In Sports News this week: Zdeněk Štybar finishes second in the Cyclo-cross World Championships in Italy; Milan Baroš is hoping a move to Portsmouth will mean regular first-team action ahead of football’s European Championship; Athens silver medallist in yachting Lenka Šmídová this week has one last chance to reach the Beijing Olympics; and the Czech Republic’s lady’s tennis team are preparing to face Slovakia in the Fed Cup in Brno.
Silver for Štybar in first senior Cyclo-cross World Championships
“Unfortunately I didn’t manage to keep up with Lars when he attacked at the end…I tried in the last three or four laps but it didn’t work out. I thought I’d see if my legs were up to it, but I wasn’t able to break away. When Lars made his break I was in the middle of a group and I didn’t manage to go with him.”
Zdeněk Štybar wasn’t the only Czech to make a good impression in Treviso – Radomír Šimůnek came fifth.
Baroš has big week ahead after loan move to Portsmouth
Last chance saloon for Šmídová’s Olympic hopes
It will also be a big week for some of the Czech Republic’s leading sports women. Lenka Šmídová took silver in yachting at the Olympics in Athens, but is now fighting to even qualify for the Beijing games. In fact, Šmídová and her new partner Lenka Mrzílková this week have their last chance to reach Beijing at the World Championships in Melbourne, where there are five Olympic places up for grabs.
Czech women preparing for Fed Cup clash with Slovakia in Brno
Meanwhile, a Czech women’s tennis team featuring Nicole Vaidišová, Lucie Šafářová, Květa Peschke and Petra Cetkovská will take on their former federal sisters Slovakia in Brno in the Fed Cup’s World Group II next weekend.