In Sports News this week: the Czech Republic's results at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka are the most best since the foundation of the state, with the Czech team finishing sixth in the medals table; decathlete Roman Sebrle savours finally becoming world champion at the seventh attempt, while Barbora Spotakova in the javelin and pole vaulter Katerina Badurova set new Czech records on their way to the podium; and Czech tennis star Nicole Vaidisova is knocked out in the third round of the US Open, but says she's happy to be simply be back
In Sports News this week: pole vaulter Katerina Badurova is the first Czech to reach the finals at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka; two years after taking bronze in Helsinki, Vera Pospisilova-Cechlova fails to make it out of the heats; Nicole Vaidisova returns from illness just in time for the US Open; Slavia Prague are one step away from the Champions League after beating Ajax away in the first leg; and Czech international Jaroslav Plasil joins Spain's Osasuna.
In Sports News: a quarter of a million people turn out for the Czech MotoGP as Lukas Pesek becomes the first Czech rider to reach the podium in decades; Slavia Prague follow their good result against Ajax in a Champions League qualifier with their third win out of three, a feat also achieved by Ostrava and Teplice; and captain Tomas Rosicky is out for Wednesday's friendly against Austria.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interview extreme mountain biker Jan Kopka for Radio Prague's Czechs Today [25.04.2007], only weeks after the rider had won the world's toughest race: the Iditarod Trail Invitational. Iditarod sees riders take on 1,800 kilometres in the dead of winter in the Alaskan outback, an incredible feat in which one's life is constantly in the balance. Now, Jan has returned to his home in Jablonec Nad Nisou in picturesque northern Bohemia, and a chance to join him on local trails was too good to pass up. Jan was
In Sports News: In the second round of Czech first football division, Slavia and Sparta warm up for Champions League qualifiers, while Teplice's striker Martin Fenin scores another goal and may be leaving to play abroad; no medals for Czechs at the World Cup in canoeing; and Radek Stepanek reaches the semifinals in Montreal.
Frisbee ultimate is a fast growing sport. Even though its rules are somewhat similar to those of American rugby, it is non-contact, which makes it less aggressive. Mixed teams are therefore a popular category, and the Czech national team has built one of the strongest mixed teams in Europe. Dita Salavova has the story.
For a long time Slavia Prague, one of the most well-known Czech football clubs, has tried but failed to enter the prestigious and profitable Champions League. This year, the sixth opportunity, the Slovak champion Zilina stood in Slavia's way. After a first leg nil-nil draw in Slovakia, Slavia had a chance to move on on Wednesday night at Prague's Rosicky Stadium.
In Sports News: footballer Libor Sionko leaves Glasgow Rangers for the less glamorous FC Copenhagen - and hopes regular action will see him return to the Czech national squad; Sparta Prague sign Slavia goalkeeper Matus Kozacik just a week before the Czech league begins; and is the popular ex-skier Katerina Neumannova in danger of tarnishing her reputation?