Things we learnt over the sporting weekend

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Cycling, Skateboarding, and Badminton were some of the sports fighting for attention on a fully-packed weekend of action!

While the FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon tennis, and start of the Tour de France were hard to miss at times, here’s our rundown of some of the other events that were worthy of note.


Russia may have been knocked out of the FIFA World Cup they’re hosting, but their volleyball players fared better by clinching the inaugural FIVB Nations League title.

The team led by London 2012 gold medallist Maxim Mikhailov beat hosts France 3-0 in the final in Lille.

Russia claiming their first world-level crown since the 2013 World League.

United States sealed bronze after seeing off Olympic Champions Brazil.

The South Americans missed out on a podium finish for only the fourth time in the last 34 international tournaments.

Cycling Cross-country MTB

Switzerland’s Nino Schurter took his third straight World Cup mountain biking win of the season in Val di Sole, Italy.

Two-time Olympic silver medallist Maja Wloszczowska of Poland won the women’s race.


Kento Momota stunned Rio bronze medallist Viktor Axelsen.

The Japanese 23-year-old defeated Denmark’s reigning world champion in straight sets to win the BWF Indonesia Open title in Jakarta.

Tai Tzu-ying from Chinese Taipei claimed the women’s final.

The tournament top seed came back from a set down to beat China’s Chen Yufei 21-23, 21-15, 21-9.


More success for Japan as 19-year-old Yuto Horigome finished top of the podium in Los Angeles for his second SLS World Tour event this year.

Canoe / Kayak

Jessica Fox continued her dominance in women’s slalom canoeing.

The two-time Olympic medallist from Australia made it six from six in the World Cup, by topping the K1 and C1 women’s competitions in Augsburg, Germany.

Slovenia’s Peter Kauser won the men’s K1 title.


Great Britain secured victory at the FEI Nations Cup in Virginia, USA.


Great Britain also saw success through Sophie Coldwell, who claimed the women’s ITU World Cup event in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary.

That was the first World Cup win for the Olympic hopeful, who finished 6th at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Sport Climbing

Slovenia’s teen sensation Janja Garnbret was the star at the IFSC event in Villars, Switzerland.



Turkish athletes thrived on home mats at the FIG Challenge Cup in Mersin.

While there was also success for India’s returning Olympian, which drew praise from around the country.


China dominated the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Bolzano, Italy.

Beach volleyball

And Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs won the FIVB Espinho Open in Portugal.

The Latvian pair beat Brazil’s Ricardo Santos and Guto Carvalhaes in three sets to clinch their first World Tour event.

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Author: Alessandro Poggi
Italian-born reporter and multimedia editor. Former long distance runner, now tiramisu lover.