In Sports News: Two more podium finishes tighten Koukalová’s grip on Biathlon World Cup leadership while Krčmář takes first medal in competition; and Karolína Plíšková in new position among favourites as Australian Open starts.
Koukalová tightens grip on leadership of Biathlon World Cup
Koukalová, who is 27 shared her thoughts with Czech Radio moments after crossing the finish line in the latter event.
“I’m very satisfied. It’s my sixth podium finish in a row and I don’t think I achieved that at all last year. It’s great – like a fairytale… Being first overall really spurs you on. It gives you positive energy for more events. I’m really looking forward to them. Right now I’m tired but that I still feel very competitive. Maybe tomorrow I’ll miss competing. I can’t wait for the next weekend – and hopefully the next positive results.”
Krčmář takes first Biathlon World Cup medal
Koukalová wasn’t the only noteworthy Czech in Ruhpolding. Twenty-five-year-old Michal Krčmář picked up his first ever biathlon World Cup medal – bronze – in the men’s pursuit event on Sunday.
Karolína Plíšková in the spotlight as Australian Open begins
“People say, You’re a clear favourite. I don’t see things like that. I don’t want to not believe in myself, but I know how hard it is. In New York it was very tough, too. So my aim right now is to get through the first round.”
No less a name than John McEnroe has tipped Karolína Plíšková to win Grand Slams. In an interview with the Czech daily Sport he also said she has what it takes to become world number one. And Plíšková will begin her campaign on centre court at the Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday against Sara Sorribes of Spain.