Pospíšil brothers

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Brothers Pospíšil in the Hall of Fame of Czech cycling (picture in Velodrom Praha-Motol)

The Czech brothers Jan (born April 25, 1945 in Brno ) and Jindřich Pospíšil (born March 23, 1942 in Brno) were 20 times world champions in cycling .


The brothers became “cycling legends” while they were still alive and were given an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for this achievement .

Both worked in the Kralovopolska machine factory in Brno and also played bike ball for the sports club in that factory. Before they won their first gold medal, Jindřich achieved a silver and bronze medal with his play partner Jaroslav Svoboda. The two became CSSR champions in cycling ball for the first time in 1960.

At their first World Cup in Copenhagen in 1964 the brothers won the silver medal. The two have been looked after by trainer Rudolf Harth since 1965.

In 1965 in Prague, the brothers put on the world champion's rainbow jersey for the first time, before becoming world champions fourteen times in a row from 1968 to 1981. It was only the German brothers Andreas and Thomas Steinmeier who managed to interrupt the dominance of the Czechs for two years before they were once again on top of the podium at the World Cup five times from 1984 to 1988. In 1988 they became world champions for the last time at the age of 43 and 46 respectively. Jan, the younger and quieter of the two, worked as a goalkeeper.

In 1990 the two retired from active sports.

Sporting successes

  • World Champion20 × cycling world champions in
    1965, 1968–1981, 1984–1988
  • 5 × cycling vice world champion in
    1962 (Jindřich Pospíšil with Jaroslav Svoboda), 1964, 1967, 1982–1983


The Pospíšil brothers were the winners of the annual survey on the Král cyklistiky ( cycling king ) of the Československý svaz cyklistiky cycling association from 1968 to 1970, 1972, 1975, 1979, 1987 and 1988 .

Winner of the 1979 Czechoslovakian Athlete of the Year survey.

In the Hall of Fame of Czech Cycling (since it was founded in 2014).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Hall of Fame - Brothers Pospisil (Jan * 1945 and Jindrich * 1942)
  2. ↑ Bike ball legend Jan Pospisil celebrated his 70th birthday (April 27, 2015)
  3. Král cyklistiky. Retrieved April 8, 2019 (Czech).
  4. History 1979 | Sportovec roku. Retrieved March 25, 2020 (cs-CZ).
  5. Český svaz cyklistiky: KRÁL CYKLISTIKY 2014. Accessed on March 25, 2020 (Czech).