Vladimir Miko, mainstay of Czechoslovakian success

Vladimir Miko (1943 -2018), one of Europe's best (Photo: ITTF) by Ian Marshall, Editor It is with great sadness that the recent death of Vladimir Miko is announced; he was 74 years old. Born on Monday 22nd March 1943 in Krupina in the country now known as Slovakia; Vladimir Miko was a vital member of the Czechoslovakian team throughout the 1960s. He started playing table tennis in 1951 at STO Tatran Krupina, before in 1957 moving to Sparta Prague, where he was coached by established internationals Ladislav Stipek and Ludvik Vyhnanovsky. In 1959 he joined the national team, competing in seven World Championships, an event in those days held on a biennial basis. Notably in 1967 in Stockholm he reached the quarter-finalsof the men’s singles