In Sports News this Monday: Josef Váňa wins the Grand Pardubice steeplechase for the seventh time at the age of 57, though his latest triumph is not without controversy; the Czech Republic’s footballers put their campaign to reach Euro 2012 back on track with a win over Scotland in Prague; and Phoenix and Boston thrill fans as the NHL comes to the Czech capital for the second time.
Jockey Váňa wins Grand Pardubice steeplechase for seventh time at 57
“Thanks to my youthful rashness, Amant Gris almost caught me at the finish. But if I won, I won, that’s the way it is…It’s the seventh time, and I think seven is enough.”
Sunday’s Grand Pardubice steeplechase was the 120th.
Czechs beat Scotland 1:0 in Euro 2012 qualifier in Prague
“For us it was a very difficult game, involving a lot of battling. You could see whenever we lost the ball going forward how hard we fought to get it back; in that way we eliminated fast counterattacks by the Scots. Those three points are hugely important. It was really important, mentally.”
The Czech Republic will be expected to take three more points when they play the minnows of Lichtenstein away on Tuesday in their last European Championship qualifying game this year.
Ice hockey’s NHL came to the Czech Republic for only the second time ever at the weekend
“I think that obviously we played a much better game. We tried to create momentum at least going into the third period in the first game and carried that over into the second game. I think that was the biggest difference: that we came out strong. We were creating a lot of chances, we were putting a lot of pressure on them, and didn’t give them much time to do anything. Eventually we got rewarded. It was 0:0 for a long time, but eventually we scored and pretty much from that time we were totally controlling the game.”