In Sports News this Monday: Czechs beat Argentina to reach Davis Cup finals; in football, Plzeň controversially beats Sparta Prague in Gambrinus Liga; Czech hockey fans look forward to NHL stars coming home to play during lockout; and in athletics, Olympic javelin champion Barbora Špotáková returns to her roots and stets her new personal best in heptathlon.
Tennis: Czechs beat Argentina in Davis Cup
The key man behind the Czech success, Tomáš Berdych, told reporters from the Davis Cup website his recent run at the US Open helped a lot.
“From my perspective, I was feeling really well, coming from the US where I played the semifinal there, beating Roger Federer and playing a close match against Andy Murray who won the US Open. So I felt really good, and wanted to show here that my game was really on top, and I did it: I won my singles, I got a half-point in the doubles, and that’s it. That’s what we needed.”
“I will only say this: in that year, those 32 years ago, Czechoslovakia beat Argentina in Argentina and then they played at home. That’s all.”
Hockey: Czech fans looking forward to Jágr, other NHL stars coming home
For their part, Slavia Prague is ready to welcome forwards Roman Červenka of the Calgary Flames and Vladimír Sobotka of the St. Louis Blues while Aleš Hemský of the Edmonton Oilers will join Pardubice. Other NHL players are likely to come back home during the lockout as well which will substantially increase the numbers of spectators at extraliga games.
Football: Controversial penalty helps Plzeň beat Sparta
Thanks to the win, Viktoria Plzeň moved up to the top of the league table ahead of Sparta in second place and Jablonec in third place.
Olympic javelin champion Barbora Špotáková returns to heptathlon
After a ten-year span, two-time Olympic winner in women’s javelin Barbora Špotáková returned to her beginnings when she took part in a heptathlon event in France over the weekend. The Czech javelin star, who began her career in heptathlon and finished fourth at the 2000 World Junior Athletic Championships, said she wanted to try her heptathlon to break her training routine.
“I don’t really practice the other disciplines; sometimes I try something but if you knew how to do something, it stays with you. I run a lot, 200 and 300 metres but not in a competition, not when they fire a pistol behind your back. I am also not use to starting blocks, which was always my problem.”
At the heptathlon event in France, Barbora Špotáková finished sixth out of seven athletes who completed the race. But she set her new personal best of 5,800 points, and even set a new javelin heptathlon world best of 60.9 metres.