Chepngetich breaks world record, Russian Open cancelled, and more…5 min readReading Time: 4 minutes
Here is the round-up of all the action from the world of sports last week.
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Kenya’s Chepngetich breaks half marathon record in Istanbul
Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich smashed the world half-marathon record by clocking a time of 1 hour, 04 minutes and 02 seconds at the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon. She broke the record by 29 seconds.
Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Kenya’s Hellen Obiri finished second and third respectively. This is the first ever occasion of three women finishing inside 65 minutes in one half-marathon.
Fakhar Zaman Sets World Record
South Africa 341/6 (Bavuma 92, de Kock 80, van der Dussen 60, Haris 3-54) beat Pakistan 324/9 (Fakhar 193, Nortje 3-63) by 17 runs
Series: RSA 1-1 (3-match series)
South Africa secured a series-levelling 17-run win against Pakistan in Johannesburg despite opener Fakhar Zaman’s heroic innings..
Zaman’s 155-ball 193 is now the highest score in a chase in ODI cricket history, and the second highest ever in a losing cause.
Chasing 341, Pakistan had slumped to 205 for 7 before Zaman’s onslaught brought them back into the game. However, Zaman’s controversial run out all but sealed the win for the Proteas. The experts are divided on whether keeper Quinton de Kock did deceive the batsman in the situation by indicating that the throw was coming to the wrong end and thus effected a run out.
Watch the dismissal here:
Real Sociedad Win Copa del Rey
Real Sociedad beat local rival Athletic Bilbao 1-0 in the rescheduled 2020 Copa del Rey final on Saturday to get their hands on a major trophy for the first time since 1987.
Captain Mikel Oyarzabal netted the winner by sending keeper Unai Simon the wrong way from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute after striker Portu was fouled inside the box by Athletic defender Inigo Martinez.
Here’s the win:
The win in the final had not only the fans singing in joy but even the manager. Listen to the ecstatic Imanol Alguacil belt out the club’s theme song in the post match press conference.
EPL Roundup: North London Drops Points. Manchester Rolls On.
Manchester City huffed and puffed but did manage to get their win away at Leicester thanks to goals in the second half from Gabriel Jesus and left-back Benjamin Mendy.
Manchester United sealed a 2-1 win away at Brighton. Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford were the scorers after United fell behind in the first half when Danny Welbeck gave the hosts the lead.
Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates to reignite their hopes of finishing in the Top 4. Diogo Jota scored a brace while Mo Salah scored his 17 league goal of his season.
Tottenham dropped points at Newcastle, drawing 2-2 against the Tyneside team. Their manager Jose Mourinho, in typical style suggested that the poor run of form wasn’t his fault and that his players weren’t up to the mark.
Juventus Captain Tests Positive
Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from international duty. Bonucci is currently quarantined at his home in Turin.
Last week, four members of the Italy staff had tested positive for COVID-19.
Raptors Thrash Warriors
Pascal Siakam’s season-high 36 points helped the Toronto Raptors to a resounding 130-77 win over Golden State in Tampa.
The Raptors set a franchise record for largest margin of victory. The margin of defeat was the third worst in Warriors history.
Bulls reignite Playoff Hopes
The Chicago Bulls took advantage of the absence of James Harden and Kevin Durant to beat Brooklyn Nets, 115-107
Zach LaVine had a match to remember, scoring 25 points and was well supported by Tomas Satoransky, who added 19 points and 11 assists.
Russian Open and Indonesia Masters cancelled due to COVID-19
Super 100 badminton tournaments, Russian Open 2021 and Indonesia Masters have been cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The Russian Open was scheduled in Vladivostok from July 20-25 and Indonesia Masters from October 5-10.
The Canada Open, supposed to be held in June, has also been cancelled.