Monday, 15th August
2022 Crossfit Games
Madison, Wisconsin, recently hosted the 16h Edition of the Crossfit Games, having first originated in Santa Cruz (CA) in 2007. Up until 2018 qualification to the prestigious event was done through regional competitions. From 2019, Crossfit Inc. sanctioned independent fitness events as qualifiers and from 2021, regional qualifications were again introduced that included semi-finals. The Games include a series of very strenuous cardio and weight exercises to be completed in the best time, requiring supreme fitness for competitors. It is regarded as the premier competition in its field. History was made in Madison as Australia's Tia-Clair Toomey and USA's Justin Medeiros were crowned the 2022 Overall Champions. Toomey has now won the event a record six times, the most by any individual. Medeiros made it back-to-back wins. The team event was won by Mayhem for the sixth time. USA dominated the individual categories with Morgan Johnson and Brett Horchar winning Neuromuscular, while Valerie Cohen and Charles Pienaar claimed Lower Extremity.
In Junior Tennis, Switzerland's boys and the Czech Republic's girls were crowned ITF World Junior Tennis Champions. It was Switzerland's second triumph at the world event. The inaugural A1 CEV Beach Volleyball Nations Cup, an innovative nation-versus-nation competition, was recently held at the Red Bull Beach Arena in Vienna. Switzerland's women and Norway's men were crowned champions. Both nations are very dominant on the Beach Volleyball World Tour. The World Baseball and Softball Confederation recently held the U12 World Cup. USA faced Venezuela in the final with the former claiming their fourth title in style. In basketball, Spain are emerging as strong contenders in Europe where the men recently won the U18 Championship beating the hosts in Izmir, Turkey. In the women's competition held in Heraklion, Spain made the final again but were narrowly beaten by Lithuania. Africa also held their regional U18 Championships at Antananarivo, Madagascar, with Mali's women and Egypt's men crowned as winners.
United States' Matthew Essick is the 2022 Golf Croquet World Champion held at the Sussex County Croquet Club in England. In athletics World champion and world record holder Sydney McLaughlin finished the season in style as she clocked the fastest ever 400m hurdles time on European soil at a World Athletics meeting in Hungary. New Zealand's Lisa Carrington and Germany's Sebastian Brendel were the standout performers at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships held in Dartmouth, England. In women's golf, South Africa's Ashley Buhai made history by claiming the Women's Open at Muirfield, etching her name next to Ernie Els and Gary Player who have also won at the same course. USA overcame Greece 10-8 to win the FINA World Women's Youth Water Polo Championships in Belgrade. The Ukraine took the most titles at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Championship in Running Target held in Chateauroux, France.
For the first time in history, an Asian side won the gold medal at the International Handball Federation Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship, with the Republic of Korea claiming victory in North Macedonia. Italy's Alessia Ghezza and Dimitri Masotti were the main class winners at the World Rock 'n' Roll Championships held in Stuttgart. Arianna Martinucci and Fabio Ravedoni (also Italy) won the juniors, while France's Stéphanie Arnaud and Stéphane Martins completed victory in the seniors category. Sweden's Henrik von Eckermann, the world's number 1-ranked Jumping athlete, won the Individual gold medal at the FEI World Jumping Championship on Sunday at Herning aboard King Edward. The European Championships, a multi-sport event, has another week to complete in Munich. Meanwhile, Great Britain dominated the 2022 European Rowing Championships with a total of ten medals. Belgium's Stoffel Vandoorne is the 2022 FIA Formula E World Champion after finishing second today in Round 16 in Seoul. Mercedes-EQ were the best team. Romania's Simona Halep and Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta won the women's and men's singles titles at the National Bank Open in Montréal, a WTA/ATP 1000 Tennis Tournament.
Finally, Frenchman Arnaud Jerald, a freediver, broke the world record for the deepest dive with bi-fins as he descended to a depth of 120m (393ft). Jerald took 3 minutes and 34 seconds to complete the dive at the Vertical Blue competition in the Bahamas. Jersey's Sally Minty-Gravett (65) has become the first person to complete an English Channel swim across six different decades, making her first crossing in 1975, aged 18. A British marathon champion Robert Pope, has seemingly become the first person to run from Galway City on Ireland's west coast to the capital Dublin in less than a day, covering the distance in just 23 hours and 39 minutes.
Until next time, have a great week in sport.