In Sports News this Monday: Czech pole vault record holder Kateřina Baďurová leaves it late to qualify for the Olympics; Barbora Špotáková is looking good ahead of Beijing after a Grand Prix win in Athens; young Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger remains with the leading pack in the Tour de France – and third overall in the under 25 category; and a knee injury does for Tomáš Berdych in the final of tennis’s Swedish Open.
Baďurová makes Czech team for Beijing at first meet since surgery
Pole vaulter Kateřina Baďurová has succeeded in qualifying for the Olympics in Beijing, less than a month before they get underway. Baďurová, the Czech record holder and a silver medalist at last year’s World Championships, made the Czech team with a jump of 435 cm in Plzeň on Sunday at her first meet since undergoing knee surgery at the start of the year. She actually reached what is called the B Limit, but that was enough to win a ticket to Beijing after the pole vaulter already in the frame pulled out due to pregnancy. Kateřina Baďurová:
“It was my third jump and you could see I was kind of all over the place. I didn’t really see either my run or the pole properly. But I’m very glad it worked out. Now I have a month in front of me to work on my technique, to work hard and to try to make my levels a bit more consistent.”