The Sportspedia’s Global Podium features the three sportspeople/athletes or teams that best achieved excellence in performance last week with their milestones and results.
Gold: Bruno Hansen
(Denmark, Para Surfing)
Hanson became the first Para Surfer to win si World Championship gold medals and extended his record as the most successful, undefeated Para Surfer of all time. He won the sixth in a row, by taking the Men’s Prone 1 over Casey Proud (HAW, USA), who was very close to beating him. In the end, the United States of America won the team title in California. Victoria Feige (CAN) and Melissa Reid (ENG) became the first female Para Surfers to win three gold medals in the Championships.
Watch quick highlights of the Championships (ISA Surf)
Silver: United States of America Men’s Flag Football Team
(United States of America, Flag Football)
Team USA won its fourth consecutive World Championship, having won each edition of the IFAF tournament since 2014. This time they beat Mexico 44-41 in a close Final game held in Jerusalem Israel and won all seven matches they had. They have now won five World Championships. The women’s side would see a similar story, as Team USA also beat Team Mexico in the Finals, in this case, 31-21, for the second title in a row for the US Americans.
Watch the Finals (Olympic)
Bronze: Magnus Carlsen
The Norwegian Grandmaster successfully defended his World Chess Championship for a fourth time. Only three Chess players have won six World title matches and Carlsen remains the player with the second-longest streak as #1, behind Garry Kasparov (RUS). Carlsen beat Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) 7 1/2 to 3 1/2 as the Russian had uncharacteristic blunders. Perhaps his collapse was triggered by the sixth game, where Carlsen won the longest match in World Championship history, featuring 136 moves. On Monday, Carlsen hinted it could be his last World Championship unless his next challenger is Alireza Firouzja (FRA).
Watch a highlight video (Chess.com)