Five things to know from what happened in the world of sport. December 8-14, 2020.
- Ryan Moore historic in Hong Kong. Jockey Ryan Moore (ENG) became the fourth person to win the Hong Kong International races slam. He won the Hong Kong Vase (riding Irish-trained Mogul (ENG)) and Sprint (riding Danon Smash (JPN) at the Turf World Championships and finished third at the Cup and Mile, which he has won before. Review last week’s Horse Racing action (The Sportspedia)
- The rains down in Africa. Nicky Catsburg (NED) has had a great year winning the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, a World Touring Car Cup race and two Intercontinental GT Challenge Races: the 8 Hours of Indianapolis and the Kyalami 9 Hours. That last win with Augusto Farfus Jr (BRA) and local driver Sheldon van der Linde (ZAF) under the South African rain gave him and Farfus the Championship, while Porsche took the manufacturers title. Read the report (The Sportspedia)
- Nakamura’s Speed Chess. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) won the Speed Chess Championship for a third time by defeating exciting Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA), who had defeated Magnus Carlson (NOR) one day prior. The Frenchman played very well but Nakamura took it 16-12. Read our report (The Sportspedia)
- Oh! An-tho-ny Jo-shua! Some fans were present to witness Anthony Joshua succesfully defend his WBO World, WBA World and IBF World, and IBO Heavyweight Championships by knocking Kubrat Pulev (BGR) out. Joshua looked complete and totally dominated a strong Pulev, who had only lost to Wladimir Klitschko (UKR). Everything looks set for a unification fight against Tyson Fury (ENG). In the US, Chris Colbert (USA) successfully defended his World Boxing Association Super Featherweight Interim World Title by Knocking Jaime Arboleda (PAN) out in 11 rounds in a fight full of bombing exchanges (Read our report).
- eSports world. Several esports had big tournaments Shane Hendrixson (USA) made his #1 status valid by taking the Pro League Season 2: Stage 1 Finals. Cho “Trap” Sung Ho (KOR) won the AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament (Starcraft II) beating all the top Korean players. Sayed “Tekken Master” Hashim Ahmed (BHR) won Mortal Kombat’s Dragon Temple, and Sato “glory” Kenta won the Hearthstone World Championship. Cycling also had its Esports World Championship and a rower beat some of the best cyclists in the world using leg-powered Zwift (Watch the highlights – UCI).