In Sports News this week: speed skater Martina Sáblíková is named Czech Sportsperson of the Year and takes bronze from the European Championships in Russia; Sparta Prague ice hockey club are also in action in Russia, losing in the final of the Super Six European club competition to Magnitogorsk; Nicole Vaidišová advances to the second round of the Australian Open with ease; and Petr Čech comes out on top in the battle of the Czech goalkeepers in the Premier League.
Speed skater Sáblíková named Czech Sportsperson of the Year
In what was the closest poll of Czech sports journalists in the 49-year history of the award, she finished just ahead of world javelin champion Barbora Špotáková and slalom world champion Šárka Záhrobská. Martina Sáblíková couldn’t attend the ceremony as she was competing in Russia, but second-placed Barbora Špotáková described the atmosphere:
Barbora Špotáková was one of five world champions on the ten-name shortlist for Czech Sportsperson of the Year, and also one of the five women in contention.
Martina Sáblíková is now on her way back from Russia’s Kolomna, where she came first in the 3,000 and 5,000 metres and took the bronze in the four-discipline category at the speed skating European championships.
Sparta Prague lose in final of ice hockey European club competition
Vaidišová eases into second round at Australian Open
Čech triumphs in Premier League battle of the Czech goalkeepers
There was Czech interest in Saturday’s English Premier League game between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, with both teams featuring goal-keepers from this part of the world. It was Petr Čech who came out on top: he kept a clean sheet as the Blues put two goals past Radek Černý in the Spurs goal. Former Slavia Prague man Černý has been an understudy at Tottenham for three years but has recently received considerable media attention since replacing Paul Robinson. However, he says he has been told his contract will not be renewed in the summer.