This week’s Global Podium for the best sportspeople in the world features Antoni Bou, Gordon Ryan, and Jimmy Shane.
|GLOBAL PODIUM OF THE WEEK|
Gold: Antoni Bou
Toni Bou (ESP, Honda) continues to extend his legacy as the greatest motorcycling competitor of all time and one of the greatest sportspeople across sports in history, as he won the 2022 FIM Trial World Championship, his 32nd World Championship, including every single World Title (Indoor or Outdoor) since 2007, and this is not even counting the Trial des Nations titles, where he has also been a dominant force with Team Spain. The big surprise was that he had a fall in the first of two Grands Prix at Ponte di Legno, Italy, allowing Matteo Grattarola (ITA, Beta) to take the first win ahead of him. Bou won on Sunday with only 8 penalty points, ahead of Grattarola.
Emma Bristow (ENG, Sherco) won the women’s title -her eight in nine years- after winning both legs in Italy and the majority of events this year. She is second of all time among women.
Watch some footage (Daniele Scaramella)
Silver: Gordon Ryan
(United States of America, Submission grappling)
Gordon Ryan (USA) is now the second winningest competitor of all time at the ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship, as he beat the winningest, André Galvão (BRA), in the Superfight. He also beat Nick Rodriguez (USA) in the +99 kg Men’s Division. He now has five golds. With the +99 kg title, he won a historic Championship in a fourth different weight class, and also became the first grappler to win the +99 kg and the Superfight titles on the same night.
Another impressive result was that by Amy Campo (USA), who beat defending Champion Gabi Garcia (BRA) despite their big size difference.
Watch his Semi-Final win in 11 seconds (FloGrappling)
Bronze: Jimmy Shane
(United States of America, Powerboating)
Jimmy Shane won his seventh APBA/UIM H1 Hydroplane Championship in nine seasons, which place him second of all time, tied with Bill Muncey (USA) and Chip Hanauer (USA). He won the season’s finale in San Diego. He won three of five Finals this year.
Watch the Final Heat (H1 Unlimited)