The sad news was announced on Wednesday that the most successful ever Czech Olympic athlete, Věra Čáslavská, died at the age of 74. She had been battling cancer of the pancreas. The gymnast will be remembered not just for her medals but for her protest against the Soviet bloc invasion of Czechoslovakia at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
Around two thousand people filled in the main square in Jihlava on Thursday evening to welcome home the only Czech gold medallist from the Olympic Games in Rio: judoka Lukáš Krpálek. The 25-year old Jihlava native won in the under-100kg division in Rio and clinched the Czech Republic’s first-ever Olympic judo medal.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs take four bronze medals in Rio in two days, including three in tennis; after winning his first Olympics medal in the mixed doubles, veteran Štěpánek says success in Czech colours tops other honours; and rower Synek, who came third in single sculls, concedes he may never top an Olympic podium.
In Sports News this week: no medals so far for the Czechs at Rio but they have pulled off some surprises and comebacks on the tennis courts. In football, both league title holders Viktoria Plzeň and Sparta Prague make a stuttering start to the season. And Czechs made an impression at the Moto Surf Wold Cup in Prague.