In Sports News this Monday: speed skater Martina Sáblíková takes bronze in the 1,500 metres, bringing the Czech Republic’s medals tally in Vancouver to three; a clash between Alexander Ovechkin and Jaromír Jágr is the key moment as the Czech hockey team lose 4:2 to Russia; Lukáš Bauer comes seventh in the 30 kilometre pursuit; and after dominating ski cross for a decade, Tomáš Kraus fails to make the final the first time the sport is included in the Olympics.
Bronze in 1,500 metres also surprise to Sáblíková
“I didn’t even want to take part in the 1,500 metres because I was afraid how it might affect my performance in the 5,000 metres later. What’s more, there wasn’t much between the competitors and I didn’t imagine I could take the bronze. My trainer’s tactics were great: to do the first two rounds with my hands on my back and race very technically, which worked out. I had a lot of strength left for the final round and I think that was the decider.”
Martina Sáblíková is widely expected to pick up a third medal on Wednesday in her best distance, the 5000 metres.
Clash between Ovechkin and Jágr key moment as Russians beat Czechs 4:2
“I’d prefer to forget about it, but if I hadn’t made that mistake it would have been a completely different game. We went two goals down and it was hard to get back into it, even though we came close. But my mistake decided things. I made a wrong decision. I saw Ovechkin but didn’t see anybody I could pass to…I tried to go past him, but it was a mistake. I made the wrong choice.”
Jágr and Co.’s next game is a last-16 clash with Latvia on Tuesday. If they get through that, their likely opponents in the quarter-finals will be Finland.