This week’s Global Podium for the best sportspeople in the world features Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus, Shingo Kunieda, and Novak Djoković.

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: Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus
(Moldova, DanceSport)

Together, they just won their 9th World Championship or World Games title in Latin Dance at The World Games 2022, which puts them in the discussion for the best DanceSport partnership of all time. They have won every world-level event since 2015. They have won 54 of the last 56 major tournaments they have entered, including the last three World Games gold medals.

Watch a recap of their triumph (DanceSport Total)

Silver: Shingo Kunieda
(Japan, Wheelchair Tennis)

Kunieda continues to extend his legacy as the best men’s wheelchair tennis player of all time, winning his 49th and 50th Grand Slam titles, at Wimbledon 2022. In Singles, he completed a Golden Slam, by winning the Paralympic Games and each Grand Slam tournament in a row, extending his Grand Slam record in Men’s Singles. He also won the Men’s Doubles tournament with Gustavo Fernández (ARG), beating Alfie Hewett (ENG) and Gordon Reid (SCO), who had won ten Grand Slams in a row. He is now second of all-time in Men’s Doubles Grand Slams.

Diede de Groot (NED) was also impressive. She won in Women’s Wheelchair Singles, in her 10th consecutive tournament win including Grand Slams, the Masters, and Paralympic Games. She and Aniek van Koot (NED) were beaten in the Women’s Wheelchair Doubles Finals by Yui Kamiji (JPN) and Dana Mathewson (USA). Sam Schröder (NED) did the Double in Quads, winning the Singles and Doubles tournament, with Niels Vink (NED).

Watch the highlights of his Singles Final (Wimbledon)

Bronze: Novak Đoković
(Serbia, Tennis)

Novak became the first player in the Open Era to win Wimbledon after being down in Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and the Final. He came back from being two sets down against Nick Kyrgios (AUS) to win his 21st Grand Slam tournament, extending his record. He became the fifth man to win four tournaments in a row in a major tournament, he also broke the men’s record for most finals in a Grand Slam tournament  -with 32-, and also became the first player to surpass 80 matches won in these kinds of tournaments.

The women’s singles tournament saw Elena Rybakina (KAZ) win her first Grand Slam tournament, beating Ons Jabeur (TUN), the first Arab and African woman in a Grand Slam Final. Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell (AUS) won an excellent five-set Men’s finals game against Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic (HRV). Ebden had lost the Mixed Doubles against Neal Skupski (ENG) and Desirae Krawczyk (USA). FInally, the women’s Doubles was won by Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková (CZE).

Relieve the best moments (Wimbledon)