In Sports News this Monday: Zdeněk Štybar becomes the first Czech in 19 years to win the Cyclo-cross World Championships, in front of a home crowd in Tábor; Czech Karolína Plíšková takes the junior title at the Australian Open; and goalie Tomáš Vokoun sets a new personal record for shutouts in one season in ice the NHL.
Zdeněk Štybar has become the first Czech in 19 years to win the Cyclo-cross World Championships, after outclassing the competition in front of a home crowd in the south Bohemian town of Tábor. Štybar, who just last weekend won the World Cup in cyclo-cross, didn’t get off to an ideal start on Sunday when his tyre split at the end of the first round and he had to replace a wheel. That left the 24-year-old needing to catch up on the leaders but, cheered on by Czech fans, it didn’t take him too long to move into first place and he finished a full 30 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. Zdeněk Štybar was clearly a happy man after receiving his gold medal.
“It’s incredible, it’s the experience of a lifetime. The fans were simply unbelievable, they cheered the whole way along the track and I enjoyed it immensely. Throughout the whole season there’s been constant pressure, with everybody asking me about the World Championships. But I withstood it, and showed today that I’m mentally strong.”
The Czech Republic’s Karolína Plíšková won the junior title at the Australian Open on Sunday. The 17-year-old beat Laura Robson of the United Kingdom 6-1 7-6 to take the title in what was her first appearance at the Melbourne tennis tournament. Interestingly, Robson had earlier defeated her twin sister Kristýna, in the semi-finals. Karolína Plíšková had this to say of her own success.
“It feels like it hasn’t sunk in yet. Sometimes when I don’t do well I’m angry with myself, but when I am successful…I am happy, but I don’t show it too much.”
Czech goaltender Tomáš Vokoun has set a new personal record for shutouts
in one season in ice hockey’s NHL. Vokoun now has seven clean sheets to
his name, after his Florida Panthers beat New York Rangers 2:0 on Sunday.
Czech fans will be hoping the man from Karlovy Vary can take his
phenomenal recent form to the Olympics, which get underway in Vancouver at
the end of next week.
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