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The Weekly Sports Review

Monday, 12th September

The Spikeball Roundnet World Championship

Houthalen-Helchteren in Belgium made history over the weekend by hosting the first ever Roundnet World Championship. Created back in 1989, the sport is growing in popularity as the International Roundnet Federation is tasked with managing the game worldwide. Normally played between two teams of two players, the equipment includes a ball and a trampoline-like net spread over circular frame. The frame is placed on a grass surface on short stands. The game starts with a serve on the net, while the opponent is required to bounce the ball back on the same net. This can be done with any body part. Play comes to an end when the ball cannot be returned. Walter Tempelman of Discover the Games (www.discoverthegames.com) was at the world championship and provided the following image of Dutch athlete Eline Meijer.

We continue with results and news as Portugal's Diogo Ribeiro became one of the standout performers at the 8th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima. Ribeiro set a new junior world record on route to his third gold medal in the 50m butterfly event. Zurich closed off the prestigious Diamond League during the week. Over thirty athletes claimed the top prize in the various disciplines. Father and son Wilhelm and Benjamin Eimers of Germany claimed the 65th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the popular hot air balloon race. They flew a distance of 1572.36km from St. Gallen in Switzerland to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, close to the Turkish border. Spain's women have become the first team since 2010 to retain their European Water Polo title after beating Greece in the final. Not to be outdone, Croatia's men completed the same feat beating Hungary in their final. 

In squash news, Egypt's Mohamed ElShorbagy lifted the first Platinum trophy of the season, the QTerminals Qatar Classic, that forms part of the Professional Squash Association World Tour. Taiwan's Chou Chieh-Yu has been crowned the 2022 Predator World Women’s 10-Ball Pool Champion. In rugby union and in particular the Rugby World Cup Sevens that featured in Cape Town over the weekend, Australia's women and Fiji's men are crowned the new champions. Sri Lanka performed brilliantly to beat Pakistan by 23 runs and claim the Asia Cup, a T20 International tournament held in the United Arab Emirates. Australia claimed their first ever FIBA Basketball U18 Women’s Asian Championship Division A title by beating China 81-55 in Bengaluru, India. In cycling news, Belgium's star cyclist Remco Evenepoel claimed La Vuelta 22 as the final stage completed in Madrid on Sunday. In the Challenge by La Vuelta, Dutch star Annemiek van Vleuten dominated the overall standings for the second year in a row. Spain's Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez won the ProSeries Tour of Britain. 

Poland's Bartosz Zmarzlik closes in on the FIM Speedway Grand Prix title after winning in Vojens, Denmark, over the weekend. There are two more rounds remaining. Toyota claimed a 1-2 at the 6 Hours of Fuji on Sunday, the penultimate race of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Australia's Will Power wrote a new chapter on Saturday at the INDYCAR Series by setting his 68th career pole. Power also became the 2022 champion with the final race of the season at Monterey, California, on Sunday. USA won their first ever Sail Grand Prix event as they beat New Zealand in Saint-Tropez on Sunday. France's Leonie Periault and Hungary's Csongor Lehmann have won the 2022 World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. At the US Tennis Open, Britain's Joe Salisbury and America's Rajeev Ram became the first doubles partners to retain the men's title this century. Poland's sensation Iga Świątek claimed her third Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, while the men's singles title was won by Spain's Carlos Alcaraz, who also now moves to the No.1 spot on the ATP rankings.

Finally, in golf news the DP World Tour has launched the Hero Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event that is intended to help Europe regain the Ryder Cup trophy. Until next time, have a great week in sport.

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