This week’s Global Podium for the best sportspeople in the world features Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Daiya Seto, and Lasha Talakhadze.

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: Ranomi Kromowidjojo
(Netherlands, Swimming)

Kromowidjojo became the second swimmer to win gold at six different World Short course (25m) Swimming Championships, after Ryan Lochte (USA) and she won two gold medals in total: one in the Mixed 4 × 50 metre medley relay and the other one in the Women’s 50 metre butterfly, where she beat Sarah Sjöström (SWE) in the fastest race in the distance, of all time. She now has 14 gold medals at the Championships and 28 in total, as she also won silver in the Mixed 4 × 50 metre freestyle relay, and bronze in the Women’s 4 × 50 metre medley relay, plus silver in the Women’s 50 metre freestyle and bronze in the bronze in the Women’s 4 × 50 metre freestyle relay, both held in the 21st. She is second of all-time amongst women, behind Katinka Hosszú (HUN).

Watch the highlights of Day 3 (FINA) 

Silver: Daiya Seto
(Japan, Swimming)

Seto became the fourth swimmer to win a World short course Title five consecutive times, after winning gold in the 400 meters Individual Medley – this means he has been unbeaten at the Short Course World Championship in this discipline since 2012. He also made it double, as he also won gold in the 200 Individual Medley, a rare feat. He now has a total of seven gold medals. Also reaching five World Championships with consecutive gold medals -albeit in different competitions, mostly in relays- was Vladimir Morozov (RUS), who took gold in the 4×50 m medley and the 4×100 m freestyle and now has a total of 11 gold medals, third of all-time among men.

Watch a replay of the 200 IM Finals (FINA)
Photo: IWF/Steve Galvan

Bronze: Lasha Talakhadze
(Georgia, Weightlifting)

Talakhadze broke his own Weightlifting World Record with a mark of 492 kilograms lifted at the 2021 Weightlifting World Championships, with a Snatch World Record of 225 kg and a Clean & Jerk World Record of 267 kg. This was his fifth consecutive World Title in the +109 kg division, which places him as second of all-time in the maximum category of weightlifting. Also reaching five world titles was Kuo Hsing-chun (TWN), by winning the women’s -59 kg category. South Korea won the most gold medals in a World Championship that barely had Olympic medalists competing.

Watch a replay (Olympic TV)