12th - 16th June
We begin our review with a reflection of very sad news at the Tour de Suisse, a UCI WorldTour road race. Popular Swiss rider Gino Mader passed away this morning from injuries sustained during a cycling accident in stage five. Mader was involved in a high-speed crash while descending the Albula Pass, leading to a fall into a ravine. Friday's stage six was cancelled and as a mark of respect, the entire peloton rode the final 20km neutralised in honour of Gino Mader. The tour completes on Sunday.
Two chess tournaments completed on Monday. At the 2023 Asian Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan, India's Divya Deshmukh and Uzbekistan's Shamsiddin Vohidov have been crowned the women's and men's champions. Georgia's Batumi hosted the 2023 FIDE World Cadets & Youth Blitz and Rapid Championship. Up to twelve titles were awarded and the full results can be viewed here:
It took a 47-year wait for the championship trophy, but for the Denver Nuggets it was all worth it as they emphatically sealed the NBA title with a 4-1 series win over the Miami Heat. Lenny Martinez of France became the champion of the CIC - Mont Ventoux, a UCI ProSeries day-race in France on Tuesday. Fans of backgammon can also follow or participate in competitions online. Here the World Backgammon Internet Federation has been instrumental in helping to grow the popularity of the game. While the World Individual Championship and the World Speed Championship are in progress, a recent World Cup completed today. Brazil's Eduardo Costa defeated Australia's Martin Pikler for the title.
The week has been highlighted with fantastic performances in athletics. At the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting in Turku, Finland, Czechia's Jakub Vadlejch completed a world-leading javelin throw of 89.51m, while Sweden's Daniel Stahl reached 70.38m in the discus. At the Bislett Games in Norway, a Diamond League Meeting, Kenya's Beatrice Chebet dominated the women's 3000m to record a time of 8:25.01, a world lead and meeting record. USA's Erriyon Knighton clocked a season's best and meeting record of 19.77 in the men's 200m. The Netherland's Femke Bol continued her incredible form with another world lead in the women's 400m of 52.30. Poland's Wojciech Nowicki completed a world-lead hammer throw of 81.92m. Home hero Karsten Warholm ran the men's 400m in 46.52, his fastest and the fifth time below 47 seconds. Fellow countryman Jakob Ingebrigtsen then became the first European to run the men's 1500m in 3:27.95. Finally, Marie Josée Ta Lou ran a world-leading 10:75 in the women's 100m
In sailing news, Brazil has won the 54th World Military Championship that was hosted by Piraeus, Greece. The Global Kitesports Association held a Big Air event in Tarifa, Spain. USA's Mikaili Sol and Italy's Andrea Principi claimed victory in the women's and men's Big Air Twin-Tip. The Big Air Surfboard World Champion titles went to Switzerland Camille Losserand and Australia's James Carew. France's Charles Brodel took victory in the Big Air Hydrofoil. USA's Ana Gibson and Italy's Andrea Rostan became champions in the mountain trails near Lake Tahoe World Mountain Running Association Broken Arrow Vertical Race.
Until next time, have a great weekend in sport.