Czech Swimmers Head For 2020 Corona Cup This Weekend


  • Saturday, July 4th & Saturday, July 5th
  • Podolí, Prague, Czech Republic
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Czech swimmers have the opportunity to get wet this weekend, as elite athletes from the nation are set to take to the pool at the inaugural Corona Cup.

Pools in the Czech Republic were closed at the beginning of March, with Podolí opening at the end of April for the needs of elite swimmers. Club pools closely followed.

As such, a host of senior and rising junior Czech swimmers are ready to put their recent training to the test, with most international competitions having been canceled or postponed up until this point.

Among those needed to race is 28-year-old Simona Kubova, the woman who took 200m backstroke silver at the 2015 Summer Universiade (World University Games). She’ll be joined by freestyle ace Jan Micka, who recently became a father, as well as Barbora Seemanova.

20-year-old Seemanova has been on a tear as of late, adding two more national records to her resume just in 2019. While competing at last year’s FINA World Aquatic Championships in Gwangju, Korea, Seemanova busted out a lifetime best of 1:57.16 in the 200m free and 4:09.73 in the 400m free to make her mark on the meet.

European Junior Championships medalists from last year Jan Cejka (100m back bronze, 200m back gold) and Adam Hloben (200m fly bronze) are also entered in this Corona Cup competition.

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10 months ago

Hmmm….unusual branding if named after the virus. So-so branding if named after the beer.

Reply to  SwimPhan
10 months ago

Made me think of the corona parties happening in the US…

Reply to  Olympian
10 months ago

Although to be fair Czech humor relies heavily upon the ironic and they, as a country, have been far more successful and responsible than the US in combating the virus.

Reply to  SwimPhan
10 months ago

We have similar competition in Bratislava as well. And it’s called cORCAvid test as ORCA is the organiser of the competition. And I may assure you, no one in Czech thought about Corona beer while naming the competition.

Texas Tap Water
10 months ago

Bad taste

Reply to  Texas Tap Water
10 months ago

Probably neutral actually. But I wouldn’t know, never been in texas

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