In Sports News this week: the Prague International Marathon is won by a European runner for the first time ever; Czech tennis star Nicole Vaidisova climbs to seventh in the world rankings, her highest placing ever; and Sparta and Liberec chase the Czech football league title, while Slovacko are relegated after seven years in the top flight.
Former world 800m champion Ludmila Formanova has announced her retirement. The 33-year old athlete said on Wednesday the reasons were her state of health and her son Petr to whom she wanted to devote more time. Formanova was crowned world champion of the two-lap event in Seville, Spain in 1999 and also won the world indoor championships in Maebashi, Japan in the same year. A foot injury saw her pull out of her heat in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and she has not competed at top international level since 2002. Formanova took a year out from competitive sport in 2005 to have a baby but returned a year later only to be plagued by a muscle injury from February that year.
In Sports News: Roman Sebrle become the oldest man to win the heptathlon at the European Indoors Athletics Championships, his third title in a row; long-jumper Denisa Scerbova takes her first medal at senior level; Martina Slabikova is the first Czech ever to win the speed skating World Cup; and Lukas Bauer is satisfied with fifth in the last race of the Nordic World Ski Championships.
In Sports News: Roman Sebrle is named Czech Athlete of the Year for the fifth year in a row, with Barbora Spotakova narrowly missing out on the crown; Martina Sablikova takes the first ever Czech medal at the Speed Skating World Cup; Sparta Prague top the Czech football league for the first time in 18 months; and a goal scored by Czechoslovakia's Oldrich Nejedly in the 1934 World Cup is finally acknowledged.
In Sports News: Czech football champions Slovan Liberec have maintained their excellent start to the current season; Lukas Hartig makes a dream return to the Czech league - scoring two days after signing for Olomouc; the Czech Fed Cup coach welcomes a draw with "former brothers" Slovakia; and the Czech women's basketball team qualify for the knock-out stages at the World Championships.
In Sports News: Martina Navratilova's glittering career has come to an end with victory in the mixed doubles at the US Open - the tennis legend says she feels both joy and sorrow at retiring at the age of 49; Martin Damm wins the men's doubles at the US Open, taking his first Grand Slam title at 34; javelin great Jan Zelezny receives a standing ovation at his last international meeting; and Sparta Prague's new boss gets off to a winning start in a game of two halves.
In Sports News: the Czech football team get off to a good start in their bid to reach Euro 2008, with two debutants shining in a 2:1 win over Wales, though Wales manager John Toshack believes match officials made serious mistakes; Sparta Prague appoint their 16th boss in 13 years - former star player Michal Bilek; two Czech singles players start the second week at tennis's US Open; and Czech women's record holder Barbora Spotakova wins the javelin at the last Golden League meeting of the season.
In Sports News: Roman Sebrle becomes the first decathlete in two decades to defend his title at the European Athletics Championship; Barbora Spotakova takes silver in the javelin in Gothenburg, and breaks her own Czech women's record along the way; there are few changes to the Czech football squad ahead of Wednesday's friendly versus Serbia; and Liberec stride out in front in the Czech league while Sparta manage just one goal in three games.
Jan Zelezny is widely believed to be the greatest athlete to have ever thrown the javelin. He holds the world record in the discipline, and has been both Olympic and World Champion three times. His long and glittering career came to an end on Wednesday night, when Zelenzy, now 40, took part in his final competition, the European Championships. Fittingly, he came away with one last medal.
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