Koulař Staněk will start the season on Tuesday in Turnov, he is also preparing for the Diamond League

Update: 19.05.2023 12:24

Prague – Bowler Tomáš Staněk has had a successful preparation without any health problems. The European indoor vice-champion from the March championship in Istanbul will start the outdoor season on Tuesday at the Ludvík Daňek Memorial in Turnov. Then, before the world championship in Budapest, he should complete another ten or so races, including all four meetings of the Diamond League. He presented the season plan at today’s press conference.

He has not been injured since the bronze at the European Championships in Munich in August. He was already doing well in the hall. In Istanbul, he finished second with an excellent performance of 21.90 meters and won a medal at the fourth HME in a row. “I remember it brilliantly. That performance might have been worthy of gold, but it’s more silver,” he commented on the competition, in which only the Italian Zane Weir (22.06) surpassed him.

The Czech record holder would like to send the ball twenty-two meters again, which he has not managed for five years. Preparation gives him confidence. “I endured all the training sessions, I did some strength and ball training. Now I feel a little more tired than if I had a break, but the foundation I built is more important,” he praised himself.

He also trained without problems last year before the season, but then he injured his ankle in the very first race and, due to complications, he did not manage to get in shape before the World Championships. “But I went straight back to 21 meters and then it was a bronze medal (in Munich). So good for what I’ve been through. I hope I don’t get injured this year,” he said.

He is looking forward to the start of the season in Turnov. “The weather is not usually good there, but now there is a sign that it could be nice. I’m glad that I don’t have to go to the first race of the Diamond League. It’s better to spread out,” said the thirty-one-year-old thrower. “The training indicators were good, but I can’t promise that I will throw 22 and a half. I mainly want to throw well. If the weather is good, then it can fly far,” added Staněk, whose Czech outdoor record is a value of 22.01 meters.

The highlight of the season for him will be the World Championships in Budapest in August, where he, as one of the three Czech athletes in the individual disciplines, is guaranteed to participate. Before that, he will compete against the world’s best in the Diamond League. The first race of the elite series awaits him on June 2 in Florence. He was pleased to be invited to all four races this time. “It’s difficult to push the competitor there. Many of the meetings are for eight people. If you take three Americans, one Brazilian, one New Zealander there, there aren’t many places left. I believe that in terms of management it’s a big problem. For me, it’s just an honor be there,” he said.

This time rounders have all the diamond races in Europe. Stańka therefore does not expect a long journey. “I’m glad they’re close. It doesn’t have such an impact on the return to the training process,” he praised.

Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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