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: Javier Urriza and Jagoba Labaka
(Spain, Basque Pelota)
Javier Urriza tied with Zeberio (ESP) in most Remonte Pairs txapelas won, with seven. Labaka became the first teammate to repeat Championship with Urriza, as they both repeat their Championship from last year. This time they beat Imanol Ansa and Ibai Martirena (ESP) by 40-37.
Silver: Johannes Høsflot Klæbo
(Norway, Cross-country skiing)
Klæbo won for of the first five races of the Tour de Ski, leading with just one race to go. He won the Sprint Freestyle in Lenzerheide. The next race would be the 15 km Classic, won by Iivo Niskanen (FIN) also in Lenzerheide. The Norwegian star would win the rest: the 15 km Freestyle Mass Start and Sprint Classic in Oberstdorf (DEU), and the 15 km Classic Mass Start in Val di Fiemme (ITA), which will host the final rae. These wins mean he now has 46 World Cup wins in total, tied with Norwegian legned Bjørn Dæhlie (NOR) for most of all time. He is also number one of all time in Sprint and Stage World Cup event wins. In the women’s side, Natalya Nepryayeva (RUS) leads, having won two races. Last year’s Champion, Jessie Diggins (USA), has also won two stages.
Watch the highlights of the 15 km in Val die Fiemme (FIS)
Bronze: Sara Takanashi
(Japan, Ski Jumping)
Takanashi increased her Ski Jumping World Cup win record to 61 wins after she took the win of the second event at the Savina Ski Jumping Center in Ljubno (SVN). Takanashi was third in the overall 1st Silvester Tournament, which was won by Marita Kramer (AUT), ahead of local Nika Križnar (SVN) -who won the first event- and Takanashi.
The Men’s side was very active with the Four Hills Tournament, where Ryōyū Kobayashi (JPN) has taken the first two wins: Oberstdorf (DEU) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (DEU).
Watch Takanashi’s winning jump (FIS)