In Sports news this week: Czech swimmer Barbora Závadová comes in seventh in the Women's 400m Individual Medley Final at the FINA World Championships, the results of the Czech World Cup 2014 qualifying group are announced, the Czech team faces Spain in the final of the European Under-19 Championship, and the Czech soccer top flight resumes after summer break.
Czech swimmer Závadová comes seventh in Shanghai
Barbora Závadová came in seventh in the Women's 400m Individual Medley Final at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai on Sunday, securing the best result by a Czech swimmer in the competition. The 18-year-old achieved a time of 4:38:04 seconds, improving on her own record by five seconds and securing a spot at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. “Certainly, the first 200 meters are usually my strength, but I think that subconsciously I knew that I had gone into it too quickly, and that it either will be a brutal time or I would not get anywhere. The first 250 meters breast stroke really hurt, and unfortunately I was not able to go beyond the pain. And during the crawl, I was just looking forward to getting it over with.”
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Czechs to face Spain in final of European Under-19 Championship after seeing off Serbs
The Czech Republic have reached the final of the European Under-19 Football Championship for the first time, after beating Serbia 4:2 in Friday’s semi-final in Romania. The Czechs had a 3:0 lead within 20 minutes thanks to strikes from Tomáš Přikryl, Tomáš Kalas, and Tomáš Jeleček. So far, the Czech team has won all of the games it played in the championship. However, they face Spain – who are world and European champions at senior level – in Monday’s final, which will kick off at 7 p.m, after the recording of our programme. Commenting on the match, team captain Jakub Brabec said that they would do all they could to stop the Spanish offence, but would not focus on individual players, since the team as a whole was dangerous.
Czech soccer top flight resumes after summer break
“We have to remember that for a lot of players, this was the first time that they played a first division match, and we simply lack experience. I think that the first half was better, but the second was not any good, there is no point in lying about that.”
Later on Friday Bohemians 1905 beat Slavia Prague 2:0 at home at Eden, the stadium they share. There are 30 rounds in the Gambrinus League, with the last one set for late May.
“We really wanted to win, because the matches in Ceske Budejovice are always quite complicated for us. So this is a really valuable win for us, and we are glad that we scored so many goals, even though I don’t think this was our best game. I hope that we will get better and better and that our performance will develop.”