In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs get off to a winning start in the ice hockey worlds; cross country skier Eva Vrabcová qualifies for the Rio Olympics; Sparta Prague secure second place in the football league; and in rowing Czechs are among the medals in a blustery Brandenburg.
Czechs top group A at ice hockey worlds
Czech coach Vladimír Vůjtek says teams perceived as outsiders have a greater chance of creating upsets this time round because many of the top countries are without their NHL stars:
“It has a lot to do with the make up of the squads. The Russians still don’t have a complete squad. The Swedes as well didn’t get the players from the NHL that they expected. In that case they are playing against so-called weaker European teams that also have players in the Kontinental Hockey League or Swedish and Finnish leagues. The quality is similar.”
The Czechs face Sweden on Monday night.
Skier Eva Vrabcová qualifies for Rio Olympics marathon
Sparta Prague secure second place in football league
Czech rowers secure bronze at European rowing championships
And finally, in rowing and the European Championships in Brandenburg, Germany, the Czechs landed two bronze medals in windy conditions. World Champion Ondřej Synek won bronze in his first international start of the season. And in the women’s double skulls Lenka Antošová and Kristýna Fleissnerová got amongst the medals as well.