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The weekly sports review

2nd to 8th August

The near impossible task is to single out any Olympic result to be greater than other events where a gold medal was won, or even a podium position was achieved. None of us really know what athletes go through to make it to this special event every four years. We will attempt to mention a few, but it does not take away the greatness of any of the medal achievements in other categories and sports. More records will come, but this is what we have so far. Adam Peaty became the first British swimmer to successfully defend his Olympic title when he won the Men's 100m Breaststroke in a typically convincing fashion. Peaty is being chased by Arno Kamminga from the Netherlands and it will be very interesting how they both perform in three years. Another swimming achievement goes to Tunisia's 18-year old Ahmed Hafnaoui who qualified the slowest for the 400m freestyle and was therefore on the outside lane. Hafnaoui overcame Australia's Jack McLoughlin with a stunning pace to claim the gold.

Staying in the pool and on this occasion it was South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker in the women's 200m breaststroke who broke the Olympic record three times during the week. History was also made for South Africa when Tatjana and her sister Kaylene both made it to the final. The previous occasion two women from the nation made it to a swimming final, was in 2000. For Japan history was made by 13-year old Momiji Nishiya when she became the nation's first women's Olympic street skateboarding champion. This was a day after Yuto Horigome won the men's competition for the host nation. Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines used water bottles to train for weightlifting when she became stuck in Malaysia as a result of travel restrictions. This did not stop her from becoming her nation's first ever gold medalist. The Fiji men's sevens rugby team made history when they successfully defended their Olympic title. 

Stepping away from the Games, we look at the Superbike World Championship where Britain's Jonathan Rea became the first rider in the history of the championship to win at one track on thirteen occasions. The track is the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands. Other news is that it appears New Zealand and Australia have pulled out of the the Rugby League World Cup later this year. The tournament is meant to be held in the United Kingdom and with the current travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, it would mean that players would join the National Rugby League, Australia's main domestic competition for rugby league, after the start of the new season. We hope they change their minds or that the organisers do not postpone the event

Until next time, have a great sporting week.

Air Sports

28th July to 6th August - 23rd FAI World Glider and Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships - Leszno, Poland

29th July to 7th August - 14th FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships - Torun, Poland

7th to 18th August - PWA 11th World Cup Super Final - Disentis, Switzerland

7th to 21st August - 36th FAI World Gliding Championships - Montluçon-Guéret, France


6th to 16th August - FIBA U16 Men's and Women's African Championships - Bamako, Mali

7th to 15th August - FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup - Debrecen, Hungary

Beach Volleyball

5th to 8th August - FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 1 Star - Sofia, Bulgaria

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

7th August - Kansas City International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu and Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championships 2021 - Liberty, MO, USA


10th July to 3rd August - FIDE Women's World Cup 2021 - Sochi, Russia

10th July to 6th August - FIDE World Cup 2021 - Sochi, Russia

1st to 31st August - FIDE Online Cadets & Youth Rapid World Cup - Online


3rd August - Bangladesh v Australia (1st T20I) - Mirpur, Bangladesh; West Indies v Pakistan (4th T20I) - Providence, Guyana

4th August - Bangladesh v Australia (2nd T20I) - Mirpur, Bangladesh

4th to 8th August - England v India (1st Test) - Nottingham, England

6th August - Bangladesh v Australia (3rd T20I) - Mirpur, Bangladesh; Ireland v Zimbabwe (1st ODI) - Belfast, Northern Ireland

7th August - Bangladesh v Australia (4th T20I) - Mirpur, Bangladesh

8th August - Ireland v Zimbabwe (2nd ODI) - Belfast, Northern Ireland 


7th August - 2021 UCI Artistic Cycling World Cup - Round II - Lemgo, Germany

8th August - UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup powered by - Leuven, Belgium


28th July to 8th August - International Bromont - Bromont, France

3rd August - Group 1 Racing - Prix Rothschild - Deauville, France

7th August - Group 1 Racing - Whitney Stakes; Saratoga Derby Invitation; Longines Test Stakes - Saratoga, NY, USA

8th August - 131st Longines Grosser Preis Von Berlin - Hoppegarten, Germany; Larc Prix Maurice De Gheest - Deauville, France; Keeneland Phoenix Stakes - Curragh, Ireland


1st to 25th August - 2021 IFPA Online World Footbag Freestyle Championships 

Football - Concacaf Gold Cup

2nd August - USA v Mexico - Las Vegas, NV, USA


7th August - FIFG World Tour - HUN 100 - FOB 2021 7th Stage - Balaton GC, Balatonudvari, Hungary; FIFG World Tour - AFGL New Jersey 100 - Minerals - Vernon, NJ, USA

8th August - FIFG World Tour - AFGL New Jersey 100 - Cascades - Hamburg, NJ, USA


23rd July to 8th August - Olympic Games - Tokyo 2020


5th to 8th August - Aramco Team Series - Sotogrande, Spain; Hero Open - Fife, Scotland; World Golf Championship - FedEx St Jude Invitational - Memphis, TN, USA

Mixed Martial Arts

8th August - UFC Main Card - Derrick Lewis v Ciryl Gane; Amanda Nunes v Julianna Peña; Jose Aldo v Pedro Munhoz; Michael Chiesa v Vicente Luque; Song Yadong v Casey Kenney


6th to 8th August - FIM Superbike World Championship - Czech Round - Autodrom Most, Czech Republic; FIM MotoGP World Championship - Grand Prix of Styria - Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria

8th August - FIM Motocross World Championship - MXGP of Latvia - Kegums, Latvia

Motor Racing

6th to 8th August - NTT IndyCar Series - Music City Grand Prix - Nashville, TN, USA

7th to 8th August - Formula Drift Japan - Round 3 - Sportsland Sugo, Miyagi, Japan

8th August - 2021 NASCAR Cup Series - Go Bowling at the Glen - Watkins Glen International, NY, USA


7th August - Skyrunner World Series - Tromsø, Norway

Mountain Running

7th August - WMRA World Cup Stage 5: Sierre - Zinal (Category: Long Mountain) - Zinal, Switzerland

Mounted Games

3rd to 7th August - World Team Championship - Saint-Denis-le-Ferment, France


1st to 8th August - World Padel Tour - Cervezas Victoria Málaga, Spain

4th to 8h August - FIP World Tour 2021 - Asunción, Paraguay


5th to 8th August - The Professional Tour of Pickleball - Takeya Showcase - Newport Beach, CA, USA


6th to 16th August - Richard Mille Cup - France


1st to 8th August - EPBF/Dynamic Billiards European Championships Youth 2021 - Laszko, Poland


5th to 8th August - P1 Offshore Series 2021 - Michigan, City, IN, USA

7th to 8th August - P1 Aqua Cross World Series - Michigan City, IN, USA


1st to 5th August - Asia-Oceania University Cup Powerlifting Championship - Sharjah, UAE

3rd to 8th August - European Open, Sub-Junior & Junior Equipped Powerlifting Championships - Pilsen, Czech Republic

Rodeo (Pro)

3rd August - Lea County PRCA Rodeo Xtreme Bulls - Lovington, NM, USA

3rd to 4th August - Northeast Montana Fair & Rodeo - Glasgow, MT, USA

3rd to 8th August - Iowa's Championship Rodeo - Sidney, IA, USA

4th to 7th August - Lea County PRCA Rodeo - Lovington, NM, USA; Big Sky Pro Rodeo - Great Falls, MT, USA; Gerry Volunteer Firemen's Rodeo - Gerry, NY, USA; Big Sky Pro Rodeo Permit Section - Great Falls, MT, USA

4th to 8th August - Dodge City Roundup Rodeo - Dodge City, KS, USA

5th to 6th August - Richland County Fair & Rodeo - Sidney, MT, USA

5th to 7th August - The War Bonnet Round Up - Idaho Falls, ID, USA; Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo - Abilene, KS, USA; XIT Rodeo & Reunion - Dalhart, TX, USA; Kansas' Biggest Rodeo - Phillipsburg, KS, USA; Bozeman Stampede - Bozeman, MT, USA

6th to 7th August - Bonner County Rodeo - Sandpoint, ID, USA; Mountain Valley Stampede - Heber City, UT, USA

6th to 8th August - Douglas County Fair and Rodeo - Castle Rock, CO, USA; Sundre Pro Rodeo - Sundre, AB, USA

7th August - Home On The Range Champions Ride - Sentinel Butte, ND, USA

8th to 10th August - Larimer County Fair & Rodeo - Loveland, CO, USA

all with payouts of $20,000 and above

Roller Sports

4th to 8th August - 2nd African Inline Freestyle Championship; 4th African Inline Speed Skating Championship - Cotonou, Benin


7th August - 2021 Spikeball Tournament Series - Weymouth, MA, USA

Rugby Union

7th August - New Zealand v Australia - Auckland, New Zealand; South Africa v B&I Lions - Cape Town, South Africa

Sled Dog Racing

7th to 8th August - IFSS World Cup - Wilddog Derby - Mount Crawford, SA, Australia


28th July to 5th August - International Cadet Class World Championship - Fraglia della Vela Riva, Italy

31st July to 6th August - RS Aero European Championship - Lake Garda, Italy

31st July to 7th August - Optimist African American Championship - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

2nd to 6th August - RS500 World Championship - Lake Como, Italy

2nd to 14th August - Europe Class - Youth and Masters European Championships - CN El Masnou, Spain

6th to 14th August - Alexela ORC World Championships - Tallinn, Estonia

7th to 14th August - ILCA 4 Youth World Championships - Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

7th to 15th August - 2021 J/70 World Championship - Marina del Rey, CA, USA


18th July to 6th August - 2021 Championship League Stage One - Leicester, England

7th to 8th August - WWS English Women's Open 2021 - Leeds, England


3rd to 6th August - PAS World Tour - British National Championships 2021 - Manchester, England


7th August - MLO Strongman Champions League - SCL Portugal - Eposende, Portugal

Table Soccer

6th to 8th August - ITSF Masters Tour - Varna Foosball Masters 2021 - Varna, Bulgaria

7th to 8th August - ITSF Masters Tour 2021 - Liestal, Switzerland


2nd to 8th August - Winners Open 2021 (WTA) - Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Thoreau Tennis Open 125 (WTA) - Concord, MA, USA; Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic (WTA) - San Jose, CA, USA; Citi Open (ATP) - Washington, DC, USA


7th August - IRONMAN Tallinn - Tallinn, Estonia

8th August - IRONMAN Gdynia - Gdynia, Poland

Waterski & Wakeboarding

3rd to 5th August - 2020 & 2021 IWWF E&A U17 Youth Championships - Seseña, Toledo, Spain

6th to 8th August - 2020 & 2021 IWWF E&A U21 Championships - Seseña, Toledo, Spain


5th to 8th August - Pan-American Masters Championships - Orlando, FL, USA

* We have listed the above events based on the best information we can obtain. Some of these may be postponed or cancelled.

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