Pavel Maslák

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Pavel Maslák
Pavel Maslák Ostrava 2011.jpg
Pavel Maslák at the 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships in Ostrava
Personal information
Nationality Czech
Born (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 23)
Havířov, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Sport Running
Club ASC Dukla Praha

Pavel Maslák (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpavɛl ˈmaslaːk], born 21 February 1991) is a Czech sprinter who specialises in the 200 metres and 400 metres.[1] Maslák is the first Czech to have run 400 metres under 45 seconds outdoor and under 46 seconds indoor.


Pavel Maslák was born on 21 February 1991 in Havířov, Czechoslovakia. Currently, he is a member of Dalibor Kupka's training group at ASC Dukla Praha.

At the age of 20, Maslák won the 400 m bronze medal at the 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships and was a semi-finalist in the 200 m at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. Next year, he finished fifth in the final of the 400 m at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

In May 2012, Maslák set the Czech record in 400 m. His time of 45.31 cut almost half a second off the time reached by Karel Kolář at the same venue — Rošický Stadium — in 1978.[2] In June 2012, he further improved the record by clocking 45.17 in Turin. At 2012 European Championships, Maslák won 400 m gold medal in a time of 45.24.

At 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Pavel Maslák competed in 400-metre and 200-metre dash. In 400 metres, he advanced from heats by setting a new national and personal best of 44.91 but did not manage to repeat the feat in semi-finals and finished fifth in his run. In 200 metres, Maslák finished fourth in Heat 5 in a time of 20.67 and did not progress further.

In his last race of the 2012 season, Maslák set a national record of 20.59 in 200 metres dash.

At 2013 European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, Pavel Maslák won a gold medal in 400 metres distance. In final, he slashed almost half a second from his personal best, improving it to 45.66. As a part of the Czech 4 x 400 metres relay team, he added a bronze medal.

Personal bests[edit]

  • 100 m 10.46 (23 MAY 2009, Ostrava, Czech Republic)
  • 200 m 20.49 NR (13 July 2013, Tampere, Finland)
  • 400 m 44.79 NR (11 May 2014, Doha, Qatar)
  • 500 m 1:00:35 (03 Aug 2013, Cheb, Czech Republic)
  • 60 m 6.65 (15 Feb 2014, Praha (Stromovka), Czech Republic
  • 200 m 21.33 (20 February 2011, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 400 m 45.24 NR (8 March 2014, Sopot, Poland)[3]
  • 500m 1:00.36 (25 Feb 2014, Praha (O2 Arena), Czech Republic


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
David Storl
Men's European Athletics Rising Star of the Year
Succeeded by
Emir Bekrić