Sports News 8.4.2019

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Slavia stay seven points clear after demolition of Dukla

Dukla Prague – Slavia Prague, photo: ČTK / Vít Šimánek

Slavia Prague remain seven points clear in the Czech football league with
only three rounds to go in the regular season. Slavia travelled across the
capital on Saturday to take on Dukla and made light work of their local
rivals as they ran out 5:1 winners.

The leaders had effectively sealed all three points by going 3:0 up within
22 minutes. Nevertheless manager Jindřich Trpišovský said Slavia had
improved after the interval.

“We weren’t so precise at the start of the game. We lost the ball a
lot. But then we were saved by a wonderful move – that goal really helped
us a lot. Soon we were winning 3:0. Paradoxically, however, our performance
improved in the second half, even though we added fewer goals.”

Slavia will be in action again on Thursday night, when they play host to
Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. The second leg takes
place in London a week later.

Plzeň boss Vrba eyes chances in mini-league to decide title

Slovácko - Viktoria Plzeň, photo: ČTK / Dalibor GlückSlovácko – Viktoria Plzeň, photo: ČTK / Dalibor Glück

Back in the Czech league, second-placed Viktoria Plzeň beat Slovácko 1:0
and manager Pavel Vrba has been talking up their chances of retaining the
title when the top six play one another in a new mini-league to decide the
winners. If the order remains as it is, Plzeň would take on third-placed
Sparta Prague at home, which Vrba has identified as an advantage.

Krpálek gets revenge on Kokauri to take bronze in Turkey

The Czech judo star Lukáš Krpálek won a bronze medal at the Antalya
Grand Prix in Turkey at the weekend. The Olympic champion came third in the
100 kg and over category after beating Ushangi Kokauri of Azerbaijan, who
has proven a thorn in his side and defeated the Czech at the World
Championships among other events. Krpálek had this to say afterwards.

“I’m really pleased that I got him back for the defeat at the World
Championships. But of course I would have preferred to have lost here and
beaten him at the World Championships. This medal brings me a lot of joy.
It was my first start of the season and I’ve already got a medal – so
I’m very satisfied indeed.”

Extraliga playoff semifinals continue

Kometa Brno - Liberec, photo: ČTK / Václav ŠálekKometa Brno – Liberec, photo: ČTK / Václav Šálek

The playoff semifinals in the Czech ice hockey Extraliga are continuing. In
their best-of-seven series Třinec are leading Plzeň 2:1, while in the
other semifinal Liberec are 2:1 up against Kometa Brno. Both series
continue on Monday evening, after the recording of our programme.

Kenya’s Kimeli wins Prague Half Marathon for second year in row

Saturday’s Prague Half Marathon was won by Benard Kimeli. The Kenyan, who
also won last year, set a personal best of 59:07 minutes, which was also
the world’s third best time this year. The women’s race was won in
1:05:44 by Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui, who is Kenyan-born but represents
Kazakhstan. The full Prague Marathon takes place on May 5.

Photo: ČTK / Vít ŠimánekPhoto: ČTK / Vít Šimánek

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