Adam Ptáčník

Adam Ptáčník (Czech pronunciation: [ˈadam ˈptaːtʃɲiːk]; born 4 December 1985 in Pardubice) is a Czech amateur track cyclist.[1] He shared the men's sprint title with Tomáš Bábek and Denis Špička at the Czech Track Cycling Championships, and later represented the Czech Republic at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[2] Ptacnik also won two bronze medals each in Keirin and team sprint at the 2005 European Junior Championships in Fiorenzuola, Italy.

Adam Ptáčník
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Personal information
Full nameAdam Ptáčník
Born (1985-12-04) 4 December 1985 (age 34)
Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
Team information
DisciplineTrack
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter

Ptacnik qualified for the Czech squad in two track cycling events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by receiving one of the team's three available berths based on UCI's selection process from the Track World Rankings.[3] In the men's team sprint, held on the first day of the program, Ptacnik and his teammates Babek and Spicka battled in an opening heat against the U.S. trio of Michael Blatchford, Giddeon Massie, and Adam Duvendeck with an eleventh-place time in 45.678 and an average speed of 59.109 km/h, failing to advance further to the top eight match round.[4] Two days later, in the men's sprint, Ptacnik narrowly missed out the round-of-sixteen matchup by a four-thousandth second margin on the morning prelims in 10.569, finishing nineteenth overall in the process.[5]

At the 2010 European Track Championships in Pruszków, Poland, Ptacnik overhauled the French duo François Pervis and Michael D'Almeida on the final stretch to grab the bronze medal in men's Keirin.[6][7]

Career highlightsEdit

2003
  •   European Junior Championships (Team sprint), Moscow (RUS)
2005
  •   Czech Track Cycling Championships (1 km time trial), Prague (CZE)
  •   Czech Track Cycling Championships (Sprint), Prague (CZE)
  •   European Junior Championships (Keirin), Fiorenzuola (ITA)
  •   European Junior Championships (Team sprint), Fiorenzuola (ITA)
  •   Stage 1, UCI World Cup (1 km time trial), Moscow (RUS)
2008
2010
2011
  •   Czech Track Cycling Championships (Team sprint), Prague (CZE)
  •   Czech Track Cycling Championships (Sprint), Prague (CZE)
  •   Czech Track Cycling Championships (Keirin), Prague (CZE)
2013
  •   Czech Track Cycling Championships (Keirin), Brno (CZE)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Adam Ptáčník". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Plavci a cyklisté vyrazili na olympiádu" [Swimmers and cyclists went to the Olympics, but arrived in Beijing later] (in Czech). Mladá fronta DNES. 26 July 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Trio cyklistických sprinterů se nakonec na OH dostalo" [Three cycling sprinters finally qualified for the Olympics] (in Czech). Sport.cz. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Men's Team Sprint Qualification". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Men's Sprint Qualification". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Kenny signs off with gold in Poland". The Bolton News. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Kenny wins Britain's third gold of Euro Elite Track Championships". The Sunday Times. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2013.

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