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
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.

Biography[edit]

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]

Outdoor
  • 100 m 10.36 (15 June 2013, Tábor, Czech Republic)
  • 200 m 20.49 NR (13 July 2013, Tampere, Finland)
  • 400 m 44.79 NR (11 May 2014, Doha, Quatar)
Indoor
  • 200 m 21.33 (20 February 2011, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 400 m 45.24 NR (8 March 2014, Sopot, Poland)[3]

References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Germany David Storl
Men's European Athletics Rising Star of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
Serbia Emir Bekrić