With less than 2 months to go until the 2019 FINA World Championships taking place in Gwangju, Korea, the Czech Republic has revealed its 9-strong roster containing 7 women and 2 men.
Backstroking ace Simona Kubova will join IM racer Barbora Zavadova and 19-year-old Barbora Seemanova. Seemanova most recently nailed a new Czech national record in the women’s 200m freestyle, clocking a lifetime best of 1:57.40 at the Grand Prix in Pardubice last weekend.
The men include national record holder Jan Micka, who fired off a career-fastest 1500m mark of 14:48.52 to set a new Czech standard while competing at April’s Stockholm Open.
At the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, the Czech Republic came away medal-less, although the nation did see 2 swimmers make finals. Kubova (nee Baumtrova) took 7th in the women’s 100m backstroke, while Micka finished 8th in the men’s 1500m free.
Czech athletes selected for 2019 World Championships:
Open Water Swimming: will be known after June 10th
Alzbeta Dufkova, Vendula Mazankova,
Eliska Hodova, Aneta Mrazkova, Kristyna Kluskova (2 of the 3)