In Sports News this Monday: Czechs have most successful Biathlon World Championships ever, while Moravec is only competitor in Finland to take home full collection of medals; Plzeň leapfrog Sparta as Kolář converts late penalty; Vrba names squad for Euro qualifier against Latvia; and Růžička commits to further year as Czech ice hockey coach.
Czechs enjoy most successful Biathlon World Championships ever
A tremendous result in his last event meant that Ondřej Moravec was able to pick up a full collection of medals, the only competitor in Finland to do so. Speaking to Czech Radio, he said he had been expecting a tough race from eventual winner Jakov Fak of Slovenia.
“I knew he’d be a lot of trouble. He’d already shown in the Pursuit that he wasn’t the absolute fastest but was incredibly dynamic and was fast on the flat. He was great. I’d told Slovenian TV that I hoped he’d win the medal – and it worked out… As for my medals, I didn’t have many targets before the season. I wanted to finish in the top 10, which meant being successful at the Worlds. I think I’ve fulfilled that one hundred percent.”
Plzeň move ahead of Sparta after late penalty against Dukla
“I think our last game was also a 3:2 win [against Hradec Králové]. The league is so balanced that you won’t find any completely clear-cut games. The closer we get to the end of the season, the more our opponents will want to get one over on us. They won’t have anything to lose and will play more freely.”
Four recalls in Vrba’s squad for Euro qualifier versus Latvia
Růžička commits to further year as Czech ice hockey coach
Vladimír Růžička has decided to remain on as coach of the Czech national ice hockey team. His contract had been due to end after the World Championships in Prague and Ostrava in May.