European Athletics Indoor Championships in Istanbul, men's 60 meters, March 4, 2023. Henrik Larsson of Sweden, second from left.
Istanbul – Sprinter Zdeněk Stromšík failed at the European Indoor Championships in the 60-meter run. At the championship in Istanbul, he ran his worst time of the year, 6.79 seconds, which was not enough for the semi-finals. He was two tenths short of his performance from the indoor championship of the Republic, where he came one hundredth closer to František Ptáčník's long-standing Czech record.
In the absence of the injured Jan Veleba, Stromšík was the only Czech representative in the 60s. He did not follow the procedures of his representative colleagues on Friday. In the opening run, he took sixth place out of seven participants in a sub-average time. “I can't believe my eyes, that's bad. I apologize to everyone who had any hope in me,” Stromšík told Czech Television. He searched in vain for an explanation for his failure.
Ondřej Kopecký has completed the first two disciplines of the heptathlon. The top event debutant clocked 7.09 seconds in the 60, three hundredths short of his personal best, and then added 736 centimeters to the distance, 11 centimeters short of his best. With 1751 points, he ranks eighth.
The fight for a medal ended prematurely for one of the favourites, the reigning world indoor vice-champion Simon Ehammer. The 23-year-old Swiss had three missteps in the distance, which is his strongest discipline. During the third rescue attempt, he flew eight meters, but missed by seven and a half centimeters. The Estonian Hans-Christian Hausenberg is leading, and thanks to the gain of 1945 points, he has an almost hundred-point advantage over the favored Frenchman Kévin Mayer.
Vícebojar is still waiting for a toss of balls this morning.