In sport, 400 metres hurdler Zuzana Hejnová was voted the Czech sports personality of the year. The ceremony took place Monday night. Second placed was speed skater Martina Sábílková. It is the second time Hejnová has earned the award with the previous triumph taking place in 2013. The team award went to the women’s tennis team which retained the Fed Cup against Russia. Junior awards went to snow boarder Ester Ledecká and cyclist Jiří Janošek.
The Olympic javelin champion Barbora Špotáková has announced she will train for next year’s games in Rio de Janeiro with Rudolf Černý, a coach she parted company with in 2010. After ending her association with Jan Železný, Špotáková (34) was without a trainer this year and performed disappointingly at the Athletics World Championships in Beijing. The javelin world record holder, who previously worked with Rudolf Černý for 11 years, said Rio was likely to be her last Olympics and she wanted to give it her all.
Czech Olympic champion javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková has failed to reach the podium at the World Championships in Beijing. She finished in the ninth place in Friday's final in the Bird's Nest Stadium, after she threw 60.08 metres. The 34-year-old athlete, who split from long-time trainter Jan Železný last year, said she planned to engage a new coach before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Zuzana Hejnová has won the Czech Republic’s first medal at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, with gold in the women’s 400 metres hurdles. Indeed, despite suffering serious injury problems throughout 2014, she has become the first athlete ever to successfully defend the world title in the event.
The Czech Republic’s Pavel Maslák has failed to make it out of the heats in the 400 metres at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. Maslák, who came fifth at the last World Championships in Moscow two years ago, finished last in his qualification race. The entire field has been faster this time out: His time in Moscow – a Czech record 44:54 seconds – would have left him just 18th in Beijing.
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