In Sports News this Monday: Olympic champion Barbora Špotáková sets a new world record, meaning the Czech Republic now has world records in both men’s and women’s javelin; among the first to congratulate Špotáková is Dana Zátopková, who herself set a world record 50 years ago; the Czech Republic has so far won six golds at the Paralympics and an overall tally of 22 medals; and Tomáš Řepka behaves himself as Sparta Prague beat Brno to stay top of the Czech football league.
Špotáková crowns dream season with new javelin world record
“No athlete will regret that more than me. I was there at World Athletics Finals three times, and three times I won with a new Czech record – and now I’ve even won with a new world record.”
Barbora Špotáková is not the first Czech woman to set a javelin world record. One of her predecessors was the legendary Dana Zátopková, who became a record breaker five decades ago, in 1958:
“It was a great performance. I’m not surprised because the last time I saw Bara throwing, at the Olympics, it was clear she was in great physical and mental form. Her technique was great too. I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for us, because once again we have a world record.”
Six gold among 22 Czech medals so far at Paralympics
Řepka behaves as Sparta beat Brno to maintain lead in league
Later this week they travel to Croatia for a UEFA Cup first round, first leg game against Dinamo Zagreb. Slavia Prague, meanwhile visit Romania’s Vaslui, and Baník Ostrava play host to Spartak Moscow, with police in the city bracing themselves for potential crowd trouble.