In Sports News this Monday: Roger Federer beats Radek Štěpánek in the third round of what has been a disappointing US Open for the Czech Republic; Sparta stay in front in the Czech league after a home win over Viktoria Žižkov; Milan Baroš will be hoping a move to Turkey’s Galatasaray can revive his career; and Czech motorcyclist Lukáš Pešek notches up his best MotoGP finish since moving up to 250 CC.
Few sports fans in the Czech Republic will forget the recent Beijing Olympics, where the country notched up six medals, three silver and three gold. The games featured a number of gripping stories, including the very first gold medal win of the games by shooter Kateřina Emmons as well as Barbora Špotáková’s stunning last-minute win in the javelin. Yet days since the Olympics ended, the country’s prime minister, Mirek Topolánek, has now expressed disappointment. On Wednesday, Mladá fronta Dnes writes, he stated flatly that Czechs should have won
Dagmar Damková, the first woman to referee at the highest level in Czech men’s football, recently reached another career milestone, when she officiated in the women’s football final at the Beijing Olympics. The USA beat Brazil 1:0 in that game, and though the ref herself obviously wasn’t up for a medal, her performance was highly praised by Olympic officials. Dagmar Damková described the experience of refereeing the final:
The Beijing Olympics were generally regarded as one of the most spectacular in recent times, and were praised by the president of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge as ‘truly exceptional’. But were they perhaps a bit too spectacular – raising the bar so high that cities with more modest bids, such as Prague, can never hope to succeed?
Czech long-distance swimmer David Čech has succeeded in swimming the Strait of Gibraltar both ways, becoming the fifth person in the world and the first Czech to do so. He also managed to cross the first half of his journey, from Spain to Morocco, in the record time of 2 hours and 38 minutes. I asked David Čech to tell me all about it:
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic finishes 24th in the medals table at the Beijing Olympics with three gold and three silver medals; and Slavia and Sparta notch up high-scoring wins in the Czech football league but both have big hills to climb if they are to reach the Champions League group stage.
The Czech medal tally at the Summer Olympics in Beijing hits five; Emmons earns a 2nd medal in shooting while other Czechs feature strong on water, bringing two silver; Hilgertová capsizes in Women’s K1 kayak to finish disappointing 9th; in the domestic football league Sparta tie unexpectedly with Olomouc.
It isn’t an unusual practice: a well-known sports celebrity sets up a line of sports clothing. From a marketing perspective, the idea seems perfect: capitalize on the name-recognition of said sportsperson and either open a bar, sports-shop or even set up a line of clothing. Dominik Hašek, former ice-hockey legendary goalkeeper did the latter. But now it seems that his business venture has hit some bumps in the road. DJ reports:
In Sports News this week: all the Olympic action from China, with two gold medals for the Czech Republic by shooters Kateřina Emmons and David Kostelecký; tennis player Tomáš Berdych goes on at Beijing while Radek Štepánek and Nicole Vaidošová drop out; and in home football, Slavia and Sparta do well before the Champions League’s 3rd qualifying round.
The eyes of the world are on Beijing where the 2008 Olympic Games get underway with a grand opening ceremony on Friday night. Ten thousand sportspeople from 205 countries are taking part. Millions of people have traveled to Beijing to witness what the Chinese promise to be the grandest spectacle in Olympic history. Yet there are also many who are boycotting the games and drawing attention to the situation in Tibet and the extent of human rights violations in China. Olympic Watch, a human rights organization set up in Prague in 2001, has called