Weekend winners: Adam Peaty, Kento Momota, Sanne Wevers, And More
It’s time for the weekend round-up of Olympians in action, and there were plenty of them.
The European Rowing Championships saw a raft of gold medallists take to Scottish waters.
There were some surprise results in Nanjing’s badminton world championships.
But first to the European Aquatics Championships in Glasgow.
Peaty powers to world record...just!
There was almost a heart-breaking moment for Great Britain’s Adam Peaty.
The Olympic champion stormed to victory in the 100m breaststroke in 57.00 seconds to break his own world record.
Race organisers later revealed that there had been a technical issue with the timings.
Happily though, Peaty’s readjusted time of 57.10 seconds still broke the record.
Butterfly Olympic champion Sarah Sjostrom won an epic battle in the 50m freestyle.
The Swede, who is also world record holder in the 50m free, beat Rio 2016 gold medallist Pernille Blume by 0.1 seconds.
Earlier, Sjostrom claimed a more routine victory in the 100m butterfly with a typically dominant display.
Russian triple Olympic medallist Yuliya Yefimova secured the 100m backstroke with a new championship record.
German Olympian Florian Wellbrock beat Rio 2016 gold medallist Gregorio Paltrinieri to take the 1500m freestyle title.
There’s another action-packed day ahead with ‘Iron Lady’ Katinka Hosszu taking to the pool.
Kento Momota completes redemption
Kento Momota has become the first Japanese man to win the badminton world championships.
The 23-year-old blitzed China’s Shi Yuqi 21-11, 21-13 to win the title in Nanjing.
Perhaps even more significantly though, the victory comes as Momota returns from a gambling scandal that could have wrecked his career.
In 2016 Momota was suspended for visiting an illegal casino, meaning he lost his place at the Rio Olympics.
The former world No. 2 dedicated his victory to those that stuck by him during that difficult time.
In the women’s draw, Carolina Marin beat India’s PV Sindu in a repeat of the Rio 2016 Olympic final.
The Spaniard won 21-19, 21-10 to seal her third world title.
So impressive was the result in fact, that Marin was front page news in Spanish sports daily newspaper Marca.
Typically football stories dominate the headlines in Spain but such was Marin’s achievement, that she took the limelight.
Wevers Queen of the balance beam
Dutch Olympic champion Sanne Wevers won her first European Gymnastics Championships title on the beam.
The victory is a remarkable turnaround for the 26-year-old who, following her Rio victory over Simone Biles, has struggled badly for form.
Reigning world champion Pauline Schafer finished sixth after falling off the beam on her signature move.
Can anybody stop Germany?
Men’s eight favourites Germany landed the blue riband event at the European Rowing Championships near Glasgow in Scotland.
The world champs have not lost a race since last year’s World Rowing Championships.
Croatian brothers Martin and Valent Sinkovic struck gold in the men’s pair, their first big title in the event.
It is the third European title the Olympic champions have won together, to go with their four world titles and Rio 2016 gold medal... but all of those achievements came in the double sculls.
Dutch duo Marieke Keijser and Rio 2016 gold medallist Ilse Paulis secured a hard-fought win in the lightweight women’s double sculls.
Rio 2016 bronze medallists Kristoffer Brun and Are Strandli edged Olympic silver medallists the O’Donovan brothers in a thrilling lightweight men’s double skulls finish.
Ireland dream run over
Ireland’s amazing run at the Women’s Hockey World Cup ended with defeat to the Netherlands in the final.
The Dutch, Rio 2016 silver medallists, crushed their opponents 6-0 to defend their title in London.
Ireland began the tournament as the second lowest-ranked team, but stunned India and Spain en route to the final two.
But it proved a step too far, as goals rained in from Lidewij Welten, Kelly Jonker, Kitty van Male, Malou Pheninckx, Marloes Keetels and Caia van Maasakker.
Spain took the bronze medal with a 3-1 win over Australia.