In Sports News this Monday: reigning champion Lukáš Bauer comes ninth in the first meeting of this season’s cross country skiing World Cup, though he does rather better as part of the Czech relay team; figure skater Tomáš Verner finishes second in a Grand Prix event in Moscow; Barbora Špotáková takes the IAAF award for female performance of the year for her javelin world record; Slavia Prague are eight points clear at the top of the Czech football league; and 19-year-old striker Tomáš Necid now has 11 goals in 15 games.
Reigning champ Bauer ninth in first event of 2008-2009 cross country skiing World Cup
“It was a great race. It’s a bit of a pity that Lukáš lost his position on the final hill and finished eighth, so we were a bit behind. But in the final lap Dušan Kožíšek gave a great performance – he showed he will be real competition for Martin Koukal in terms of finishing, because he put in an excellent race.”
Javelin record earns IAAF female performance of year award for Špotáková
Czech athlete of the year and Olympic javelin champion Barbora Špotáková received another award at the glitzy IAAF World Athletics Gala in Monte Carlo on Saturday night: her record-breaking throw of 72.28 m earned Špotáková the prize for female performance of the year, which she shares with the Ethiopian long-distance runner Tirunesh Dibaba.
Verner comes second in Moscow figure skating event
Slavia Prague eight points clear as Necid (19) makes it 11 goals in 15 league games
Czechs take silver and bronze in “footballtennis” world championships
The Czech Republic took silver and bronze medals at the world championships in the sport of nohejbal in the central Bohemian town of Nymburk on Sunday. Nohejbal is translated as “footballtennis”, and features players on each side of a tennis court trying to keep a football in play using their feet and heads.