This week’s Global Podium for the best sportspeople in the world features John Force, Rafael Nadal and Hannah Cockroft.

The Sportspedia’s Global Podium features the three sportspeople or teams that best achieved excellence in performance last week through their milestones and results

John Force

Gold: John Force
(United States of America, Auto Racing)

John Force had to sit out most of the 2020 NHRA season but he is back, with his first win in two years. His Funny Car win at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, is his 152nd, which extends his all-time record, at age 72.

Watch the Final round (NHRA)

Rafael Nadal

Silver: Rafael Nadal
(Spain, Tennis)

Rafael Nadal defeated World’s #1, Novak Djokovic (SRB), to win the Italian Open, an ATP Masters 1000 tournament, in 3 sets. Nadal won his record 10th Italian Open title, which is also a record 61st clay court title, record 18th consecutive year winning an ATP title. He of course also has the record for most clay matches won.

Watch the Final highlights (Tennis TV)

Bronze: Hannah Cockroft
(England, Para Athletics)

Cockroft smashed her own World Record for the 800 meters T34 class by taking the gold medal at the 2021 World Para Athletics Grand Prix Nottwil (SUI) with a time of 1:50.91, almost five seconds faster than the record she set in 2017. She also took the gold medal in the 100 meters T38.

Watch the Day 1 action (Paralympic Games)