Five things to know from what happened in the world of sport. March 16-22, 2021.
- No ninth in a row. Pavel Andreev (RUS) had won the last eight Winter Triathlon World Championships in a row but this time he had to settle with the silver, after being beaten by Hans Christian Tung (NOR) at the World Championship in Andorra. Norway also won gold win the 2×2 Mixed Relay and Sandra Mairhofer (ITA) won the women’s division Watch a small video of the Championship (Turiski)
- Norway in the end. The 2020/21 Biathlon World Cup concluded and Norway won almost every title. Johannes Thingnes Bø (NOR) and Tiril Eckhoff (NOR) took both the Overall and Sprint titles. In addition, Eckhoff won the pursuit title and won her 7th World Cup Sprint race in a row by taking the gold in Östersund (SWE). (Watch the season highlights – IBU)
- Snowboard. This week had a lot of action with World Cups and a World Championship concluding. Some highlights: Chloe Kim (USA) and Yūto Totsuka (JPN) concluded the Halfpipe World Cup season unbeaten by winning in Aspen; Mark McMorris (CAN) won his first World Championship gold (Big Air) having previously won 9 X-Games golds; Aaron March (ITA) won the Parallel World Cup season finale plus the overall Parallel and Parallel Slalom titles; in Snowboard Cross two skiers won the World Cup for the third year in a row: Alessandro Hämmerle (AUT) and Eva Samková (CZE). The Alpine Ski World Cup also concluded, with Alexis Pinturault and Petra Vlhová (SVK) as the Champions (watch Pinturault’s title-clinching run – FIS
- Another Estrada. An unrelated Estrada also won a big boxing fight this week. This time, Seniesa Estrada (USA) convincingly defeated the all-time best Women’s Minimumweight, Anabel Ortiz (MEX), to take the World Boxing Association World Female Minimum Title. Ortiz had never lost in this weight class. Meanwhile in Russia, Artur Beterbiev (RUS) defended his Light Heavyweight World Title against Dienes (DEU) – Watch the highlights (Top Rank)
- All-Japan or All England Open? Japanese players won four out of five Finals t the All England Open Badminton Championships. The only Division they did not win was Men’s Singles, where World Champion Kento Momota (JPN) dropped in Quarters against Lee Zii Jia (MYS), who went on to take the title against #2 seed Viktor Axelsen (DNK) in the Final. Watch an amazing point in the Mixed Doubles Final (BWF)