The Weekend Roundup
Missed all the sports action last week? We got you. Every Monday, we’ll be bringing you the news from the week just gone so you don’t miss out on all the essential results.
History is made as Ana Carrasco becomes to the first woman to win a motorbike world title.
Taking it down to the wire 21 year old Ana Carrasco won the World Supersport 3000 by a single point this weekend. Despite coming into the event in a strong position from previous racing, Carrasco’s route to the title during this meeting was anything but plain sailing. A ‘disastrous qualifying’ - her words not ours - saw Carrasco start the grid in 25th place. But this mishap wasn’t stopping her. Fighting through the masses she clawed her way to 13th place, securing the points necessary to be crowned champion. Celebrating in a tee emblazoned with ‘ride like a girl’, Carrasco becomes the latest sportswoman to smash the glass ceiling.
Manchester City steal a lucky three-points in a dramatic comeback against Birmingham.
When you think of Manchester City, sloppy is not the first word that comes to mind. Yet, a bizarre backpass from a comfortable midfield position saw them concede inside 10 minutes away from home at Birmingham City. Early in the second half Birmingham’s lead was doubled as a well placed Lucy Staniforth corner found the head of Meaghan Sargeant who steered the ball neatly into the back of the next. However, City demonstrated the resolve which a team of only their experience can muster and responded with a 20 minute period of dominance in which they scored thrice to clinch victory. The win saw them climb the table up to third, just one point behind the defeated Birmingham. Elsewhere Liverpool’s woes continue as they succumbed to a 1-nil defeat at home to Reading. In the Championship, Manchester United’s victorious run has come to an end after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Durham leaving the door open for Spurs who, with a game in hand, have the opportunity to go top.
Anna van der Breggen wins road world championships in emphatic fashion.
Going it alone is hard, period. Even when you’re Olympic and European Champion, breaking from the pack with 40k still to ride is a gutsy move. However, after a failed breakaway attempt by fellow Dutch cyclist Van Vleuten, Van der Breggen seized the opportunity to counterattack and pulled clear. After shaking off Australian rider Amanda Spratt (who would later clinch the silver spot), the Innsbruck crowds were treated to an expert display of solo cycling. Despite the perils of breaking early, Van der Breggen blew away her competition to finish in with a massive 3min 42sec gap. GOAT? We’ll see. Best in the world at the moment? You betcha.
The Tyrrells Premier 15s League heats up as Gloucester-Hartpury concede late.
A last play penalty try saw visitors Loughborough Lightning come from behind to beat Gloucester-Hartpury 40-41 in a nail biting contest. Leading 28-15 at half-time Gloucester-Hartpury should have put the game to bed, especially when aided by Loughborough’s Maryke Penman 67th minute sin-bin for a deliberate knock-on. However, they were unable to capitalise on the extra player advantage in the ensuing 10 minutes. After a 78 minute try saw them take a 40-34 lead, they will no doubt be rueing their ill-discipline as less than a minute later they conceded the penalty from which the visitors seized victory. Elsewhere in the division Saracen’s 30-12 thrashing of Richmond away from home saw them make it four wins in four and top the table.
In case you missed it, last week it was announced that the RFU would award professional contracts to the 15s England Women’s team ahead of the World Cup. An important step in redressing the inequality in the national game.
USA storm to World Cup gold.
When it comes to basketball, the USA have yet again left the rest of the world in their wake. Early dominance set the scene for the American’s clinical 73-56 victory over Australia, securing their third consecutive world title. Indeed they have won the World Cup in all but three occasions since 1979. This time they scored only 10 points fewer over the whole tournament than France who played an extra game and produced the best points per game average. It’s difficult to see any competitive rival emerging anytime soon. Our dream solution? We’d love to see an USA vs the rest of the world match. But for now we’ll just have to settle for marvelling at just how easy they make victory look.
Mare Dibaba returns to win the Great Scottish Run.
Glasgow has seen a bumper summer of athletics and this weekend the calendar finished with a flourish as it played host to the Great Scottish Run. It took only 5 miles for former marathon World Champion Mare Dibaba to break free of rival Rose Chelimo, before steadily increasing her lead to win the event with a time of 1:09:15. Both women have impeccable long-distance pedigree having each won the marathon World Championship. However Chelimo was the marginal favourite going into this event with Dibaba not having raced since the London Marathon. There she placed a disappointing seventh in the London Marathon after being hampered by an achilles issue. The victory proves the Ethiopian’s brief hiatus has definitely paid off with Chelimo noticeably more fatigued from the start. Meanwhile in the 10k wheelchair event, Scottish native Samantha Kinghorn cruised to an easy defense of her title.