Roman Novotny at the Czech indoor championships (Jan Kucharcik/ © Copyright
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Svoboda clocks 7.48 in Prague – Czech indoor champs WRAP

Petr Svoboda’s victory in the 60m Hurdles was the premiere highlight of the Czech national indoor championships over the weekend.

The reigning European indoor bronze medallist produced two continental leading marks, first with a 7.51 in the heats and again with his 7.48 clocking in the final.

In the women’s event, Lucie Škrobáková ran a solid winning time of 8.09 to take her tenth title. She will be defending continental silver in at the European indoor championships in Paris early next month.

Zuzana Hejnová may be competing in either the Pentathlon or the 400m in Paris. She took second behind Škrobáková (8.35 heats, 8.38 final) in the 60m Hurdles and won the 200m in 24.17.

Jirina Ptácníková produced a championships record with a 4.57m clearance in the Pole Vault. She tried to better the national mark with three unsuccessful but promising attempts at 4.67.

High jumper Jaroslav Bába has to be satisfied with a 2.24m clearance, despite a very good second jump at his 2.31m season’s best. Roman Novotný jumped 8.01m in the Long Jump, which put him on the Paris-bound squad as well.

Other weekend highlights included a breathtaking battle in the men’s 60m, with Jan Veleba taking the title in 6.65 ahead of Libor Žilka’s 6.67. In the women’s race, Katerina Cechová and Iveta Mazácová were locked in a dead heat, both clocking 7.37.

European heptathlon leader Roman Šebrle tested his shape in the Shot Put (14.99m), Pole Vault (4.65m) and was part of the winning 4x400m relay team for Dukla Praha club. Pentathlete Eliška Klucinová competed in the 60m Hurdles (8.71 in heats, DNF final), Long Jump (6.20m) and High Jump (1.80m). Barcelona 800m finalist Lenka Masná won the 1500m comfortably in 4:26.62.

There are 17 names on the list for Paris, including pole vaulter Michal Balner, who seriously injured his hand in Donetsk leaving his start doubtful.

Michal Procházka (Czech Athletics Federation) for the IAAF