In Sports News this Monday: Zdeněk Štybar defends his world cyclo-cross tite; Tomáš Verner takes bronze at the European Figure Skating Championships; in tennis, Jiří Veselý wins the junior boys’ singles at the Australian Open, and in football, Sparta’s Ivory Coast striker Bony Wilfried joins the Dutch club Arnhem.
Cyclocross: Zdeněk Štybar defends world title
“In the beginning, it was not going very well for me, I didn’t know what to expect and how my legs would do. But when I sped up I suddenly saw there were fewer people in the leading group so that was a good message for me. I didn’t know what shape Sven Nys was in, and when I tested him, I was suddenly on my own.”
Štybar, who recently joined the Belgian cycling Team Quick Step, said he was planning to stay in cyclocross for another season or two before moving completely onto the road.
In the women’s elite race, Kateřina Nash took bronze, and so did Karel Hník in the under-23 category.
Tomáš Verner finishes third at European figure skating championships
“I’m not happy about the third place, I’m really not. I made several mistakes and I lost by a few points to Amodio who is in top form right now. But I made serious mistakes, I fell in the short programme, I also jumped a double Lutz and the triple Axel was not good, either, there was no triple combination. So I’m not really satisfied.”
Another Czech, Michal Březina, was second after his short programme but fell twice in the finals and ended eighth.
Tennis: Jiří Veselý takes junior boys title at Australian Open
“To be honest, I only saw the trophy some five days into the tournament. But then I started thinking that I could actually win it, which made me lose focus, and I got a little nervous. But I got back and concentrated on my game again.”
Jiří Veselý is the first Czech junior to win the Australian Open. Both Czech hopefuls in men’s and women’s singles, sixth-seed Tomáš Berdych and Petra Kvitová, seeded 25th, were knocked out of the quarterfinals.
Football: Wilfried leavers Sparta Prague for Arnhem
To fill the gap, Sparta Prague has signed on the Croatian forward Andrej Kerič from the Czech top division club Liberec. Sparta will pay 1.5 million crowns for the 24-year-old Croatian, who scored 32 goals in the top Czech division since he arrived in Liberec three years ago.