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9th to 15th August

There is still a final day remaining at the Tokyo Olympics and we can all agree that over the past six days we have seen fantastic achievements across a number of sports. We will review as many as possible. Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah became the second-fastest women in history as she defended her 100m title with a new Olympic record. Poland also made history by setting a new Olympic record in the Mixed 4x400m relay event. Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas set a new world record and won the gold in the Women's Triple Jump The win many perhaps were not expecting came in the Men's 100m final, when Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs claimed the gold medal. His time was 9.80 seconds and significantly he only broke the 10-second barrier for the first time in May. Team GB's Charlotte Worthington has a special achievement to her name. She received a 97.50 from the judges after completing a 360 backflip, a trick never before achieved at a Women's BMX Freestyle Division. 

In Wrestling Mijaín López Núñez of Cuba joined the most elite club when he became only the second wrestler in history to win a four-time Olympic gold medal. Lopez competes in the Greco-Roman 130kg level and joins Japan's Kaori Icho with a quartet of Olympic gold medals. Norway's Karsten Warholm smashed his own 400m Hurdles world record to claim the gold. The 29-year-old record was also only broken last month. Not to be outdone, USA's superstar Sidney McLaughlin also broke her 400m Hurdles world record and claimed the gold. Her main rival and compatriot, Dalilah Muhammad, won the silver and together they have now exchanged the world best on four occasions in two years. Italy narrowly took gold in the Cycling Track Team Pursuit, breaking the world record in the process. Dutch rider Shanne Braspennincx won gold in the Women's Keirin, six years after suffering a heart attack. Staying on the track, for Britain a major milestone was achieved when Laura Kenny became the first British woman to win gold at three Olympics. 

Stepping away from the Olympic Games where earlier in the week the FIDE Men's and Women's Chess World Cups concluded in Sochi. Local star Alexandra Kosteniuk won the women's title, while Poland's Jan-Krzysztof Duda claimed the honours for the men. In football, USA overcame Mexico at the Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, to claim the Concacaf Gold Cup. In cricket Bangladesh completed their first-ever series win over Australia after winning the third T20I in Dhaka to take an unassailable lead. Lastly, we mentioned that Australia and New Zealand had earlier pulled out of the Rugby League World scheduled for later this year. Unfortunately, International Rugby League, the world governing body for the sport, had decided to postpone the showpiece event until 2022.

Until next time, have a great week in sport.

Air Sports

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

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

9th to 14th August - 5th FAI Junior World Hot Air Balloon Championship - Lezno, Poland

10th to 20th August - 2021 FAI World Parachuting Championships - Mondial - Tanay/Kemerovo, Russia

Arm Wrestling

10th to 18th August - Asian Armwrestling Championships - Almaty, Kazakhstan

Basketball

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

10th to 15th August - FIBA European Championship for Smaller Nations - Dublin, Ireland

Beach Soccer

13th to 15th August - Women's Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup 2021 - Moscow, Russia

Bodybuilding

13th to 15th August - Central American and Caribbean Championships - San Salvador, El Salvador

Boxing

10th to 20th August - AIBA Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships - Saraevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Casting Sport

12th to 15th August - Juniors World Championships in Castingsport & U19 Special - Szamotuly, Poland

Chess

13th to August to 15th September - FIDE Online Olympia 2021

Cliff Diving

14th August - Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series - Oslo, Norway

Cricket

9th August - Bangladesh v Australia (5th T20I) - Mirpur, Bangladesh

12th to 16th August - England v India (2nd Test) - London, Great Britain; West Indies v Pakistan (1st Test) - Kingston, Jamaica

Cycling

9th to 15th August - UCI WorldTour - Tour de Pologne - Poland

12th to 15th August - UCI Women's WorldTour - Ladies Tour of Norway - Norway

14th August - UCI WorldTour - La Vuelta Ciclista a España - Spain

14th to 15th August - 2021 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup - Maribor, Slovenia

15th August - UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup powered by Citymountainbike.com - Oudenaarde, Belgium

Equestrian

13th to 15th August - Longines Global Champions League - London, Great Britain

14th August - Group 1 Racing - Beverly Derby Stakes; Bruce Derby Stakes; Mister Derby Stakes - Arlington Park, Chicago, IL, USA; Fourstardave Handicap - Saratoga, NY, USA 

15th August - Group 1 Racing - Prix Du Haras De Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois - Deauville, France

Footbag

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

Freestyle Football

12th to 31st August - World Youth Freestyle Football Championship - Online

Golf

12th to 15th August - Trust Golf Women's Scottish Open - Dumbarnie Links, Scotland; Cazoo Classic - Ash, Kent, England; Wyndham Championship - Greensboro, NC, USA

Hockey

15th to 21st August - Eurohockey Championship II (Men) - Gniezno, Poland; Eurohockey Championship II (Women) - Prague, Czech Republic

Judo

13th to 14th August - Pan-American Cadet and Junior Championships 2021 - Cali, Colombia

Motorcycling

13th to 14th August - NTT IndyCar Series - Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix - Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IN, USA

14th August - Progressive American Flat Track - New York ST II - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY, USA

Motor Racing

13th to 15th August - FIM MotoGP World Championship - Grand Prix von Österreich - Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria; FIA World Rally Championship - Rally Belgium - Ypres, Belgium

14th to 15th August - FIA Formula E World Championship - Round 14 & 15 - Berlin, Germany

15th August - 2021 NASCAR Cup Series - Verizon 200 at the Brickyard - Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IN, USA

Mountain Running

15th August - World Cup Stage 6: Krkonosky Half Marathon (Category: Classic Mountain) - Jasnke Lazne, Czech Republic

Padel

8th to 15th August - World Padel Tour - La Nućia, Spain

9th to 14th August - FIP World Tour 2021 - Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain

Pickleball

13th to 15th August - PPA Rocky Mountain Championships - Denver, CO, USA

Polo

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

12th to 30th August - Coupe d'Or - France

Pool-Billiards

12th to 14th August - Euro Tour - Dynamic Billiard Laszko Open Men - Laszko, Slovenia

14th to 15th August - Euro Tour - Predator Laszko Open Women - Laszko, Slovenia

Racquetball

12th to 15th August - World Singles & Doubles Championships - LPRT & IRT Grand Slam - Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

Rodeo (Pro)

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

9th to 11th August - Jerome County Fair and Rodeo - Jerome, ID, USA

10th to 11th August - Field of Dreams Stampede - La Crete, AB, USA

11th to 14th August - Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo - Sikeston, MO, USA; Farm-City Pro Rodeo - Hermiston, OR, USA; Inter-State Rodeo - Coffeyville, KS, USA

12th to 13th August - Cashe County Fair and Rodeo - Logan, UT, USA

12th to 14th August - Missoula Stampede - Missoula, MT, USA

12th to 15th August - Omak Stampede - Omak, WA, USA

13th to 14th August - Summit County Fair & Rodeo - Coalville, UT, USA; Cascade Pro Rodeo - Cascade, MT, USA

14th August - Sioux Empire Fair Rodeo - Sioux Falls, SD, USA

14th to 15th August - Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo - Oakdale, CA, USA

All denotes prize money of $20,000 and above

Rogaining

14th to 15th August - 17th World Rogaining Championship 2021 - Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

Roundnet

14th August - 2021 Spikeball Tournament Series - Regional Athletic Complex, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Rowing

11th to 15th August - 2021 World Rowing Junior Championships - Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Rugby Union

14th August - New Zealand v Australia - Auckland, New Zealand; South Africa v Argentina - Gqeberha, South Africa

Sailing

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

6th to 14th August - Alexela OCR 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 - California YC, Marina del Rey, CA, USA

9th to 14th August - 2021 Youth Match Racing World Championship - Newport Beach, CA, USA

9th to 15th August - H-Boat World Championship - Struer Sejlklub, Denmark

10th to 14th August - 5.5 Metre World Championship - Hanko, Norway

10th to 17th August - Techno 293 Plus World Championship - Bodrum, Turkey

14th to 22nd August - 12MR World Championship - Helsinki, Finland

Sambo

14th to 15th August - International Sambo Tournament - M Burdikov Memorial - Kstovo, Russia

Snooker

9th to 13th August - 2021 BetVictor Championship League Stage Two and Three - Leicester, England

Squash

9th to 13th August - PSA World Tour - Manchester Open 2021 - Manchester, England

Surfing

10th to 19th August - World Surf League Women's and Men's Championship Tour - Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico

Table Hockey

12th to 15th August - ITHF World Table Hockey Championship 2021 - Tallinn, Estonia

Table Soccer

13th to 15th August - ITSF Pro Tour - Lake Challenger 2021 - Hofstetten-Grünau, Austria

Tennis

9th to 15th August - National Bank Open (WTA/ATP) - Montreal, Canada

15th to 22nd August - Western & Southern Open (ATP) - Cincinnati, OH, USA

Triathlon

13th to 15th August - Groupe Copley 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Montreal - Montreal, Canada

14th August - IRONMAN Finland, Kuopio-Tahko - Kuopio-Tahko, Finland

15th August - IRONMAN Kazakhstan - Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; IRONMAN European Championship - Frankfurt, Germany

Volleyball

9th to 14th August - World Deaf Beach Volleyball Championships - Sulejow, Poland

Wiffle Ball

14th to 15th August - 42nd World Wiffle Ball Championship - Memorial Park in Midlothian, IL, USA

Wrestling

13th to 14th August - UWW Cadet and Juniors World Championships - Ufa, Russia

* 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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