This week’s Global Podium for the best sportspeople in the world features Connor Baxter, Javier Urriza, and Jesse Haines/Chris Poblano.

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: Connor Baxter
(United States of America, Stand-Up Paddling)

Connor Baxter might be the best stand-up paddler of all time, considering his multiple World Championships in the last decade, across the very different organizations that sanction the sport. This time he won the International Canoe Federation’s version of the World Championship, in both the sprint and technical competitions. Michael Booth (AUS), the other giant in the sport, won the long distance event.

 Watch his Technical Final (ICF)

Silver: Javier Urriza
(Spain, Basque Pelota)

Urriza now has a better case for being considered the best Remonte player in history, by taking his 8th “txapela” in the Individual Championship, which is less than Koteto Ezkurra’s (ESP) eleven but more Championships in total if we consider Individual and Pairs tournaments. He has appeared in the last eleven finals, winning eight of them. He beat Barrenetxea IV (ESP) 27-30.


Bronze: Jesse Haines/Chris Poblano

(United States of America, Automobilism)

This duo are, together and individually, the most World Extreme Rock Crawling Grand National titles one can put together, and they triumphed once again, as they did last year, in 2017 and other years in the last decade. They won the Unlimited category with -266 points.

Watch some footage (Jesse Haines fabrication)