The four-time world champion Adam Ondra advanced to the eight-member final as the fifth, but he himself says that if he wants a medal, he has to take more risks, especially in his favorite climbing on difficulty.
One opponent has already dropped out of Ondra, the Frenchman Bassa Mawem, with whom he was supposed to compete in the first round of speed climbing at 10:30 CEST, he will not continue due to injury. However, his younger brother Mickaël remains in the game, who won the qualification. Other favorites are home Tomoa Narasaki and Austrian Jakob Schubert, the last two world champions.
|Czech Olympic participation on Thursday in Tokyo:|
|0:30 Women’s Golf – Round 2: Spilková|
|1:15 swimming – 10 km – finish: Kozubek|
|2:00 athletics – decathlon men: Helcelet, Sýkora|
|3:26 speed canoeing – K2 1000 m men – semifinal: Dostál, Šlouf|
|9:30 modern pentathlon fencing: Kuf, Vlach|
|10:30 sport climbing – final: Ondra|
|22:30 athletics – walking 50 km men: Gdula, Hlaváč|
Spilková started the competition of golfers in style and will go to the second round from the divided seventh place with the result two shots under par. He loses three shots to Sweden’s leader Madelene Sagström. World number one Nelly Kordová from the USA shares the second place with a gap of one shot.
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He got, after a disappointment in the singles, trying to get the medal out of the debacle. The second step in this fight, ie advancing to the semifinals, was successful for him, in a pair with Radek Šlouf. In the semifinal race, the Czech national team finished in fourth place and will finish the finals at 5:55 CET.
The modern pentathlete Jan Kuf and Martin Vlach will complete the basic round in fencing, the main program will be on Saturday. While Vlach is an Olympic rookie, his more experienced colleague has already had a not very successful start in Rio de Janeiro, where he did not finish the course. He would certainly like a scenario similar to that of his former colleague from the relay, David Svoboda, when he celebrated gold in London four years after the spoiled course in Beijing.
Kuf has a bronze medal from the 2014 World Cup, this June he was thirteenth in Cairo, which opened the door to Tokyo. Vlach qualified for the European Championships two years ago thanks to bronze. He missed this year’s first peak of the season due to a shoulder injury. The favorite is the Hungarian Ádám Marosi, who was already bronze in London, and this year at the age of 36 he won the title of world champion.
The decathlon is waiting for the second five disciplines. After the first, Adam Sebastian Helcelet is seventeenth and Jiří Sýkora two places behind him. He is led by Canadian Damian Warner and has a chance to attack at 9000 points.
Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games
2021 Olympic Games with designation Tokyo 2020 are in progress from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The Summer Olympics are held without spectators and there are 115 Czech athletes in action. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the Czechs won ten medals (one gold, two silver and seven bronzes).
Long-distance swimmer Matěj Kozubek was sixteenth at the last World Championships in Korea on the ten-kilometer track, it was not so famous in Tokyo. The Prague native finished the race in the first discipline of the thirteenth Olympic day in an unflattering 24th place, the last of all the participants who finished the race.
German swimmer Florian Wellbrock climbs out of the water after the 10 km Olympic swimming race.
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Kozubek will have to get up, because due to the heat, the race in Odaiba Marine Park starts at 6:30 Japanese time. Similarly, a day later, pedestrians Lukáš Gdula and Vít Hlaváč will be on their way, who will set off on a 50-kilometer track in Sapporo even an hour earlier.
|XXXII. Tokyo Summer Olympics:|
|Beach volleyball – semifinal:|
|Ross, Klineman (USA) – Vergé-Dépré, Heidrichová (Switzerland) 2: 0 (12, 11),|
|Artachová, Clancyová (Austr.) – Graudinová, Kravčenoková (Lot.) 2: 0 (21, 13).|
|Long distance swimming|
|Men – 10 km:|
|1. Wellbrock (DEU) 1: 48: 33.7|
|2. Rasovszky (Hungarian) 1: 48: 59.0|
|3. Paltrinieri (It.) 1:49:01,|
|4. To give birth (Prov.) 1: 49: 24,9|
|5. Kynigakis (Deut.) 1: 49: 29.2|
|6. Olivier (Fr.) 1: 50: 23.0|
|7. Weertman (Niz.) 1: 51: 30,8|
|8. McGlynn (JAR) 1:51:32,7,|
|…24. Kozubek (CZE) 2: 01: 52.1|
|Germany – India 4: 5 (3: 3)|