Jan Zelezny makes history
Yes, it's sport of course, and it was a weekend of both historic success and disappointing failure for the Czech athletes competing in Sydney. First the joy, and no matter how many Olympic medals the Czechs pick up, the Sydney Games is sure to live long in the memory as the place where Jan Zelezny overcame injury to win his third successive Olympic Javelin gold.
On Sunday came the despair, though, as another medal hope, Sarka Kasparkova, finished in last place in the final of the Women's Triple Jump. With such an eventful weekend in mind, I spoke to Czech Radio's man in Sydney, Miroslav Konvalina, asking him first about the mood in the Czech team: So what about Jan Zelezny? His third Olympic gold ranks him alongside the all-time greats of Czech athletics but, at 34 years old, surely that is that. Or is it? Well, I managed to grab a quick answer to that question from Karel Pilny, the president of the Czech Athletic Association: Finally, a quick Olympic boxing result to mention. Rudolf Kraj of the Czech Republic has pulled off a surprise victory over the American Orlando Anderson in the second round light-heavyweight category. Kraj now faces the Nigerian Jegbefume Albert in the quarter-finals.
Despite a number of cancelled matches due to the continued absence of players in Sydney, there were some results over the weekend. Click here for all the Gambrinus League results, plus the league table.