Gold: Lewis Hamilton
(England, Auto Racing)
Lewis Hamilton keeps on breaking records. One week after breaking the Formula 1 win record, he extended it to 93 by winning the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, Italy. But the most remarkable was that he and teammate Valtteri Bottas (FIN) clinched the Constructors’ Championship for a seventh consecutive time, breaking Ferrari’s record of six, from 1999 to 2004. Hamilton’s win is the ninth of the year, out of thirteen races.
Bottas took pole position but a timely Virtual Safety Car for Hamilton and mechanical problems relegated him to second. Max Verstappen (NET, Red Bull) was running second when a tyre failed and forced him to retire. Sergio Pérez (MEX, Racing Point) was set to inherit a well-deserved first podium in the season but incredibly he was pitted -while he had fresher tyres than his rivals- and his team gave Daniel Ricciardo (AUS, Renault) a nice present with another podium and third place in the Constructors’ Championship. Racing Point fell to fifth with that decision.
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Silver: Los Angeles Dodgers
(United States of America, Auto Racing)
The Los Ángeles Dodgers finally won the Major League Baseball World Series, having reached this phase three of the last four years, but with a 32 year-old Championship drought. The Dodgers had the best 40-game start in MLB (30-10) since the Mariners in 2001 (31-9) and finished the regular season 43-17, the best winning rate in a century. They swept the playoff series against the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Diego Padres, came back from being against the ropes against the Atlanta Braves, and then defeated Tampa Bay 4-2 for their 24th pennant, more than any other National League team. Shortstop Corey Seager (USA) was the World Series MVP -he had previously been the League Championship MVP-, while Víctor González (MEX) took the final win and countryman Julio Urías (MEX) was awarded the save. Mookie Betts (USA, RF), was another MVP candidate.
Champion Roster: Kenley Jansen (CUW), Pedro Báez, Dennis Santana (DOM), Julio Urías, Víctor González (MEX), Edwin Ríos, Enrique Hernández (PUR), Alex Wood, Mitch White, Justin Turner, Blake Treinen, Chris Taylor, Ross Stripling, Will Smith, Corey Seager, Josh Sborz, AJ Pollock, Joc Pederson, Max Muncy, Zach McKinstry, Jake McGee, Dustin May, Gavin Lux, Adam Kolarek, Clayton Kershaw, Joe Kelly, Terrance Gore, Tony Gonsolin, Dylan Floro, Caleb Ferguson, Walker Buehler, Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Matt Beaty, Austin Barnes, Scott Alexander (USA), Keibert Ruiz, Brusdar Graterol (VEN)
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Bronze: Gervonta Davis
(United States of America, Boxing)
Gervonta Davis frustrated Leo Santa Cruz’ (MEX) attempt to be the third boxer to hold World Championships in three divisions simultaneously by knocking him out with a huge uppercut in the sixth round after Leo decided he could hold his punches and decided to trade. It was a very competitive fight until then and a “Fight of the year” candidate. With this win, he became one of the very few boxers in history that have won a fight for World Championship belts in two divisions simultaneously, by taking the World Boxing Association Super Featherweight Super World Title and the WBA Lightweight World Title. His immaculate record is now of 24 wins, 23 by way of knockout, including all of his last 15 fights.
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