In Sports News this Monday: Martina Sáblíková takes her first gold medal at the World Allround Speedskating Championships in Norway; the Czech Republic’s women’s tennis team reach the last four of the Fed Cup for the first time in years, setting up a home tie with the United States for a place in the final; and the Czech ice hockey team suffer a debacle at the Swedish Games.
Sáblíková takes first gold medal at four-event World Allround Speedskating Championships
“Before the competition I of course didn’t expect to win. After the 500 m and the 3000 m on the first day it was like a dream. I slept only four or five hours so I didn’t know what to expect. The 1500 m didn’t go perfectly but then the 5000 m went well. I’m extremely tired. I have to thank my trainer for trying to lift me during the last race – he knew I hadn’t slept.”
Sáblíková already had three world titles to her name in individual competitions, but taking gold at the four-event Allround Speedskating Championships really puts the 21-year-old Czech in a different league.
Czech women reach semi-finals of Fed Cup for first time in many years
“I’m glad the captain gave me such responsibility and that he selected me…I wanted to repay him and I succeeded in doing so. Now all of us are really happy – let’s hope go even further.”
Kvitová and her team-mates now face the USA for a place in the Fed Cup final, and must fancy their chances: April’s meeting will again see the Czechs enjoying home advantage, and if, as expected, the Williams sisters don’t join, the American team will be made up of relatively inexperienced players.