Ten things to know from last week. April 19-25, 2022: Fury's potential last fight, Ferrari loses in Italy, X-Games...
Five things to know from last week
Fury’s last outing? Tyson Fury (ENG) dominated Dillian Wyte (ENG) before knocking him out with a right uppercut in the sixth round, to successfully defend his World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title, in a packed Wembley, that saw the largest attendance for a boxing fight in Europe. He hinted this could be his last fight.
Guarda! Red Bull delivered a blow to Ferrari in Italy, as they completed a 1-2 in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola, with Max Verstappen (NED) ahead of Sergio Pérez (MEX), who defended well from Charles Leclerc (MCO, Ferrari), who left the track and then only recovered to 6th. The other Ferrari driver, Carlos Sainz (ESP), crashed again. Lando Norris (ENG, McLaren) was third. In Croatia, Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen (FIN, Toyota) won their second World Rally in a row, as they snatched the win from Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja (EST, Hyundai) in the last stage, winning by 4 seconds. In Texas, two women won the last NHRA event in Houston. Local Erica Enders (USA) beat breakthrough star Camrie Caruso (USA) in the first all-female category in Pro Stock. Brittany Force (USA) won in Top Fuel.
Cycling. Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) had an excellent week, as she finished second in the La Flèche Wallonne behind Marta Cavalli (ITA) and four days later she won the Liège–Bastogne–Liège. On the Men’s side, Dylan Teuns became the first Belgian to win La Flèche since 2011. Remco Evenepoel led a Belgian 1-2-3, also in the first Belgian win since 2011. World Champion at the Liège–Bastogne–Liège -both times Philippe Gilbert had won-, and Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) suffered a collapsed lung and broken ribs in an accident. In Track Cycling, Katie Archibald (SCO) was dominating her home Nations Cup event in Glasgow until she was crashed out in the Omnium’s Points race. Yumi Kajihara (JPN) won that event, as well as the Elimination. Harrie Lavreysen (NED) won the Men’s Sprint.
Cyborg. Cristiane Justino ‘Cyborg’ (BRA/USA) beat Arlene Blencowe (AUS) to successfully defend the Bellator Women’s Featherweight World Championship for the fourth time which is a men’s and women’s joint record number of World title defenses. Raufeon Stots (USA) knocked Juan Archuleta (USA) out for the interim Bellator Bantamweight World Championship.
Hong Kong record. Golden Sixty (AUS) broke the record for most horse races won in Hong Kong, with 21 wins -eight of them Grade I wins-, by winning the Champions Mile for the second year in a row, which was also the third in a row for jockey Vincent C Y Ho (HKG).
Esports. OpTic Gaming (USA) won the first VALORANT Champions Tour event of the year, in Iceland, bringing the second major title to the organization in two months. In Smash, William “Glutonny” Belaid (FRA) pulled the upset against Leonardo “MkLeo” López Pérez (MEX) to win the Smash World Tour Ultimate’s Pound 2022. The Melee tournament was won by Zain Naghmi (USA) in singles, and by Matt “Polish” Warshaw (USA) and Linus “Pipsqueak” Nordin (SWE) in Doubles. In Trackmania, the Grand League Spring Final was won by Patrick “Mudda” Radisich (AUS), who beat Carl-Antoni “Carl Jr.” Clouthier (CAN) on the line.
Ultra Records. Aleksandr Sorokin (LTU) broke several records en route to winning the Centurion Running Track 100 Mile in Bedford, England in the 100-kilometer category. He broke the 100 Kilometer World Record at 6:05:40, as well as the 6 Hour World Record, running 98.496km. Alexander Whearity (ENG) won the 100-Mile race.
Finswimming record. Max Poschart (DEU) broke his own 100-meter Finswimming World Record that he had set back in 2017 (33.87), as he timed 33.71 seconds at the start of the winning SC DHfK 4×100 Relay at the Finswimming World Cup in Leipzig. He also won gold medals in the 50 meters, 100 meters, and 50 meters apnea, and was also the fastest in the 200 meters but technically was not ranked, as he could only officially compete in four categories.
A lesson in humility. Jimmy Wilkins (USA) won his fifth X-Games gold medal in Skateboard Vert, which brings him now an unprecedented total of four consecutive gold medals, after winning the competitions in Minneapolis (2018 and 2019), Southern California (2021), and Chiba (2022). In the Vert Best Trick, Mitchie Busco (USA) won his first gold medal in the category, ahead of the child prodigy Gui Khury (BRA), who threw another 1080 and celebrated before time, expecting a win. 14-year-old Rayssa Leal (BRA) won the Women’s Skateboard Street, while Japanese skaters dominated the Men’s competition, with Yuto Horigome taking gold. Other notable wins included the third gold medal in Moto X Best Whip by Tom Parsons (USA), and the third in BMX Park by Olympic and World Champion, Logan Martin (AUS). These X-Games also saw the return of BMX Flatland, which was won by Kio Hayakawa (JPN), beating 44-year-old Alex Jumelin (FRA), who had already participated five times in the X-Games when the category was discontinued, in 2003.
The first for the Champion. Fabio Quartarato (FRA), MotoGP Champion, won his first race this season, taking the fifth round in Algarve, Portugal. There, the Moto2 was bizarre. Over 10 riders -including the leaders- fell down in the same turn when the rain started pouring, forcing a red flag. Joe Roberts (USA) won. The Superbike World Championship saw six-times World Champion Jonathan Rea (NIR) win the first two races in Assen before falling along Champion Toprak Razgatlıoğlu (TUR), allowing Álvaro Bautista (ESP) -who had been a contender in the first two races- take the win. In the AMA Supercross Championship, Jason Anderson (USA) took the win. Two races remain and Eli Tomac (USA) might clinch the Championship the next time out.
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