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Zuzana Hejnová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈzuzana ˈɦɛjnovaː]; born 19 December 1986) is a Czech athlete. She competes in the 100 metres, the 100 metres hurdles, the 400 metres and the 400 metres hurdles, and also the heptathlon. She is a two-time World Champion in the 400 metres hurdles, winning in 2013 and 2015.

Zuzana Hejnová
Zuzana Hejnová Moscow 2013.jpg
Zuzana Hejnová after her win at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics
Personal information
Born (1986-12-19) 19 December 1986 (age 32)
Liberec, Czechoslovakia
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb)
Sport
Country Czech Republic
SportAthletics
Event(s)100 m hurdles, 400 m, 400 m hurdles
Achievements and titles
World finals7th at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics
Regional finals4th at the 2010 and 2012 European Athletics Championships
Olympic finals3rd at the 2012 and 7th at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Personal best(s)
  • 400 m: 51.90
  • 100 m hurdles: 13.36
  • 400 m hurdles: 52.83, NR

Her sister, Michaela, is also an Olympic athlete.[1]

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JuniorEdit

In 2003, Hejnová competed at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Athletics at Sherbrooke, Canada and won the gold medal in the 400 metre hurdles with a time of 57.54. A year later, she returned at Grosseto, Italy at the 2004 World Junior Championships. This time she won the silver with a time of 57.44 in the 400 m hurdles, defeated by the Russian, Ekaterina Kostetskaya, who won gold by a large margin at 55.55 seconds.

Her current personal bests are 14.11 in the 100m achieved at Ostrava on 3 September 2005; 13.77 in the 100 metres hurdles at Stará Boleslav on 13 June 2003; 53.04 in the 400 m at Kladno on 28 June 2008; and 54.90 in the 400 m hurdles recorded at Monaco on 28 July 2009.

CareerEdit

2008Edit

 
Hejnová in 2008

In early March 2008 Hejnová competed in the 400 metres at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships and reached the semi finals but did not qualify to reach the final. She did however, reach the final with the Czech relay team in the 4 × 400 metres relay in a team which included her, Zuzana Bergrová, Denisa Ščerbová, and Jitka Bartoničková. They finished 4th, with a time of 3:34.53, but were over 5 seconds slower than the Americans who took bronze with a time of 3:29.30.

On 21 June 2008, she competed for the Czech Republic at the 2008 European Cup in Athletics.

Hejnová competed in the 400 metres hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She qualified for the second round with the thirteenth fastest overall time of 55.91 seconds and for the final with 55.17. In the final she finished seventh with 54.97, only one hundredth behind her personal best at the time.

2011Edit

She won the 400 metres hurdles at the European Team Championships with a new national record of 53.87 seconds.[2] On 8 July 2011 she improved her national record to 53.29 seconds.[3]

2012Edit

Hejnová won the first round of the Women's 400 m Hurdles at the 2012 Summer Olympics. On 8 August 2012 Hejnová won the bronze medal in the finals.

2013Edit

Hejnová won Diamond League races over 400 m Hurdles in Shanghai (53.79), Eugene (53.70), Oslo (53.60), Paris (53.23 NR), and London (53.07 NR). Hejnová also won races in Des Moines (54.41), Prague (54.55) and Ostrava (53.32). Hejnová secured maximum points for Czech Republic in the European Team Championships First League in Dublin by winning the 400 m in 51.90 seconds. On 15 August 2013 in Moscow, she became World Champion over 400 m Hurdles with a new Czech record (52.83 NR).

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the   Czech Republic
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 5th 400 m hurdles 58.42
2003 World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 1st 400 m hurdles 57.54
European Junior Championships Tampere, Finland 3rd 400 m hurdles 58.30
8th 4 × 400 m relay 3:44.55
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 2nd 400 m hurdles 57.44
9th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:37.89
2005 European Junior Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st 400 m hurdles 55.89
4 × 400 m relay DNF
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 21st (sf) 400 m hurdles 57.29
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 13th (sf) 400 m hurdles 56.39
10th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:34.47
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 3rd 400 m hurdles 55.93
World Championships Osaka, Japan 13th (sf) 400 m hurdles 55.04
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 7th 400 m 53.16
4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:34.53
Olympic Games Beijing, China 7th 400 m hurdles 54.97
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 11th (sf) 400 m hurdles 54.99
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 12th (h) 400 m 53.56
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:30.05
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 4th 400 m hurdles 54.30
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th 400 m hurdles 54.49
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:26.02
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 3rd 400 m hurdles 53.38
7th 4 × 400 m relay 3:27.77
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 400 m 52.12
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:28.49
World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st 400 m hurdles 52.83
11th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:30.48
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 15th (h) 800 m 2:05.34
4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:32.08
World Championships Beijing, China 1st 400 m hurdles 53.50
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4th 400 m hurdles 53.92
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 2nd 400 m 52.42
World Championships London, United Kingdom 4th 400 m hurdles 54.20
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany 13th (sf) 400 m hurdles 56.03

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Zuzana Hejnová Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  2. ^ "European Athletics – Event Website". Sportresult.com. 18 June 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/dlm/eventcode=4733/sex=W/discCode=400H/result.html#W400H

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