Your Weekday Sports Review

17th - 21st April

World Curling in Gangneung

Twenty four nations for men and fifteen for women are present in Gangneung, a city located on the east coast of South Korea, for the World Senior Curling Championships 2023. They are joined on Saturday by the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2023 that will both end in just over a week. Wade White (CAN) and Cristina Lestander (SUI) are the title holders from 2022, while Scotland are the defending champions in Mixed Doubles. 

With more than a week scheduled before a winner will be named at the International Chess Federation World Championship Match 2023 held in Astana, Kazakhstan, Ian Nepomniachtchi still holds the lead 5:4 over Ding Liren. Game nine ended in a draw and lasted for six hours, the longest in the tournament so far. In separate chess news, the best women's players in the world featured in a unique three-day event that ended in a "World vs Kazakhstan" Blitz tournament. Team World defeated Kazakhstan 73:55.

The week began on Monday with a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label race. Kenya reigned in the Boston Marathon as Evans Chebet successfully defended his title, with Hellen Obiri triumphing in the women’s race. In Field Hockey news, Argentina's men and USA's women reigned at the Junior Pan American Championship 2023 hosted by St. Michael in Barbados. 

Tadej Pogačar (SLO) continues his dominant form in road cycling by winning La Flèche Wallonne, a UCI WorldTour day-race held in Belgium on Wednesday. The same can be said of Demi Vollering as the Dutch star claimed La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, a UCI Women's WorldTour race. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR) won the Tour of the Alps today that was held in Italy, the only UCI ProSeries race of the week.

So far Kyren Wilson stands to earn an extra £55,000 should his 147 maximum break achieved on Wednesday not get equalled at the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield. The final will be played on Monday, 1st May. In Darts news, Nathan Aspinall (ENG) achieved his first nightly win of Professional Darts Corporation Premier League. World Aquatics presented the Women's Water Polo World Cup 2023, Division 1, acting as a qualification event for the World Cup. In Group A, Netherlands, Greece, and Hungary have booked their places, while in Group B it was USA, Italy, and Spain.

Victor Diaz de Leon (ARG) called the shots, while John Sommi (USA) skippered Veracity to victory in the AON Etchells World Championship 2023 held in Miami, Florida. The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida hosted the 2023 ICU Junior World & World Cheerleading Championships. Follow the link and scroll down the page for access to the results of both competitions.

Haifa in Israel hosted the popular combat sport Sambo as Europe's best contested the European Sambo Championships. Full results can be viewed here:

Until next time, have a great weekend in sport.

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