In Sports News: Czech figure skater Michal Březina clinches bronze at the European Figure Skating Championships in Zagreb; speed skater Karolína Erbanová improved her own Czech record at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Salt Lake City; in tennis Radek Štepánek will miss the opening round of the Davis Cup; Prague football club Slavia celebrates 120th anniversary.
Figure skating: Březina earns first medal in major competition
“[If we look back at my career so far] it was six years of hard work since I began and I am glad that I was able to clinch a medal... I am extremely happy that I didn’t finish outside the medals again and now have one I can hang up at home next to my junior ones. I am very happy I was able to pull it off; even if there was a mistake in the begin ing, things turned out well.”
Erbanová imoproves two Czech sprint speed skating records
Staying on the ice, sprint speed skater Karolína Erbanová improved her own Czech record at the World Sprint Speedskating Championships in Salt Lake City at the weekend, with a time in the 500 metres of 37,67; and finishing ninth. A day earlier she set a new Czech record in the first one kilometre event with a time of 1,13. The racer was disqualified a day later in the 1,000 metres and finished 24th overall in the standings.
Tennis: Štepánek facing surgery, puts off Davis Cup
Fed Cup roster announced
The Czech Republic will field the same women’s team in this year’s Fed Cup to defend last year’s title. Players Petra Kvitová, Andrea Hlaváčková, Lucie Šafařová and Lucie Hradecká have all been nominated. Their defence of the title will begin on February 9 and 10. The Czech women’s team will face Australia’s in the opening round.