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Sifan Hassan breaks women’s 10,000 metres world record
Sifan Hassan broke the women’s 10,000 metres world record by clocking 29 minutes 6.82 seconds. The Dutch long distance runner achieved the feat in a Continental Tour meeting on home soil in Hengelo.
The previous record of 29:17.45 was set in 2016 by Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana.
Coco Gauff Advances to the quarter-final
American teenager Coco Gauff was among three women to reach maiden Grand Slam quarter-finals at the French Open after her 6-3 6-3 triumph over Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.
The 17-year-old will play Czech player Barbora Krejcikova, who ousted Sloane Stephens with a clinical 6-2, 6-0 win.
ENG-NZ First Test Ends in a Draw
NZ – 378 (Conway 200, Nichols 61, Robinson 4-75)
ENG – 275 (Burns 132, Southee 6-43)
ENG – 170/3 (Sibley 60*, Wagner 2-27)
NZ – 169/6d (Latham 36, Robinson 3-26)
England and New Zealand drew the first Test at Lord’s. The two-match series finale will be played at Edgbaston, next week.
Debutant Devon Conway became the only the eight batsman to score a double century in his first Test match. The 29-year-old left-hander reached his hundred and double hundred with sixes.
Rain on the fourth day meant that there was no chance of a result in this Test.
England Pacer Ollie Robinson Suspended
After the first Test between England and New Zealand, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspended the 27-year-old seamer from all international cricket for offensive tweets he posted nine years ago.
Robinson’s tweets as a teenager that resurfaced last week, were racist and sexist.
At the end of the first Test, the ECB put out a statement, saying: “England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation following historic tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013.
“He will not be available for selection for the LV= Insurance second Test against New Zealand starting at Edgbaston on Thursday 10 June. Robinson will leave the England camp immediately and return to his county.”
Robinson made an impressive Test debut at Lord’s, taking seven wickets in the match and scoring 42 runs in the first innings.
Red hot Nadal on course at Roland Garros
The undisputed king of the French Open, Rafael Nadal reached his 15th quarter-final of the grand slam after beating Italian teenager Jannik Sinner 7-5 6-3 6-0. With this straight sets victory, he has won 35 consecutive sets in Paris.
If Nadal were to win the French Open, he would overtake Roger Federer’s tally of 20 grand slam titles.
Djokovic survives fourth round scare
World number one Djokovic fought back from two sets down in his fourth round match to see off 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti 6-7 6-7 6-1 6-0 4-0 (rtd).
Musetti, on his Grand Slam debut, made an impressive start against the top seed but Djokovic levelled by taking the third and fourth sets. Musetti retired at 4-0 down in the decider due to cramps and a back injury.
Federer Withdraws from French Open
Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open despite reaching the fourth round. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam title winner, who will be 40 in two months’ time, entered the last 16 with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 win over 59th-ranked Dominik Koepfer.
He believes that he needs to rest and recuperate in order to fulfil his ambition of winning his 9th Wimbledon title, later this year.
Federer is playing only his third tournament since last year’s Australian Open and has always said Wimbledon is his main goal.
Serena Departs French Open
Serena Williams’s quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title was cut short with a shock loss to Elena Rybakina in the fourth round of the French Open.
The 39-year-old American went down 6-3, 7-5 at Roland Garros to the Kazakh 21st seed.
Indian Striker Overtakes Chhetri Overtakes Messi
India’s talisman Sunil Chhetri scored two goals in his team’s 2-0 win over Bangladesh in the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers. He, thus overtook Argentina’s Lionel Messi to become the second-highest active international goalscorer with 74 goals.
The 36-year-old striker is only behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (103) in the active international goalscorer list.
Sergio Perez Wins Azerbaijan GP
Sergio Perez claimed the victory in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after championship leader Max Verstappen crashed while leading with a tire failure and Lewis Hamilton went off course.
Verstappen was four laps away from a second consecutive victory when his Red Bull suddenly slammed hard into the wall with a puncture to his left rear tire.
Hamilton dropped to 15th after sliding off the track, snapping a streak of 54 consecutive races of earning a points position finish.
Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel finished second and Pierre Gasly was third for AlphaTauri.
Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul
The fight between one of the greatest boxers in history, Floyd Mayweather and popular YouTube personality Logan Paul ended without a knockout. The fight lasted eight rounds.
The 44-year-old Mayweather retired from professional boxing with a perfect 50 wins from 50 fights but came back to the ring for an eight-round “special exhibition” against Paul.
The fight ended in boos from the crowd, who clearly either wanted an upset or a knockout from the former champ.
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Author’s Note: Adithya is a freelance writer and sports enthusiast.