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Czech ice-hockey star Jagr looking beyond world championships (AFP)

When Jaromir Jagr played his first game for the national team in 1989, five of his current Czech Republic team-mates fighting for the world ice hockey title were not even born. At 43 years old, the fourth player in the NHL’s all-time points list has six goals and three assists from eight games at what is probably his last world championship — but who knows? As the Czechs beat Finland in the quarter-finals in Prague on Thursday, the Florida Panthers wing scored twice and offered an assist to Jan Kovar, his center born in 1990 — the year Jagr played his first world championship game at age 18. “He’s playing incredible hockey,” said Czech coach Vladimir Ruzicka, who was Jagr’s center at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano which the team won after stunning Wayne Gretzky-led Canada on the way.