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The Slovak expedition will not have medal challenges at the European athletics expeditions. In Munich, he will present himself with a rejuvenated selection with 11 newcomers. The championship will last from Monday, August 15 to Sunday, August 21.
18 Slovak representatives were nominated for the 25th European Championship, three less than four years ago in Berlin. “The team is significantly rejuvenated. When we were strong, we did not hide the fact that we were going for a medal. Even now we try to have realistic expectations, the goal is at least one final. If we succeed, anything can happen.” announced SAZ head coach Martin Pupiš on the grounds of the Slovak Athletics Association.
In Berlin 2018, Slovakia won one silver medal thanks to Matej Tóth in the 50 km walk. The candidate for the best position in the Bavarian capital this time is not clear.
The sprinter Ján Volko, who will present himself at the third EC, and the semi-finalist from the Olympic Games in Tokyo in the 400 m hurdles have higher needs. Emma Zapletalová. However, the preparation of both was marked by health complications. The European under-23 champion from last year did not even appear at the July WC in Eugene, although she met the limit.
“We have several leaders. Emma’s form is a bit of a puzzle, but I believe that she and her coach are experienced enough to cope with the situation. The leader group also includes the pedestrian Miroslav Úradník, who is in 7th place in the European tables.” reminded Pupiš.
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In the history of continental championships, independent Slovakia won six precious metals with a record of (1-4-1). Gold in Barcelona 2010 was won by hammer thrower Libor Charfreitag, silver was won by hammer thrower Martina Hrašnová in Helsinki 2012, Zurich 2014 and walker Matej Tóth on the 50 km course in Zurich and Berlin 2018. The bronze in the collection from Barcelona 2010 is Lucia Klocová in running
The championship in Munich will be special, as it is exceptionally held in the same year as the WC. For the athletes, Eugene was a priority, some of them could take advantage of the failures at the WC at several times.
Above all, the world record holder in the 400 m hurdles. Karsten Warholm from Norway, who ran in Eugene after a thigh muscle injury and in the final “stiffened up” on the final slope and ended up without a medal. The current Olympic champion in the 100, Marcello Jacobs from Italy, is in a similar situation, but his health problems persist and his start is still questionable.
The home Germans are impatiently waiting to see in what form their biggest athletic star will appear, Malaika Mihambová, the gold medalist from Tokyo in the distance, tested positive for the coronavirus right before the EC. The highlight of the championship could be the next performance of pole vaulter Armand Duplantis. The Swede showed in Eugene that he has tremendous form when he improved the world record to 620 cm.
Program of EC disciplines in Munich with Slovak participation:
Monday, August 15
10.40: 100 m men – heats (Ján Volko)
11.05: 100 m women – heats (Victoria Forsterová)
19.00: 400 m men – heats (Šimon Bujna)
Tuesday, August 16
8.30: men’s and women’s 35 km walk (Miroslav Úradník, Michal Morvay, Ema Hačundová)
12.15: women’s hammer – qualification (Veronika Kaňuchová)
12.25: 400 m men – semis
20.05: 100 m men – semis
20.35: 100 m women – semis
22.15: 100 m men – final
22.25: 100 m women – final
Wednesday, August 17
11.05: 400 m cross. men – starts (Martin Kučera, Matej Baluch)
11.40: 400 m cross. women’s – starts (Emma Zapletalová, Daniela Ledecká)
21.05: women’s hammer – final
21.43: 400 m men – final
Thursday, August 18
11.25: 400 m cross. men – semis
11.55: 400 m cross. women – semis
12.30: 200 m men – heats (Volko)
20.13: 200 m men – semis
Friday, August 19
11.10: 4 x 400 m men – heats
21.20: 200 m men – final
21.45: 400 m cross. women’s – final
22.00: 400 m cross. men – final
Saturday, August 20
8.30: 20 km men’s walk (Dominik Cerny)
10.15: 20 km women’s walk (Hana Burzalová)
20.43: 100 m cross. women’s – starts (Forster)
21.15: 4×400 m men – final
Sunday, August 21
19.10: 100 m relay. women – semis
20.45: 100 m cross. women’s – final