In Sports News this Monday: Ski jumper Koudelka tops World Cup podium for first time for great start to season; speed skater Sablíková comes first in only second mass start race; Plzeň still top of league after win over Bohemians; and Sparta set to welcome Napoli in Europa League.
First place in World Cup event dream come true for ski jumper Koudelka
So it was all the more impressive when he got off to the perfect start in Klingenthal, giving the best performance in Friday’s heats and in the team competition. In Saturday’s final he jumped 138 metres in the first round, before a jump of 139.5 metres in the second gave him first place. The 25-year-old was ecstatic after Saturday’s final.
“It’s completely fantastic. After the times I’ve had you, wouldn’t expect something like this. I was nervous during the first jump and messed it up a little. But it’s always better to attack from the rear rather than from first place. The second jump went a lot better. It’s a fantastic feeling. Today I’ve fulfilled my dream of one day wearing the yellow jersey.”
Sablíková comes first in only second mass start race
No change at top of league as top three win
Things are still tight at the top of the Czech first division. Sparta Prague, in second spot going into the weekend, beat České Budějovice 4:0 on Saturday, to overtake Viktoria Plzeň at least briefly, while Jablonec also leapfrogged the West Bohemians with a 2:1 win over Baník Ostrava.
“Standa Tecl made a great pass between their centre and full backs, and I was in front of the latter. There was contact – it was a penalty. Sparta and Jablonec had both won, and we had to manage our game. I think we could have performed better, but we’re glad we managed the situation because strong teams manage games like that.”
Sparta prepare to host Napoli in Europa League
Sparta Prague will be in Europa League action on Thursday, when they welcome Napoli to their Letná stadium. Sparta currently top their group ahead of the Italians on goal difference.