Ten things to know from last week: November 16-22, 2021. Historic end for Ogier/Ingrassia, Tennis and Golf season finales, Spanish successes...
Five things to know from last week
8th time, for good. Sébastien Ogier (FRA) and Julien Ingrassia (FRA) concluded an important Chapter in Rally history by taking their 8th World Rally Championship, after they won the Rally Monza, which places them second in the all-time list. Ingrassia recently announced his retirement while Ogier will stop doing the sport full-time. On track, Lewis Hamilton (ENG, Mercedes) won the F1 Qatar Grand Prix, over 25 seconds ahead of title rival, Max Verstappen (NED, Red Bull), and Fernando Alonso (ESP, Alpine), who scored his first F1 podium in seven years. Off-road, Rob MacCachren (USA) won the Baja 1000 for a fifth time, with teammate Luke McMillin (USA). Alexander Rossi (USA) won Class 7 to become the first driver to win the Indy 500 and Baja 1000. In Motorcycles, Mark Samuels (USA) won for a sixth time, Justin Morgan (USA) -who won for fifth time in a row-, Kendall Norman (USA) -seventh win-, and local rider Brandon Prieto (MEX).
Ready for the mega-fight? Terence Crawford (USA) beat former two-time Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter (USA) via 10th round technical knockout to defend the WBO Welterweight belt. This is the biggest name he has beaten in his career as a Champion in three weight classes and should set up a unification bout against Errol Spence Jr (USA).
A great season! Turkish rider Toprak Razgatlıoğlu (TUR) won his first World Superbike Championship, ahead of six-time World Champion Jonathan Rea (NIR), who nevertheless won the last two races of the season, under rainy conditions in Indonesia that afforded good races. Scott Redding (ENG) was third, and was a podium finisher in both races.
Season Finals. Alexander Zverev (DEU) defeated Daniil Medvedev (RUS) in two sets of 6-4 to win the 2021 ATP Finals in Turin, Italy. He previously beat Novak Djokovic (SRB). Pierre-Hugues Herbert / Nicolas Mahut (FRA) won the Doubles Final. In the WTA Finals, Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) defeated Anett Kontaveit (EST) in Guadalajara, Mexico. Barbora Krejčíková / Kateřina Siniaková (CZE) won the Doubles division.
Double Front Flip! Thomas Pagès (FRA) continues to push the boundaries of what is humanly possible in a motorbike. This last weekend he became the first rider to execute a motorcycle BASE Jump with a trick: the Double Front Flip -which has never been landed-, after a journey of two years.
The greatest. Toni Bou (ESP) continues to extend his legacy as the most successful motorcycle rider of all time, after winning his 15th consecutive X-Trial World Championship, by winning his 14th event in Barcelona, at the Palau Sant Jordi. He also won the previous event, at Andorra la Vella.
More Spanish success. IñakiOsa Goikoetxea (ESP) won his 18th Jai Alai World Championship -seventh as a pair- and continues to cement his place as the greatest Jai Alai player of all time. With Unai Lekerikabeaskoa (ESP) they beat Imanol López and Aritz Erkiaga (ESP) to take the 54m World Cup in Zinacantepec, Mexico. In another sport, Padel, the Spanish Men’s and Women’s teams won their respective World Championships by beating Argentina, in Qatar.
With Style. Erlend Fagerli (NOR) continues to extend his records as the most successful freestyle footballer. This time he won the Red Bull Street Style for a record third time. Watch his moves in the Final.
Trampoline. The Russian Gymnastics Federation was. themost succesful team at the 2021 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships, with 5 gold medals, including an eleventh World Championship for Mikhail Zalomin (RUS, Double Mini Team and All-Around Team), as well. asa gold in Tumbling for Mikhail Zalomin (RUS) with a dominating, spectacular display.
Tours end. Lydia Ko (NZL) won the last tournament in the LPGA season, the LPGA CME Tour Group Championship, while the overall tour was won by Ko Jin-young (KOR), who won five tournaments. Meanwhile in Dubai, Collin Morikawa (USA) became the first American to win the European Tour, by winning the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. In another sport, Equestrian, Henrik von Eckermann and King Edward -Horse- (SWE) won the Longines Global Champions Tour, after winning the Super Prix in Prague.
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