In Sports News: Klučinová sets new Czech record in women’s heptathlon; swimmer Baumrtová does likewise in 200m backstroke; men’s handball team achieves sensational turnaround to reach World Championship; and will Koller and Berger come out of retirement to play in India?
Klučinová sets new national record in heptathlon…
“I have to say it really surprised me a lot, because even though I ‘planned’ to attack my record, it never occurred to me it’d be by so many points. I was a lot more relaxed after the hurdles, because I’ve had trouble with them my whole life. It was the same after the high jump; I had problems with my ankle during the winter and I couldn’t jump at all. And the long jump – that was fantastic.”
…while Baumrtová does likewise in 200m backstroke
Men’s handball team reach World Championship
The Czech men’s handball team have reached their sport’s World Championship for the first time since 2007. After losing 15:23 in the first leg of a play-off tie with Serbia away, the Czechs managed to turn things around in sensational style in Brno on Saturday, running out 33:21 winners. Coach Jaroslav Hudeček said his men had benefited from the Serbs’ hot-headed nature.
“We all know people from the Balkans and they’re from the Balkans. We heard them arguing amongst themselves in the changing rooms, so we knew the foundations of our success had been laid. We really piled the pressure on them and – thank God – everything went according to plan. The boys put in an incredible performance. Hats off to them.”
The Handball World Championship does not take place until next January and there is a question mark over whether the Czech Republic’s most successful player and captain, Filip Jícha, will make it to Qatar. Jícha, who is 32, has been injured for much of this season and is considering calling it a day.