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
Paola continues to increase her legacy as the greatest female -and perhaps of any sex- Racquetball player of all time by winning her 11th consecutive -and 12th overall- US Open Racquetball Championship, and LPRT Grand Slam event. She also made it to the Doubles Finals with Samantha Salas (MEX), where they were beaten by Erika Manilla (USA) -who lost to her in the Singles Final- and Natalia Mendez (ARG).
Another Mexican team, Álvaro Beltrán and Daniel de la Rosa, won their third US Open in Men’s Doubles while World Games Champion Conrrado Moscoso (BOL) won the Men’s Singles.
Watch the Women’s Singles Final (LPRT)
Silver: Patrício Freire
(Brazil, Mixed Martial Arts)
“Pitbull” got his record-extending 12th Bellator World title fight win by beating Ádám Borics (HUN) via Unanimous Decision. This is his 11th Featherweight World Title fight won, which is more than anyone else in MMA history.
Other big fights in the week included those in ONE. Tawanchai P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym (THA) beat the legend Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy (THA) to take the ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Championship, Xiong Jing Nan (CHN) beat Angela Lee (USA/SGP) in their third fight for a record-extending eight ONE Women’s Strawweight Championship fight win, and Mikey Musumeci (USA) beat Cleber Sousa (BRA) to become the first ONE Submission Grappling World Champion, in the Flyweight category.
Watch the fight (Bellator)
Bronze: Titouan Perrin-Ganier
(France, Cycling (Mountain Bike))
Titouan won his record-extending fifth UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country Eliminator World Championship, having won every single edition since 2017 bar one.
Gaia Tormena (ITA) won on the women’s side, in what is her third world title, also a record.
Replay the Finals (BTT Lobo)