This week’s Global Podium for the best sportspeople in the world features Paola Longoria, Roberto Abreu and Adeline Gray.

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: Paola Longoria
(México, Racquetball)

Paola Longoria keeps on cementing her place as the best female Racquetball player of all time. Last weekend she won the US Open -arguably the most prestigious professional tournament- for a record 11th time in the Singles division, and 9th in a row. She also won the Doubles division with Samantha Salas (MEX), her 6th title in the last 7 tournaments. In the Men’s Division it was also all for Mexico, with Daniel de la Rosa winning Singles, and him partnering with Álvaro Beltrán to take the Doubles tournament.

Relive the Singles Final (LPRT)

Silver: Roberto Abreu
(Brazil, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)

‘Cyborg’ won his sixth World No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the +97.5 kg category, a record in his weight class. It is his seventh World Title. He reached the Open weight class Final, where he was beaten by Pedro Marinho (BRA), who is in his rookie season as a black belt.

Watch the highlights of his Open weight Final (Flograppling)  

Bronze: Adeline Maria Gray
(United States of America, Freestyle Wrestling)

Adeline Gray won her 6th overall Wrestling World Championship, extending to a record 5th in the 75-76 kg divisions. She beat Epp Mäe (EST) in the Final. Aline Rotter-Focken (DEU) -who beat her in the Olympic Final- was absent. She is now 6th of all time in the women’s freestyle divisions medal tally at the World Championship.

Iran won seven gold medals to top the medal tally in the UWW World Wrestling Championships, ahead of the 5 by the United States of America and Japan. Abdulrashid Sadulaev (RUS, RWF) won his 5th World Championship

 Watch his gold medal combat (UWW)