Runners are the greatest Czech hopes for the World Championships of Classics

Updates: 23.02.2021 11:55

Prague – Cross-country skiers should be most visible from the Czech expedition to the World Championships in classic skiing. Twenty-five competitors are heading to Oberstdorf, Germany – twelve runners, eight jumpers and five allies.

The championship will start in unusually warm weather on Wednesday with the qualifications of runners and jumpers, and the first sets of medals will be handed out a day later. The almost two-week marathon of the races will culminate on Sunday, March 7, traditionally with a 50 km runner’s race.

The World Cup returns to the German center after 16 years and the Czechs have unique memories of 2005. Kateřina Neumannová then celebrated gold in the top ten with free technique, the jumper Jakub Janda won silver and bronze, and runners Dušan Kožíšek and Martin Koukal won bronze at the premiere of the doubles sprint.

This time, any medal result would be a sensation, but placing in the top ten is realistic. The runner Kateřina Razýmová in particular thinks about the fight with the top. “The best chance will be in the top ten. She definitely has the form to fight for it,” said women’s coach Jan Franc. “If someone else in the top 20 joined her, it would be a great success. I would consider it a successful championship,” he added.

In addition to Razýmová, Kateřina Janatová and Tereza Beranová will try to break through, especially in sprints. Petra Hynčicová and Petra Nováková will also perform at the World Championships.

Michal Novák is doing well among men this year. The team includes Luděk Šeller, Jan Pechoušek, Ondřej Černý, Adam Fellner, Petr Knop and Jonáš Bešťák. “We are looking at at least one place for the tenth place, that would be fantastic,” said coach Vasil Husák. He mainly had Novák in mind and also hoped for a final in the doubles team sprint. “I would be thrilled to be in sixth place, but everything has to come together with happiness.”

The running track can stir up a lot with the weather. After the frosts came warming and in Oberstdorf it is currently up to 18 degrees. “It makes something extremely demanding and dirty out of the snow,” Husák said, and Franc added: “In these conditions, the lighter the better. Katce might suit it, but it will also depend on the skis.”

On the bridges, more is expected from women, who will jump on the big bridge for the first time, than from men. “The women’s team has better results in the season and due to the very young age of all, it will be mainly for them to gain valuable experience at top events,” said the head of the jumpers Jakub Janda in a press release.

Especially twenty-three-year-old Karolína Indráčková and sixteen-year-old Klára Ulrichová could improve the Czech maximum, which is 27th place by Michaela Doleželová from the premiere jump competition at the World Championships in Liberec in 2009. Eighteen-year-old Štěpánka Ptáčková and 16-year-old Veronika Jenčová are also nominated.

For the first time in fourteen years, Roman Koudelka, who underwent knee ligament plastics at the beginning of February, will be missing from the championship. The Czechs will jump in the composition of Viktor Polášek, Čestmír Kožíšek, Filip Sakala and Vojtěch Štursa.

The associates ride in the line-up of Tomáš Portyk, Ondřej Pažout, Jan Vytrval and Lukáš Daněk, and at the premiere of women at the World Championships, 16-year-old Tereza Koldovská will also perform.

Norwegians are among the favorites in practically all disciplines. Halvor Egner Granerud, Jarl Magnus Riiber’s reunions, rules the bridges this season. Although the Norwegians missed most of the SP in the trail, Therese Johaugová and Johannes Klaeb are expected to dominate, but the Russian Alexander Bolshunov has so far been the sovereign of winter.

Program of the World Championships in classic skiing in Oberstdorf:

Wednesday, February 24:

12:30 5 km freestyle women – qualification,

14:30 10 km freestyle men – qualification,

18:00 women’s middle bridge jumps – qualification.

Thursday, February 25:

12:45 sprint classic men and women – qualification,

15:15 sprint classic men and women – final,

17:00 jumps middle bridge women.

Friday, February 26:

10: 15/16: 00 Nordic combined men (middle bridge + 10 km),

17:15 jumps team women

20:30 jumps middle bridge men – qualification.

Saturday, February 27:

10: 00/15: 30 nordic women’s combination (middle bridge + 5 km)

11:45 skiathlon 15 km women,

13:30 skiathlon 30 km men,

16:30 jumps middle bridge men.

Sunday, February 28:

10: 00/15: 00 Nordic combined team men,

11:00 sprint doubles freestyle men and women – qualification.

13:00 sprint doubles freestyle men and women – final,

17:00 jumps mixed teams.

Monday, March 1:

free day.

Tuesday, March 2:

13:15 10 km freestyle women,

18:00 women’s big bridge jumps – qualification.

Wednesday, March 3:

13:15 15 km freestyle men,

17:15 jumps big bridge women.

Thursday, March 4:

11: 00/15: 15 Nordic combined men (big bridge + 10 km),

13:15 relay 4×5 km women,

17:30 jumps big bridge men – qualification.

Friday, March 5:

13:15 relay 4×10 km men,

17:00 jumps big bridge men.

Saturday, March 6:

10: 00/15: 00 nordic combination sprint doubles men

12:30 30 km classic women,

17:00 men’s team jumps.

Sunday, March 7:

13:00 50 km classic men.

Source: České noviny – sport by

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