Speed skater Sablikova smashes 5000 m record
Czech speed skater Martina Sablikova's remarkable season continues. She won her third world cup speed skating event this year by winning the 5000 m contest in Salt Lake City on Sunday. What's more the nineteen-year-old also smashed the world record for the distance with a time of six minutes forty five point six seconds, almost a third of a second faster than the five-year-old record set by legendary German skater Claudie Pechsteiin, whom Sablikova beat into second place during Sunday's event.
World Cup slalom silver for Sarka Zahrobska
Staying with winter sports and Czech alpine skier Sarka Zahrobska also enjoyed a good weekend's work. She followed up her surprise win in the slalom at the Alpine skiing World Championships in Sweden last month by coming joint second in the slalom at a world cup race in Zwiesel, Germany. Zahrobska tied for second place with Sweden's Anna Ottosson in a time of one minute thirty eight point nine seconds, two point two three seconds behind winner Marlies Schild of Austria.
Sparta through to Extraliga semi-finals
Ice hockey now and the Czech extraliga playoffs are reaching their decisive stages. Sparta Prague are the first team through to the semi-finals as their 3-2 win over Zlin at the weekend gives them an unassailable 4-1 lead in their best of seven match quarter final. In the other quarter-final matches Ceske Budejovice beat Slavia Prague 4-3 to hold a narrow 3-2 lead in their series. Pardubice are 3-1 ahead of Znojmo after a comfortable 3-1 win over the Moravian team. Meanwhile the team that finished well ahead of everyone else in the league stages - Liberec - still have it all to do. They lost 4-1 to Trinec at the weekend leaving their quarter final delicately balanced at two matches apiece.
Shock defeat for football league leaders Sparta Prague
Moving on to football and the Czech Gambrinus liga got underway again after the winter break with a shock defeat for league leaders Sparta. They lost 3-0 at home to Jablonec and could now lose their place at the top of the table to arch rivals Slavia Prague if they can make use of a game in hand and beat third-placed Liberec.
Finally, Czech goalkeeper Radek Cerny had a rare start at the weekend for his team Tottenham Hotspur in their FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea whose goalkeeper - Petr Cech - is also from the Czech Republic. Unfortunately, neither keeper covered themselves in glory with both of them conceding three goals in a hard-fought 3-3 draw.