It all just seems to happen so quickly at the moment. No sooner does one major event finish than another one has popped up to replace it. Yesterday’s news will be wrapping tomorrow’s fish and chips, and all that.
Cricket – England win the World Cup
England triumphed over India in a topsy-turvy World Cup final thanks to a wonderful final spell of bowling by Anya Shrubsole. India looked to be on their way to victory, before collapsing from 191-3 to 219 all out, chasing as target of 229 to win.
Football – England on course for the quarter-finals, but Scotland are in trouble
England followed up their 6-0 trouncing of Home Nations rivals Scotland with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Spain in their second group match, thanks to goals from Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor. Although not mathematically certain to qualify, England know that they need only avoid defeat in their final group match against Portugal to top the group and qualify for the quarter-finals. By comparison, Scotland look to be heading home after slipping to their second defeat in a week, losing 2-1 to Portugal. Scotland looked like they may have a chance to claw themselves back into contention when Erin Cuthbert scored with a fine curling strike to cancel out Carolina Mendes’s opener, but Ana Leite quickly restored Portugal’s lead. Scotland must defeat Spain by two clear goals in their final game on Thursday and hope that England defeat Portgual.
Para-Athletics – Britain enjoys best-ever World Championships with 39 medals
Hannah Cockroft, Georgie Hermitage and Samantha Kinghorn led the way for Britain’s para-athletes at the World Championships in London. Britain won 18 gold medals in a total of 39 to finish third in the medal table, behind China and the USA. Cockroft continued her domination of the T34 class, winning the 100m, 400m and 800m events, while Hermitage won the T37 100m and 400m and Kinghorn triumphed in the T53 100m and 200m, and also took home bronze medals in the T53 400m and the T34 800m. Other notable medallists included: Sophie Hahn, who won the T38 100m and 200m titles; Kadeena Cox, who won the T38 400m; Sophie Kamlish, who won the T44 100m; Stef Reid, who won the T44 long jump; Olivia Breen, who won the T38 long jump; and Hollie Arnold, who won the F46 javelin.
Lacrosse – USA defeat Canada in World Cup final, while England take bronze with golden goal victory over Australia
USA finished the lacrosse World Cup tournament the way they have played throughout, with a dominant 10-5 victory over Canada in the final. The US raced to an 8-1 lead midway through the second half, before Canada came back strongly to make the final score respectable. In the bronze medal match, England scored an exciting golden goal to take the win against a strong Australia side.
Hockey – England take bronze as USA win World League in Johannesburg
From the 8th-23rd July, Johannesburg has played host to ten of the world’s best women’s hockey nations, in a tournament acting as a semi-final for the FIH World League 2016-17. The first semi-final took place in Brussels from 21st June-2nd July, and saw the Netherlands, China and South Korea qualify for the final, which will take place in Auckland from 17th-26th November. New Zealand qualify automatically as hosts, meaning that the top four from the Johannesburg semi-final would go through to the final. After a hard-fought tournament, the USA took first place after defeating Germany in a shoot-out, and England took the bronze medal match after defeating Argentina, who also qualify for the finals.
Swimming – World Swimming Championships start in Budapest
With the synchro, open water and diving competitions completed (bar the high dive which takes place 28th-30th July), and the water polo starting the knockout phase this week, attention turns to the swimming, which started on the 23rd July and runs through to the 30th July. Hosts Hungary are traditionally considered to be very enthusiastic about their aquatic sports, so a fantastic atmosphere is expected.
COMING UP THIS WEEK
- Football: UEFA European Championships, Netherlands – July 16th-August 6th
- Portugal v England – July 27th, 8:45pm
- Scotland v Spain – July 27th, 8:45pm
- Swimming/Aquatics: FINA World Championships, Budapest, Hungary – July 14th-30th
- Parasport: Deaflympics, Turkey – July 18th-30th
- Fencing: World Championships, Leipzig, Germany – July 19th-26th
- BMX: UCI World Championships, Rock Hill, USA – July 24th-30th
- Tennis: Swedish Open (WTA International), Båstad, Sweden – July 24th-30th
- Tennis: Jiangxi Open (WTA International), Nanchang, China – July 24th-30th