On Friday July 14, the World Swimming Championships will begin in Fukuoka, Japan. The Czech swimmers today presented their impressions, form and goals ahead of the championship, which will last until July 30, at a press conference ahead of their flight to Asia today. The Czech Swimming Sports Association sends ten representatives to Japan, four men and six women. Czech colors will be represented in three sports, pool, distance and synchronized swimming
Ten swimmers will represent the Czech Republic in Japan
The situation related to the regulations put in place due to the spread of the coronavirus has led to the holding of three swimming world championships in three years. Last June the championship was held in Budapest, next February the world championships will start in Doha, and this year the world’s swimming elite will meet in Fukuoka, Japan.
Ten athletes travel to Asia to represent the Czech Republic. Two pool swimmers and two pool swimmers, the same number of cross-country swimmers and two synchronized swimming representatives were nominated. The first half of the championship will belong to endurance and synchronized swimmers. The swimmers in the pool will go into action and from Sunday July 23.
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KUBOVA Simona (24/08/1991)
SEEMANOVA Barbora (1/4/2000)
FRANTA Tomas (18/04/1998)
Gracik Daniel (10/15/2004)
Coach: Petra Skabova
Alena BENEŠOVÁ (April 16, 1998)
STĚRBOVÁ Lenka (8/8/1994)
MAPI Martin (12/11/2000)
ZACH Ondrej (July 28, 1995)
Coach: Jan SRB
Karolina KLUSKOVA (04/28/2002)
MRÁZKOVÁ Aneta (November 20, 2000)
Coach: Aleksandra YERMAKOVA
The most experienced member of the Czech team is Simona Kubová, who is already preparing directly in Japan. Her colleague in Japan will be Barbora Seemanová, who she says has had a tough week behind her, and after arriving in Japan she is already waiting for the final tune-up. “I would definitely be happy with a new personal best, because it would guarantee me a ticket to the final. I wouldn’t give it to the girls for free there. Outside of the competition pool, I’m looking forward to experiencing Japanese cuisine , and also to know their culture a little more than during the Olympic Games”, she said Barbora Seemanova in a press release.
Seeman is the most anticipated in Fukuoka. The 2021 European 200-meter freestyle champion returns to Japan two years after the Tokyo Olympics, where she qualified for the final by finishing sixth.
Similar to Seemanová, another pool swimmer who goes to the championship to beat his personal best, Tomáš Franta, looks forward to Japanese cuisine. “I’m really looking forward to being in Japan. I’m looking forward to the food, the ramen”, he admitted Tomas Franta during a press conference his love for traditional Japanese soup.
Tomáš Frant’s roommate and racing colleague will be eighteen-year-old Daniel Gracík, who, despite having already finished the world championship in the short pool in Melbourne last year, will have his big first in the swimming pool of fifty meters and in full competition. .
The Czech Republic will be in irons in long distance and synchronized swimming
Lenka Štěrbová and Alena Benešová, who will be among the cross-country swimmers, already have experience of world competitions, as they regularly participate in world championships. Ondřej Zach made his first World Championship appearance a year ago. Martin Straka will make his first tenure among the elite.
In Fukuoka, two representative women will compete under the Czech flag in synchronized swimming. Karolína Klusková and Aneta Mrázková have not been absent from the world championship since 2019. The top Czech pairing has produced several high-quality performances this year, and Klusková and Mrázková took tenth and fourteenth places at the European Games in June in Poland.
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