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.
Hurdler Jiri Muzik says he hopes to repeat his success at last year's European Athletics Championships on the world stage. Meanwhile, Jan Zelezny in the javelin and triple-jumper Sarka Kasparkova say they will be in Paris next weekend. World champion Valentino Rossi thrills the crowds at the Czech Motor Cycling Grand Prix in Brno, Milan Hejduk is Czech ice hockey player of the year and footballer Patrik Berger scores on his debut for Portsmouth.
Czech ice hockey fans will have the chance to see the NHL's Stanley Cup up close on Sunday, when the New Jersey Devils Czech star Patrik Elias shows the trophy off in his home town. While Jiri Slegr considers his future, Jaromir Jagr looks set to stay at Washington. In football Slavia Prague have won away in their Champions League second qualifying tie against Bosnian side Leotar Trebinje.
The Czech Republic topped the medals table at the World Water Slalom Championships at Augsburg, Germany, with three golds, a silver and a bronze. In swimming, Ilona Hlavackova has taken the first ever Czech medal at the World Championships. The new Czech football season has begun, while the two Czech teams in the Champions League qualifiers face tough opposition. And police have recommended the state attorney file charges against ice hockey goaltender Dominik Hasek for a brutal attack during an in-line hockey game.
The Czech Under 19 football team beat England on Sunday to win a semi-finals place at the European Championships. The Czech women's tennis team have made sure of their place in next year's Fed Cup World Group, thanks to a play-offs win over South Africa in Durban. Meanwhile, swimmer Yvetta Hlavacova says a whole year's hard work has gone down the drain, after coming 11th in Barcelona. Vaclav Chalupa has won the Czech rowing championships for the 15th year in a row and ice hockey forward Vaclav Prospal has signed a five-year, 17.5-million-dollar
The Wimbledon tennis tournament in London has not been going at all well for the Czech Republic's tennis players: of the ten who entered, only two - Novak and Stepanek - are still there after just three days. The Czech national football team have risen to tenth in FIFA's rankings, while Ostrava wonderboy Michal Papadopulos, looks set to join giants Arsenal, if he can get a Greek passport.
Only a few dozen Czech ice hockey fans came to Ruzyne airport on Sunday to greet the Czech national team returning from the Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki. After Canada beat the Czech Republic 8-4 in the semi-final on Friday, the Czechs faced their former federation partner Slovakia in Saturday's bronze-medal match.
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