The 1983 World Championships in Athletics, held in Finland’s Helsinki, were the first edition of the competition – and proved the most successful ever for Czechoslovakia.
Czechoslovakia took four gold medals in Helsinki, as well as three silvers and two bronzes, coming fourth in the overall medals tally.
Jarmila Kratochvílová was the most successful member of the national team, coming first in the 400 meters in a world record time of 47.99 seconds, and beating into second place compatriot Taťána Kocembová.
Kratochvílová took home another gold in the 800 metres, and also helped the relay team to silver in the 4×400 meters. Their time of 3:20.23 is still the national record.
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Author: Klára Stejskalová