Petr Svoboda (athlete)

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Petr Svoboda
Petr Svoboda Doha 2010.jpg
Svoboda at the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Doha
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing  Czech Republic
European Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Paris 60 m hurdles
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Torino 60 m hurdles
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Belgrade 60 m hurdles

Petr Svoboda (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛtr̩ ˈsvoboda]; born 10 October 1984 in Třebíč, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech track and field athlete, competing in the sprint hurdles. He currently holds national records in both 110 metres hurdles (13.27, 2010)[1] and 60 metres hurdles (7.44, 2010). On 6 March he won a bronze medal at the 2009 European Indoor Championships in Torino.

Biography[edit]

After breaking the national record for the 110m hurdles, he went to the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona later that year as one of the favourites. However, the gold went to Andy Turner as Svoboda, having led with 30 metres to go, collided badly with a hurdle, and went on to finish in a disappointing 6th place. On 4 March 2011, Svoboda won the gold medal in the 60m hurdles at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships. Although Turner decided against competing, Svoboda beat Frenchman Garfield Darien who has to settle for a second silver to match the one he won in Barcelona.

On 21 September 2012 he married the pole vaulter Jiřina Ptáčníková.[2]

In 2011, Svoboda suffered a heel injury, which interrupted his career for next three years. In May 2014, he announced return to professional athletics.

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2001 World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 26th (q) Long jump 6.71 m
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 36th (h) 100 m 10.79 (wind: +1.5 m/s)
110 m hurdles DNF
2003 European Junior Championships Tampere, Finland 11th (sf) 110 m hurdles 14.60
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain Heptathlon DNF
European U23 Championships Erfurt, Germany 17th (sf) 110 m hurdles 14.19 w (wind: +2.3 m/s)
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 11th (sf) 60 m hurdles 7.80
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 16th (sf) 60 m hurdles 7.81
Olympic Games Beijing, China 14th (sf) 110 m hurdles 13.60
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 3rd 60 m hurdles 7.61
World Championships Berlin, Germany 6th 110 m hurdles 13.38
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 5th 60 m hurdles 7.58
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 6th 110 m hurdles 13.57
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st 60 m hurdles 7.49
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 5th 110 m hurdles 13.63
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 8th 60 m hurdles 7.67
World Championships Beijing, China 23rd (sf) 110 m hurdles 13.67
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 18th (sf) 110 m hurdles 13.67
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 3rd 60 m hurdles 7.53

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Viljoen breaks African record". www.sport24.co.za. 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Tyčkařka Ptáčníková a překážkář Svoboda: Vzali se u Neumannové!" (in Czech). blesk.cz. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 

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