Czech sprinter Pavel Maslák took a silver medal in men's 400m final at the Eureopan Athletic Championships in Amsterdam. Maslák covered the track in a time of 45.36 seconds, seven seconds behind Britain's Martyn Rooney. Pole vaulter Jan Kudlička secured a fourth silver medal for the Czech team with a height of 560 centimetres.
Czech athlete Adam Sebastian Helcelet won a silver medal in the decathlon at the European Championship in Amsterdam on Thursday. Helcelet ended up with a final score of 8157 points, 61 points behind Belgian Thomas van der Plaetsen, who took gold. Another Czech to take silver was javelin thrower Vítězslav Veselý, who secured the medal with a throw of 83.59 metres.
Hurdler Zužana Heynová finished a disappointing third in the 400 metres event at the Golden Spike event at Ostrava on Friday. The Czech star was making her first competitive start to the season after suffering an Achilles heel injury and had been hoping to attack the time of 54.53 seconds. The final performance was however 55.69, which resulted in a third place. Heynová will now focus on her next competitive event in Rome on June 2.
The comeback of one of the biggest Czech hopes for a gold medal in the Summer Olympics is encountering some problems. Javelin record holder Barbora Špotáková is still unable to train regularly after a bone fracture suffered in March. The athlete had been hoping to take part in her first major Diamond League appearance of the season at Qatar next week but that has now been cancelled. She now expects to compete at the earliest in June.
If the Rio de Janeiro Olympics were held today, the Czech Republic would win 10 medals, four of them gold, suggests an analysis carried out by the US-based Gracenote sports data provider released exactly 100 days before the start of the Olympics. According to their forecast, the Czech Republic would finish in the medals table in 20th place, one place lower than four years ago. According to Gracenote, the gold medallists will include javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková, hurdler Zuzana Hejnová, rower Ondřej Synek and Judo Wrestler Lukáš Krpálek.
The fastest man in history, Usain Bolt, is to compete at Ostrava’s Golden Spike meeting for the eighth time, organisers said on Tuesday. The Jamaican sprinter will take part in the 100 metres on Friday 20 May in what will be his second race of the season. Bolt, who is 29, has never been beaten at the Golden Spike in either the 100 metres or 200 metres.
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.
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