In Sports News this Monday: Six podium finishes mean hosts finish fourth in medals table at European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague; Jakub Holuša delivers “home” gold in 1,500m with dramatic finish; men’s tennis team face playoffs in Davis Cup after World Group first round exit’; and Sparta draw level with Plzeň after latter’s game postponed due to virus outbreak.
Holuša delivers one of two Czech golds at “home” indoor Euros after dramatic finish
“If I don’t win the Olympics that will be the greatest experience of my life. Because running at home in front of 11,000 people cheering you on and winning the gold – it’s just incredible. I’m really moved – I’ll probably cry during the medal ceremony. If I hadn’t been at home, I might have been satisfied with second place. But in front of a home crowd I just had to try. I fought to the last metre, and it worked out.”
The other Czech medals at the European Indoor Championships went to Radek Juška, with silver in the long jump, Ladislav Prášil, with bronze in the shot put, Eliška Klučinová with bronze in the pentathlon and the men’s 400m relay team, who also came third.
Czech men’s team facing Davis Cup playoffs after defeat to Australia
“We have fewer and fewer talented young players. When I see our 17-and 18-year-olds they’re not competitive at the European level, never mind the world level. We will have to be patient. It’s not about finding a new Berdych or Štěpánek – a new Jiří Veselý would be good. Because the only promise for the future is Patrik Rikl, who is second in Europe in his age group. He’s 16, so it’s a question of time.”