14 athletes will go to the HME, led by the shot putter Staňek, the injured Svoboda is missing

14 athletes will go to the HME, led by the shot putter Staňek, the injured Svoboda is missing

14 athletes will go to the HME, led by pole vaulter Staňek, but Svoboda is injured

Czech Indoor Athletics Championships, February 18, 2023 in Ostrava. Amálie Švábíková won the pole vault.

Prague – 14 Czech representatives will go to the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul. There are seven men and seven women nominated by the national association, the defending champion in shot put Tomáš Staněk is the best hope. The hurdler Petr Svoboda is missing from the team due to an injury, the fourth hurdler Vít Müller, who as a specialist in the 400-meter hurdles gave priority to preparing for the summer season, gave up the nomination. The union informed about the composition of the expedition in a press release. The championship will take place in Turkey from March 2 to 5.

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Thirty-one-year-old Staněk has a complete medal collection from indoor continental championships, he returned with valuable metal from the last three events and won gold two years ago in Toruń. Adept for further success, the Czech record holder is also currently in second place in this year's European tables.

Pole vaulter Amálie Švábíková is third in the European standings after the Czech record of 472 cm at the weekend. Eighth position in the ranking of the best times among European women is held by fourth-place finisher Lada Vondrová, ninth among men is the fresh Czech champion Matěj Krsek, who will make his debut at the HME. Home champion Tereza Petržilková will also appear on Thursday, and Marcela Pírková, Nikola Bendová and seventeen-year-old Gloria Lurdes Manuel will participate in the relay with her and Vondrová.

Like Staněk, the fifth indoor ME miler Filip Sasínek, the bronze medalist in the 1500m from 2017, will go to the fourth start. mile runner Kristiina Mäki and distance runner Radek Juška, who narrowly failed to meet the confirmation performance for the start at the HME, will go to Istanbul. Both will be at the start for the third time, Juška is a silver medalist from the Prague HME from 2015.

Svoboda, a three-time medalist and European indoor champion from 2011, missed the start in Turkey due to a muscle injury he sustained in Saturday's final of the domestic championship in Ostrava.


Men: Zdeněk Stromšík (60 m), Matěj Krsek (400 m), Filip Šnejdr (800 m ,) Filip Sasínek (1500 m), Radek Juška (distance), Tomáš Staněk (shot put), Ondřej Kopecký (heptathlon).

Women: Tereza Petržilková, Lada Vondrová (both 400 m and 4×400 m), Kristiina Mäki (1500 m), Amálie Švábíková (pole), Nikola Bendová, Lurdes Gloria Manuel, Marcela Pírková (all 4×400 m).