In sports news this week: Katerina Neumannova is named Czech sportswoman of the year, while Martina Navratilova is declared a Czech sports legend; Speed skater Martina Sablikova wins the European championships in Italy; and goalkeeper Petr Cech may make an early return to action after being sidelined with a fractured skull.
At 19, Martina Sablikova has become the youngest competitor to ever win the European Speed Skating Championship combined events title. On Sunday the nineteen-year old skater set a new world record in the 5,000 metres, earning a time of 6:58:45 which helped her cut a lead by the Netherlands' Ireen Wust. Sablikova has proven to be a specialist in longer formats: in the 500 metre event earlier on she finished ninth; on Saturday she also won the 3,000 metre event in which she also set a new world record.
In Sports News: the Czech couple Berdych and Safarova are knocked out in the first round of tennis's Hopman Cup, while newly engaged Radek Stepanek makes a losing return from injury in Adelaide; ski jumper Jakub Janda is too far behind the leader to defend his Four Hills title, while cross country great Katerina Neumannova notches up her best sprint result in two years; Juventus declare an interest in Zdenek Grygera; and Slavia beat Sparta in the annual New Year's day old boys derby.
In Sports News: Sparta win the Prague derby in hockey, though their goaltender is slightly late arriving on the ice; Slavia, meanwhile, go top of the Czech football league, temporarily at least; with 72 shutouts, Dominik Hasek is closing in on a career milestone; and ski jumper Jakub Janda's season picks up, ever so slightly.
In Sports News: Tomas Berdych is again named Czech tennis player of the year; the Czech volleyball team lose their first two games in the last-8 group stage at the world championships; speed skater Martina Sablikova again reaches the podium in a world cup event; cross country skier Katerina Neummanova finishes fourth in Finland; and Sparta Prague lead the Czech football league but have next to no chance of advancing in the UEFA Cup - or of signing Jan Koller.
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 this week: after her best season yet, Czech women's tennis number one Nicole Vaidisova is not too disappointed about missing out on the elite WTA Tour Championship; six-time winner Karel Loprais will miss the Dakar Rally due to injury; some of the world's leading football managers are in Prague for a conference; and Slavia Prague's players are in the spotlight after chanting "death to Sparta".
In Sports News: the 116th Velka Pardubicka steeplechase is a success from a Czech perspective - and for 53-year-old trainer-jockey Josef Vana; it's mission accomplished as the Czech Republic beat lowly San Marino to make it three winds out of three in their campaign to reach football's Euro 2008 - and strikers Baros and Koller are back together, and back among the goals; and ice hockey coach Vladimir Ruzicka is set to decide whether to leave crisis-hit Slavia Prague.