works of art were also reportedly found in the hands of the criminal gang – many from churches across Europe. According to the Ministry of Culture, the statue was handed back to church representatives on Wednesday.
Randy Blythe, a member of the US heavy metal group Lamb of God, has been released from custody by authorities in Prague. The singer was arrested on June 27 as he arrived at Prague’s Ruzyňe airport on suspicion of manslaughter. Specifically, he was accused of throwing a fan off the stage during a concert two years ago. The fan later died of head injuries. Blythe arrived in June to play a concert, which was subsequently aborted following the arrest. A district court in Prague 8 then determined that Blythe be remanded in custody until his trial; this decision was overturned on appeal, with the singer now subject to a 8 million crown bail pending trial. Prosecutors had feared that Blythe, who was released on Thursday afternoon, may attempt to leave the country if released.