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Šárka Kašpárková

Šárka Kašpárková (Czech pronunciation: [ˈʃaːrka ˈkaʃpaːrkovaː], born 20 May 1971 in Karviná, Czechoslovakia)[1] is a former Czech track and field athlete who specialised in the triple jump.

Šárka Kašpárková
Šárka Kašpárková, Žijeme Londýnem, Brno.jpg
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing  Czech Republic
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Triple jump
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 Athens Triple jump
World Indoor Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Paris Triple jump
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Maebashi Triple jump
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1998 Budapest Triple jump
European Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 1996 Stockholm Triple jump
Silver medal – second place 1998 Valencia Triple jump

She attended her first Summer Olympics in 1992, participating in the high jump. She switched to the triple jump when it was given world championships status and won an Olympic bronze medal in the discipline at the 1996 Atlanta Games. She won another bronze at the 1997 IAAF World Indoor Championships and improved further by becoming the world champion at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics – her winning jump of 15.20 m was the second-farthest ever at the time.

She won both the indoor and outdoor silver medals at the European Athletics Championships. She won the bronze at the 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships with her personal best indoor jump of 14.87 m, but failed to reach the podium at any major championships after that point, suffering a sharp decline in form.


Early careerEdit

At 1.86 metres tall, Kašpárková started her professional athletics career as a high jumper and finished sixth at the 1988 World Junior Championships in Athletics. She won the bronze medal in the 1989 European Athletics Junior Championships,[2] and she went on to participate in the women's high jump at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics for Czechoslovakia. Her last period as a high jumper also brought her best performance – she jumped a personal best of 1.95 m in Banská Bystrica in early 1993.[1]

When the female triple jump was introduced to the IAAF competitions, she moved to this discipline as one of the first competitors. She represented Europe in the triple jump at the 1992 IAAF World Cup, finishing in fifth place. She took part in the very first world championship event at the 1993 World Championships in Athletics and finished in seventh with a personal best jump of 14.16 m.[1] She failed to break 14 metres the following year at the 1994 European Championships and had to settle for sixth place. She came close to the medals the following season with a fourth-place performance at the 1995 IAAF World Indoor Championships. She reverted to being out of medal contention at the 1995 World Championships in Athletics and 1995 IAAF Grand Prix Final.

Olympic and world medalsEdit

She became the triple jump champion at the 1995 Summer Universiade.[3] She won her first major medals soon after, taking the silver at the 1996 European Indoor Athletics Championships and winning her first Olympic medal for the Czech Republic with a bronze in the triple jump at the 1996 Summer Olympics. She confirmed her ability in the 1997 season, first winning a bronze at the 1997 IAAF World Indoor Championships, and then winning the World Championships with a national record jump of 15.20 m – this was the best jump that season and it made her the second best athlete in the event after Inessa Kravets at the time.[4] A silver medal at the 1997 IAAF Grand Prix Final brought an end to a successful season.[5]

She won a second European indoor silver at the 1998 Championships, finishing behind Ashia Hansen who jumped 15.16 m,[6] and went on to take another silver later that season at the European Championships outdoors. She retained her indoor bronze at the 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships with a personal best indoor jump of 14.87 m in Maebashi. She failed to retain her world title, however, at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics and could only manage 14.54 m for sixth place.[7]


Kašpárková suffered a marked decline after 1999 and she never jumped beyond 14.40 m after that point.[1] Her mark of 14.34 m was enough to qualify for 2000 Olympic triple jump final, but she faulted three times and finished last. She took part in the 2003 World Championships in Athletics, 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships and 2004 Summer Olympics, but each time she did not manage to jump more than 14 metres and was eliminated in the qualifiers.[1]

She had a reversal of fortunes at the 2005 European Indoor Athletics Championships and took fourth place with a season's best of 14.34 m. She did not continue this form outdoors, however, and did not make the final at either the 2005 World Championships in Athletics or 2006 European Athletics Championships.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Kašpárková is in a relationship with her former coach Michal Pogány. Together they have a daughter, Tereza.[8]

Personal bestsEdit

She also competed in the 100 metres hurdles and long jump on limited occasions.

Event Best (m) Venue Date
Triple jump (outdoor) 15.20 Athens, Greece 4 August 1997
Triple jump (indoor) 14.87 Maebashi, Japan 7 March 1999
High jump (outdoor) 1.92 Kerkrade, Netherlands 30 May 1992
High jump (indoor) 1.95 Banská Bystrica, Czech Republic 27 January 1993
Long jump 6.56 Prague, Czech Republic 20 June 1998

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Czechoslovakia
1988 World Junior Championships Sudbury, Canada 6th High jump 1.85 m
1989 European Junior Championships Varaždin, Yugoslavia 3rd High jump 1.91 m
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 4th Triple jump 13.73 m
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 25th (q) High jump 1.88 m
Representing the   Czech Republic
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 7th Triple jump 13.81 m
Universiade Buffalo, United States 2nd Triple jump 14.00 m (w)
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 7th Triple jump 14.16 m
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 4th Triple jump 14.46 m
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 6th Triple jump 13.98 m
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 4th Triple jump 14.25 m
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 13th (q) Triple jump 13.94 m
Universiade Fukuoka, Japan 1st Triple jump 14.20 m
1996 European Indoor Championships Stockholm, Sweden 2nd Triple jump 14.50 m
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 3rd Triple jump 14.98 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 3rd Triple jump 14.66 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 1st Triple jump 15.20 m
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 2nd Triple jump 14.76 m
Goodwill Games Uniondale, United States 1st Triple jump 14.76 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd Triple jump 14.53 m
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 3rd Triple jump 14.87 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 6th Triple jump 14.54 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 5th (q) Triple jump 14.34 m[9]
2003 World Championships Paris, France 24th (q) Triple jump 13.75 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 21st (q) Triple jump 13.87 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 26th (q) Triple jump 13.79 m
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 4th Triple jump 14.34 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 21st (q) Triple jump 13.69 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 20th (q) Triple jump 13.39 m


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kašparkova Šárka. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-16.
  2. ^ European Junior Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-03-16.
  3. ^ Universiade – Women. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-03-16.
  4. ^ Triple Jump All Time. IAAF (2009-09-11). Retrieved on 2010-03-16.
  5. ^ "IAAF GRAND PRIX FINAL". Great Britain Athletics.
  6. ^ European Indoor Championships (Women). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-03-16.
  7. ^ Šárka Kašpárková at IAAF
  8. ^ Věra Keilová (30 November 2013). "Šárka Kašpárková: Všechno, co děláte pořádně, je řehole". (in Czech).
  9. ^ No mark in the final

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