Czech Indoor Athletics Championships, February 18, 2023 in Ostrava. Amálie Švábíková won the pole vault.
Ostrava – Amálie Švábíková broke the indoor Czech pole vault record. At the national championship in Ostrava, with a performance of 472 centimeters, she improved by a centimeter the performance of Jiřina Svobodová (now Kudličková) from 2014. Two weeks before the European Indoor Championships in Istanbul, she ranked third in this year's European tables.
The Švabíks are doing well in Ostrava. At the Czech Indoor Gala in early February, she improved her indoor personal record to 457 centimeters. Today, she jumped 462 centimeters for the first time, thereby moving her absolute personal best from last year's Zlatá tretra by two centimeters.
Then she had ten centimeters more adjusted on the racks and was successful the third time. She rejoiced and cried with happiness, but also felt reservations in the record attempt. “He was definitely not close to perfection. There are still a lot of mistakes, especially on the ground during the run-up, which I stretch a lot and then I am very close to the rebound,” said Štěpána Janáček's ward in an interview on the field. “It can be seen that we are going the right way,” she praised.
She hasn't even had time to think much about her ambitions for the European Indoor Championships yet. “I would like to reach the finals and perform a similar performance there,” noted Švábíková. So far this year, only the Slovenian Tina Šutejová (482), the bronze medalist from last year's HMS in Belgrade, and the reigning European outdoor champion Wilma Murtová (475) from Finland have jumped higher this year.
After five years, sprinter Zdeněk Stromšík improved his personal record in the 60s, with a performance of 6.59, he came one hundredth closer to the Czech record of František Ptáčník from 1987. “I never expected that I could run this fast,” he said after the best performance in the history of the republic's championships. He definitely ensured participation in the WC. The second elite Czech sprinter, Jan Veleba, did not start at the national championship because he was slightly injured during the warm-up.
The last race before defending the indoor European title was won by shot putter Tomáš Staněk, who secured his fifth domestic title with a performance of 21.43. Denisa Pešová won the high jump competition, who improved her personal record to 185 centimeters and beat Michaela Hruba thanks to a better record. She then finished third in the triple jump with a performance of 12.82, which was not enough for the pair of Emma Maštalířová and Veronika Skalická.
The 60-meter hurdles race ended in pain for former European indoor champion Petr Svoboda. He won in a below-average time of 7.73 seconds, having visible problems at the end. He just waved his hand as he ran through the finish line and then fell to the ground with a grimace of pain due to a muscle injury. His participation at the peak of the season is at risk.
Results of the Czech Indoor Athletics Championship
60 m: 1. Stromšík (SSK Vítkovice) 6.59 , 2. Koška (Dukla Praha) 6.70, 3. Jarolímek (SK Jeseniova) 6.72.
3000 m: 1. Vích (Dukla Praha) 8:05.59, 2. Habarta ( Slovak Slavia Uherské Hradiště) 8:11.55, 3. Hřebačka (Hodonín) 8:15.01.
60 m front: 1. Svoboda (Olymp Prague) 7.73, 2. Ryba (Dukla Prague) 7.81, 3. Schubert (Jablonec nad Nisou) 7.95.
Triple jump: 1. Halátek (Sokol Opava) 15.20, 2. Kubát (Dukla Prague) 15.03, 3. Veselý (USK Provod Ústí nad Labem) 14.76.
Ball: 1: Staněk (USK Prague) 21.43, 2. Walk (TEPO Kladno) 17.45, 3. J. Forejt (Škoda Plzeň) 17.17.
60 m: 1. Maňasová (SSK Vítkovice) 7.36, 2. Kožuškaničová 7.38, 3. Sobotková (both USK Prague) 7.46.
3000 m: 1. Kouřilová (Moravská Slavia Brno) 9:38.25 , 2. Žáková (Lokomotiva Beroun) 9:39.04, 3. Lampová (Sokol Opava) 9:40.78.
60 m front: 1. Jiranová (USK Praha) 8.23, 2. Šínová (Atletika Jižní Město) 8.25, 3. Vokálova (Dukla Prague) 8.25.
Triple jump: 1. Maštalířová (Dukla Prague), 2. Skalická (Slavia Prague) both 13, 07, 3. Hrubá (USK Prague) 12.82.
Height: 1. Pešová (USK Prague), 2. Hrubá both 185, 3. Krejčiříková (Olymp Brno) 182.
< Pole: 1. A. Švábíková (USK Prague) 472 - Czech record, 2. Pražáková (Sokol Kolí n) 410, 3. Pöschlová (TEPO Kladno) 400.