This week’s Global Podium for the best sportspeople in the world features the US Women's Water Polo Team, Tove Alexandersson, and Dane Jackson.

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: USA Women’s Water Polo Team
(United States of America, Water Polo)

The US won their fourth consecutive Women’s Water Polo World Championship and seventh overall, which increases their status as the best team ever. Several team members have been part of the four World title successes. Maggie Steffens, the all-time highest scorer at the World Championship, has even been part of the three last Olympic gold medals, in 2012, 2016, and 2021. The USA beat Hungary 9-7 for the gold medal.

On the men’s side, Spain beat Italy in a penalty shootout for their third world title.

Full roster: Ashleigh Johnson, Maddie Musselman, Tara Prentice, Rachel Fattal, Ava Johnson, Maggie Steffens, Stephania Haralabidis, Ryann Neushul, Denise Mammolito, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Bayley Weber, Jordan Raney, Amanda Longan

Watch a recap of their triumph (FINA)

Silver: Tove Alexandersson
(Sweden, Orienteering)

Tove Alexandersson now has 17 gold medals in the Championships, which places her second of all time in the history of the Championships, after winning the first-ever Knock-Out Sprint world title, ahead of Megan Carter-Davies (WAL), who won the sprint title.

Bronze: Dane Jackson
(United States of America, Freestyle Canoeing)

Dane Jackson cemented his status as the winningest freestyle paddler of all time, by taking his seventh world title between canoe and kayak. He won the Men’s kayak competition for a fourth time, although this time he did not make the double, as Philip Josef (DEU) won gold. 55-year-old Clay Wright (USA) won the men’s squirt for the third time in a row.

Ottilie Robinson-Shaw (ENG) had a more impressive Championship, as she won the three women’s competitions: kayak, canoe, and squirt, with a World Record in squirt. This was the first-ever women’s canoe freestyle World Championship. The competition was held in her training ground, in Nottingham (ENG).

Relieve the Canoe Finals (ICF)