Radek Juška

Radek Juška (Czech pronunciation: [ˈradɛk ˈjuʃka]; born 8 March 1993 in Starovičky) is a Czech track and field athlete who competes in the long jump. He was a silver medallist at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2015, at which he set a best of 8.10 m (26 ft 6+34 in).

Radek Juška
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Czech Republic
European Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 2015 Prague Long jump

CareerEdit

Raised in Starovičky, in the south-eastern Břeclav District,[1] Juška made his international debut for the Czech Republic at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics. Despite having set a personal best of 7.71 m (25 ft 3+12 in) in June, he was far off this form at the competition and ranked 24th in qualifying with a best jump of 7.11 m (23 ft 3+34 in).[2]

In 2013, he won the Czech under-23 titles in both the long jump and triple jump. He followed this up with his first senior national title at the 2014 Czech Indoor Championships. Outdoors, he was the long jump winner at the Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague (the country's foremost track meet) with a personal best mark of 7.94 m (26 ft 12 in). He had his senior international debut that year at the 2014 European Team Championships, clearing 7.76 m (25 ft 5+12 in) to take eighth place overall.[3] He gained a wild card selection for the 2014 European Athletics Championships, but a torn abdominal muscle suffered at the national championships that year meant he was not fit to compete.[1]

Under the tutelage of Josef Karas (a former decathlete), Juška was encouraged to focus on both his athletics and his studies at the University of Economics, Prague.[1] He returned to fitness in time for the beginning of the 2015 season and claimed the Czech indoor title for a second time.[4] He was selected for the home team for the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague. Despite entering as an outsider, having a sub-eight-metre personal best, he managed to qualify for the final of the event – the last of the eight qualifiers.[5] In the final he was spurred on by the home crowd and improved his personal best to 8.10 m (26 ft 6+34 in) to claim the silver medal behind Michel Tornéus.[6] This also raised him to seventh in the global seasonal rankings.[7] He was one of three Czech athletes to win medals on the first day of finals at the championships, alongside Ladislav Prášil and Eliška Klučinová.[8]

Personal bestsEdit

  • Long jump outdoor – 8.31 m (27 ft 3 in) (2017)
  • Long jump indoor – 8.10 m (26 ft 6+34 in) (2015)
  • Triple jump outdoor – 15.12 m (49 ft 7+14 in) (2013)

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2012 World Junior Championships Barcelona, Spain 24th (q) Long jump 7.11 m
2014 European Team Championships Braunschweig, Germany 8th Long jump 7.76 m
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 2nd Long jump 8.10 m
European U23 Championships Tallinn, Estonia 2nd Long jump 8.00 m (+1.1 m/s)
World Championships Beijing, China 11th Long jump 7.57 m
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 11th Long jump 7.40 m
European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 4th Long jump 7.93 m (w)
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 13th (q) Long jump 7.84 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 10th Long jump 8.02 m
Universiade Taipei, Taiwan 1st Long jump 8.02 m
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 7th Long jump 7.99 m
European Championships Berlin, Germany 12th Long jump 7.73 m
2019 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom 7th Long jump 7.79 m

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Chceš u mě trénovat? Mazej do školy! Jak trenér usměrnil dálkaře (in Czech). iDNES (2015-03-05). Retrieved on 2015-03-07.
  2. ^ Radek Juska. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-07.
  3. ^ Braunschweig 2014 • Biographical Summaries. European Athletics (2014). Retrieved on 2015-03-07.
  4. ^ Radek Juska. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-03-07.
  5. ^ 2015 European Indoor Championships Men's Long Jump Qualification Archived 2017-03-12 at the Wayback Machine. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-03-07.
  6. ^ Mills, Steven (2015-03-06). Johnson-Thompson scores 5000 national record for European indoor pentathlon gold. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-07.
  7. ^ Long Jump - men - senior - indoor - 2015. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-07.
  8. ^ "Radio Prague - Czechs clinch three medals at Indoor Athletic Championships". Retrieved 7 March 2015.