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The Weekly Sports Review

Monday, 24th October

Hot Rods at Holly Springs

Holly Springs is a city in the county seat of Marshall County, Mississippi. Last weekend it was also the home of the International Hot Rod Association Summit World Finals, which the city has also now secured for 2023. Aubrey Loy is a rising star as the 14-year old became the Junior Dragster World Champion. Larry Doty won the IHRA Summit SuperSeries Sportsman World Championship after narrowly missing out in 2019, while the IHRA Summit Superseries Top World Championship went to Jared Ledford. Finally, a dream came true for Grant Zimmerman who took the IHRA Summit SuperSeries Mod (No Box) World Championship. 

With five more days before the ISSF World Championship Rifle/Pistol closes, China have dominated so far with more than double the gold medals than their nearest rival India. Topping the table on 55, only three other nations have reached double figures as of yesterday. 

Two mind sports had a number of major results over the weekend. Starting with chess, teams of the Philippines and Mongolia became the champions of the second Intercontinental Online Chess Championship for Prisoners. Azerbaijan's Govhar Beydullayeva and Abdulla Gadimbayli are the new FIDE World Junior Chess Champions. Two stars of draughts, Dutchman Roel Boomstra and Poland's Natalia Sadowska, won the recent FMJD World Cup in Beilen, Netherlands. Beilen then followed with the European Rapid & Blitz Championships. Wouter Sipma (also Netherlands) and Sadowska won the Rapid titles, while Blitz gold was claimed by Boomstra and Sadowska. 

Snow sport fans have been waiting patiently for the first International Ski & Snowboard Federation World Cup events to begin. Chur in Switzerland hosted freestyle, while Soelden in Austria opened with an alpine competition. The Freeski Big Air titles were claimed by France's Tess Ledeux and Norway's Birk Ruud. Snowboard Big Air gold went to Japan's Reira Iwabuchi and Takeru Otsuka. While the women's event was cancelled, Switzerland's Marco Odermatt won the Men's Giant Slalom

Colombia's Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo won the UCI ProSeries Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia, one of the last major road cycling races for the year. Belgium's Eli Iserbyt and the Netherland's Fem van Empel continue their good form by claiming round 3 of the 2022/2023 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup held in Tábor, Czech Republic.

Morioka, a city on Japan’s Honshu island, hosted the last sport climbing world cup of the season. Japan's Tomoa Narasaki, Yoshiyuki Ogata, and Kokoro Fujii claimed the top three places of the IFSC World Cup Boulder & Lead. Teen sensations Chen Yuxi and Quan Hongchan of China produced and incredible 10 perfect scores of 10 to help their nation claim three gold medals at the FINA Diving World Cup in Berlin. China are also the current FINA World Champions. 

Canada have been crowned the World Mixed Curling Champions as they defeated hosts Scotland 7-4 in Aberdeen. Switzerland beat Sweden 6-4 to claim bronze. In badminton, South Korea overpowered Taiwan to win the BWF World Junior Mixed Team Championships in Santander, Spain. The junior individual champions will be decided this week also in Santander. On the Badminton World Federation World Tour, Indonesia's Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto won their fourth men's doubles title at the Denmark Open. 

In the Professional Squash Association World Tour, Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini and Mostafa Asal were victorious in the finals of the Grasshopper Cup. This means they have claimed the PSA World Tour Gold level titles.

Britain's Ben Maher has created stardom for himself and made history by becoming the Longines Global Champions Tour Champion of Champions for the third time. The Longines Global Champions Tour is one of the top show jumping events around the world. Sweden's Mondo Duplantis and Norway's Jakob Ingebrigtsen were named joint winners of the Men’s European athlete of the year award, while Dutch star Femke Bol claimes the Women’s European athlete of the year

Japan defeated Korea 3-0 in the IV U-23 Baseball World Cup final. They previously won the inaugural event and finished second in 2018. Australia have claimed the Constellation Cup from holders New Zealand, one of the premier netball tournaments between the top two ranked nations. Neom, Saudi Arabia's most newest city, hosted the Global Kitesports Association Freestyle World Cup. Spain's Claudia Leon and Brazil's Manoel Soares were crowned champions.

In motor racing news, Sébastien Ogier took to his first victory of the FIA World Rally Championship’s hybrid era in Spain. NASCAR is in the second race of three that form part of the Round of 8 playoffs. Next weekend the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia will determine the final four for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship in Phoenix, Arizona. The top four so far after yesterday's race are Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, Chase Elliott, and William Byron. Italy's Francesco Bagnaia claimed his seventh race of the FIM MotoGP World Championship season to lead the overall standings by 23 points. The title decider is in Valencia on the 6th November. In the FIM Superbike World Championship, only two rounds remain as Spain's Alvaro Bautista leads the overall standings on 507 points, 82 clear of defending champion Toprak Razgatlioglu of Turkey.

Finally, the draw for the most prestigious competition in women's football was made over the weekend. Further qualification matches are still to be completed as 32 teams will aim to win the Women's World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand. 

Until next time, have a great week in sport.

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