In Sports News: world javelin champion Barbora Spotakova is named Czech Athlete of the Year for the first time; world speed skating champion Martina Sablikova wins her first World Cup race of the season; Czech footballer Radek Sirl scores the goal that seals the Russian league title for Zenit St Petersburg; and Czech league leaders Slavia Prague drop two points at Zizkov after conceding a goal in time added on.
Athlete of Year award crowns great year for world javelin champion Spotakova
“It’s the peak of what has been a successful season for me. It’s great, and not something that happens every day. I’m aware of all the people around me who train so hard, it’s a lot of people, and I’m lucky enough to win the World Championships…I won’t be Athlete of the Year again, it’s a one off, and it means a lot to me, definitely.”
Speed skater Sablikova gets World Cup season off to winning start despite injury
Sirl goal wins Russian title for Zenit St Petersburg
Footballer Radek Sirl may be little known in his home country, but the Czech midfielder made a big impression on the Russian league at the weekend. He scored the only goal of the game as Zenit St Petersburg beat Saturn MO 1:0, with that win securing the Russia title for Zenit for the first time in 23 years. Sirl’s success came at the expense of fellow Czechs Radoslav Kovac and Martin Jiranek, whose Spartak Moscow finished second in the league.