Dvorak Czech Champion, success weekend for Portyk
The Czech Ski Association also held its summer nationals on this past weekend at Liberec and as last year, team leader Miroslav Dvorak captured the title. This year, however, Dvorak had some tough competition in team youngster Tomas Portyk who gave Dvorak a run for his money until the end. With the second rank in the overall standings, the win in the junior category and - showcasing Portyk’s jumping qualities - also the win in the special jumping junior category, the weekend certainly also went to Tomas Portyk’s liking. The third rank in the Nordic Combined competition went to Lukas Danek.
Portyk jumped 100 metres on Liberec’s HS 100 Jested hill and led the jumping competitions by far with 130.5 points and a time advantage for the roller-ski race of one minute and six seconds on second-placed Tomas Vancura who jumped 90 metres (114 p.). The third rank after jumping went to Petr Kutal who landed at 89 metres (110.5 p.). Dvorak only held a sixth rank after jumping and was one minute and 42 seconds behind Portyk at the start of the roller-skiing competition.
In the end, Tomas Portyk did not have the stamina on the track to hold off the experienced Miroslav Dvorak who finally finished 8.6 seconds earlier than Portyk after roller-skiing 10 kilometres. Lukas Danek showed one of the fastest performances on the track and skied from an intermediate 11th rank to a final third position, finishining 41.3 seconds after Dvorak.
Ranks four to six went to team veteran Pavel Churavy, Petr Kutal and Ondrej Pazout who obtained the third rank in the junior category with this result, behind Portyk and Danek.