In this edition of Sports News: Czech success at the Indoor World Championships in Hungary, including Roman Sebrle's record-setting win in the heptathlon; more woe for football's slumping Sparta Prague in the Czech premier division; and, the latest results in the first round of the hockey play-offs including big wins by Pilsen and Vitkovice.
Legendary ice hockey goaltender Dominik Hasek's season is over due to injury. At 39 can he ever return to the ice? Jaromir Jagr, meanwhile, has topped a table of the highest earning hockey players of all time. As the Czech football season resumes, international coach Brueckner will be missing several key players in a friendly against Italy next week. Young high-jumper Jaroslav Baba is in fine form, though in the biathlon Katerina Holubcova has had quite a comedown after becoming world champion last year.
Martina Navratilova's last ever match at tennis's Australian Open ended in defeat in the mixed doubles final on Sunday. Another Czech sporting great, ice hockey forward Jaromir Jagr, played his 1,000th NHL game on Friday, though the game could have gone better for the famous no. 68. In football, Jiri Stajner has joined Sparta Prague on loan from Hanover, while other Czech players had mixed fortunes as the Bundesliga started again.
Three Czech football players scored their debut international goals in a 5:1 win over Canada on Saturday that showed the squad's strength in depth. Meanwhile, the country's Under 21s - the reigning European champions - are in a good position to reach their Euro 2004, after beating Switzerland away in the first leg of play-offs. Decathlete Roman Sebrle has once again been named Czech Athlete of the Year, and 17-year-old Jakub Sindel has broken Jaromir Jagr's record to become the youngest player to ever score a hat trick in the domestic ice hockey
It hasn't been a great week for Czech sport, with Roman Sebrle's silver in the decathlon the only Czech medal so far at the World Athletics Championships in Paris. In football, Sparta Prague have drawn Chelsea, Lazio and Besiktas in the Champions League. Spare a thought, though, for Slavia, who battled hard but could not turn around a 3:0 deficit in their qualifier. And tenth seed Jiri Novak and Radek Stepanek are the only Czech tennis players left at the US Open after the fourth day's play.
Triple-jumper Sarka Kasparkova, who took gold at the 1997 World Championships in Athens, has failed to make the final this time out. Meanwhile Jaroslav Baba, 18, says he's happy to have reached the final in Paris and Vera Pospisilova will be disappointed if she doesn't take home a medal. Moravian teams Ostrava and Brno have surprised pundits by topping the Czech football league, leaving their more glamorous Prague rivals in the shade. Acrobatic ski jumper Ales Valenta has won his first competition with his new "icy breath" jump and Jiri Novak is
Ahead of the World Athletics Championships which begin in Paris on Saturday, the greatest athlete in the history of the javelin, Jan Zelezny, tells us why he left the announcement he was going so late, adding he hopes to finish his career on a high at next year's Olympics. And Roman Sebrle, who holds the world points record in the decathlon, says that while he too has Athens in his sights, his main aim at the moment is to take gold in Paris.
The Czech Republic have taken their best ever tally - three medals - at the European Triathlon Championships in Karlovy Vary. Leading Czech athlete Roman Sebrle has taken part in an unusual event - a complete decathlon not over the regular two days but in just 100 minutes! The Czech Republic's men's volleyball team have something to celebrate after reaching the sport's World League finals in Madrid next month. And in tennis news, Jiri Novak's coach says the Czech no. 1 may retire next year and Martina Narvratilova has made a call for smaller tennis
After 16 years without a Czech medal in individual competition, two Czech biathlonists made it to the podium at the sport's World Championships in Siberia on Saturday. The Czechs took only one medal at the European Indoor Atheltics Championships in Birmingham, when Roman Sebrle scored a disappointing bronze. The line-ups for the ice hockey Extraliga play-offs have been decided, and in football Sparta stay in front with a win over Stare Mesto.
Czech tennis number one Jiri Novak has crowned the best season of his career by reaching the Masters Cup in Shanghai, and puts his new-found success down to coach Jan Kukal. Decathlete Roman Sebrle has been named Czech Athlete of the Year. And the first leg of the second round of the UEFA Cup did not go as well as the four Czech teams taking part might have hoped. All those stories and more are in Sports News.
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