Slavia make light work of Dukla to remain top; Plzeň boss eyes chances in new mini-league system; judo’s Krpálek takes bronze in first outing of 2019; Extraliga playoff semifinals continue; and Kenya’s Kimeli wins Prague Half Marathon.
Slavia stay seven points clear after demolition of Dukla
The leaders had effectively sealed all three points by going 3:0 up within 22 minutes. Nevertheless manager Jindřich Trpišovský said Slavia had improved after the interval.
“We weren’t so precise at the start of the game. We lost the ball a lot. But then we were saved by a wonderful move – that goal really helped us a lot. Soon we were winning 3:0. Paradoxically, however, our performance improved in the second half, even though we added fewer goals.”
Slavia will be in action again on Thursday night, when they play host to Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. The second leg takes place in London a week later.
Plzeň boss Vrba eyes chances in mini-league to decide title
Krpálek gets revenge on Kokauri to take bronze in Turkey
The Czech judo star Lukáš Krpálek won a bronze medal at the Antalya Grand Prix in Turkey at the weekend. The Olympic champion came third in the 100 kg and over category after beating Ushangi Kokauri of Azerbaijan, who has proven a thorn in his side and defeated the Czech at the World Championships among other events. Krpálek had this to say afterwards.
“I’m really pleased that I got him back for the defeat at the World Championships. But of course I would have preferred to have lost here and beaten him at the World Championships. This medal brings me a lot of joy. It was my first start of the season and I’ve already got a medal – so I’m very satisfied indeed.”
Extraliga playoff semifinals continue
Kenya’s Kimeli wins Prague Half Marathon for second year in row
Saturday’s Prague Half Marathon was won by Benard Kimeli. The Kenyan, who also won last year, set a personal best of 59:07 minutes, which was also the world’s third best time this year. The women’s race was won in 1:05:44 by Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui, who is Kenyan-born but represents Kazakhstan. The full Prague Marathon takes place on May 5.