Czech javelin thrower Vítězslav Veselý will get a bronze medal from the 2012 Olympic Games in London after a retroactive disqualification of his Ukrainian colleague Oleksandr Pyatnytsya. The 31-year-old Ukrainian was stripped of his silver medal after he tested positive for the steroid turinabol and was ordered by the International Olympic Committee to return it. He was one of four more athletes sanctioned Tuesday by the IOC after retests of stored samples from London and the 2008 Beijing Games. Veselý had originally ended in fourth place, behind Antti Ruuskanen of Finland.
In Sports News this Monday: Title contenders need to work hard for victories and Boleslav’s Chramosta scores his first hat-trick as new Czech football season begins; Plzeň and Sparta gear up for away Champions League qualifiers; and Olympic javelin champion Špotáková says Olympics without Russian athletes “incomplete”.
With the Summer Olympics now looming, it’s probably appropriate to look a bit deeper at the life and times of probably the greatest Czechoslovak athlete ever, the distance runner Emil Zátopek. It was Zátopek who astoundingly won a trio of gold medals at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres and the marathon, amazingly a distance that he had never competed at before.
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.
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