Slovak medal hopes go with weapons and paddles – Summer Olympic Games 2020 (Tokyo) – Sports


In the end, however, they decided to present themselves again under five circles. Although the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are a year late and will be different from its predecessors, it is still the culmination of many years of effort. Which Slovak trump cards will you see on it?

Filip Polášek and Lukáš Klein

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Filip Polášek Filip Polášek at the Australian Open grand slam tournament.

Do you like stories? The one in the main role with tennis player Filip Polášek (pictured) is full of twists, pains and joys. The doubles specialist, who will perform alongside Lukáš Klein in the doubles in Tokyo – could divide his career into three different five-year-olds. In 2008, he won his first ATP titles.

Five years later, he interrupted his career for five seasons due to injury. “I tried everything, but nothing helped. In the end, I had no choice and I had to interrupt my career, “Polášek mentioned problems with the record.

Because of her, nothing started to tingle in his leg out of nowhere, so he had to exchange a professional carousel for training with children. He returned to the courts three years ago. He found a great partner, Ivan Dodig, and together they reached the top – in 2019 they were in the semifinals of Wimbledon, this year the Grand Slam Australian Open.

“It’s a great success, but on the other hand, bread won’t be cheaper tomorrow. There are many dreams and four grand slams. There is no need to worry about motivation, “said the first Slovak with a grand slam title.

Quadruple

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Erik Vlček Six-time Olympian Erik Vlček.

It has not yet happened that Slovakia will return from the Olympic Games without catching at least one precious metal from the water (smooth and wild). From Atlanta to Rio, boaters brought great joy to their compatriots.

Even at the Seventh Olympics in a row, Slovaks should paddle for life and medals. The most successful team under the five circles is a quadruple with two silver medals (2008 and 2016) and one bronze medal (2004). Erik Vlček was also with all the successes.

The 39-year-old native of Komárno is preparing for the Sixth Olympics. In Tokyo, he will become a Slovak recorder in this regard. However, he does not go to the Japanese capital just because of this registration or not even on a trip.

“We want to get another precious metal,” Vlcek told Pravde. His collection lacks the most valuable metal. We will see if, together with the young rifles Samuel Baláž, Denis Myšák and Adam Botek, they will end the waiting of the Slovak four-seater for golden success.

Matej Beňuš

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Matej Benuš Matej Beňuš during the final race in the C1 category at the Slovak water slalom championships.

It is difficult to find a man in the current Slovak Olympic team who has more competition at home. Matej Beňuš had to outperform the talented Marek Mirgorodský, the water slalom legend Michal Martikán and the holder of dozens of medals from the World and European Championships, Alexander Slafkovsky, in his internal qualification.

Beňuš managed it for the second time in a row. “Slovak qualification? Harder than the Olympic races, “admitted Beňuš. He traveled to Rio five years ago with medal ambitions. Goals and reality are sometimes two different things. However, the thirty-three-year-old Bratislavan cut both to the silver point.

“I have been dreaming about medals from the Olympics since I was a child. Nobody will take it from me anymore, “Beňuš rejoiced. In the Japanese capital, he can continue in an exceptional Slovak series in the C1 men’s category.

At each of the six Olympics in which Slovakia participated in the era of independence, it won a medal – thanks to Martikán five (two gold and silver, one bronze) and Benuša one (silver). “It will not be the same without the audience. It will be a completely different race. Unfortunately, we have to come to terms with that, “found Beňuš, one of the negatives of the silver defense.

Archers

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Zuzana Rehák- Štefečeková Sports shooter Zuzana Rehák-Štefečeková during a media meeting with the adepts of the start of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

It is not often that Slovakia has a medal iron in most Olympic disciplines within one sport. Sport shooting is an exception to the rule. Danka Barteková is a great skateboarder.

The proof is the bronze nine years ago in London and the excellent current form. Juraj Tužinský also has a solid chance in a 10-meter air pistol. The reigning European champion from Osijek also grinds his teeth on precious metal from under five circles. The strongest branch of Slovak shooting is trap.

Erik Varga is a three-time European and world champion, but he always missed the precious metal at the Olympics – he finished ninth in Beijing, twelfth in London, and opened third in Rio. Best in the end, they say. Zuzana Rehák Štefečeková won silver medals in Beijing and London, which she was very happy about.

“I met my expectations and the expectations of the public,” she admitted to the website of the Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee. He also has medal goals this year. And not only in individual races, but also in a mix with Varga. Three years ago, they won gold together at the European Championships and the World Championships.

Matej Tóth

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Matej Tóth Matej Tóth, a successful representative in athletics – walking during training at Štrbské pleso.

The last 50 years of Choddy in the year, career and probably also in Olympic history. The longest athletic discipline under five circles is in Tokyo due to a new sports trend – to accelerate, shorten, attract. And with her Matej Tóth. “Yes, it’s like that. It will be my last race in my career, “the native of Nitra doubled several times.

The 38-year-old athletic legend will defend gold in Japan five years ago in Rio. His golden “sprint” in the final kilometers through the then leading Australian Jared Tallent went down in history as the most beautiful moment of Slovak athletics.

“My heart, thoughts of loved ones, spectators and the power of the moment took hold of me. I went beyond my means, “Tóth described winning the first athletic gold for Slovakia from the Olympics. He was at the peak of his strength in Rio, a difficult five years of what he took. The biggest cause of deviation in the biological passport, due to which he had to interrupt his career in 2017.

He repeated several times that he had never used doping, and his words were confirmed by the competent ones. “They, the experts and the lie detector, proved me right,” Tóth said. How will the Olympic, world champion and two-time European vice-champion complete his career?


Source: Pravda.sk – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.

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