In Sports news this week: two Czechs take points in the motorcycle racing world championship; European Under 23 Championships concludes in Ostrava; Czech women’s tennis team will play Germany in the first round of Fed Cup; and hockey legend Jaroslav Jiřík dies in plane crash.
Motorbike racers Abraham, Kornfeil take points at German Grand Prix
“Given all the problems over the weekend, and the fact that nobody ahead of us fell – which is unusual – I’m quite satisfied with the result. But of course, I’d like to rank in the top ten. I think that if we didn’t have those problems, I would have been able to keep up with a group that was riding in front of me.”
In the 125ccm class, Jakub Kornfeil gave a great performance in Sunday’s race when he moved up 17 positions to finish 13th. The 18-year-old Czech rider took three points and also ranks 13th in the season’s standings.
Czechs take two medals at European Athletics U23 Championship in Ostrava
“After day one, I didn’t believe very much I could finish first. This season, I didn’t do that great in the long jump but here it worked out great and I jumped 6.20 and got some extra points for that. But in the javelin, I was hoping to do better than the 42 meters, and that’s where I lost out.”
Even so, Kateřina Cachová set a new personal record at the championships when she for the first time won over 6,000 points, and qualified for the world athletics championships in South Korea later this year.
Czech women’s tennis team to play Germany in Fed Cup’s first round
“It’s certainly a difficult opponent but then again, there are not many easy ones in the World Group. Germany has great potential, one of their players is right behind the top ten and two others among the top 16. All their players are young and improving. So Germany will be a tough team to play.”
The Czech team will again rely on Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitová, together with Lucie Šafářová, Lucie Hradecká and Květa Peschkeová.