Surrey Scorchers 66 – 76 Cheshire Phoenix (23-12, 39-32, 54-64)
Scorchers – Johnson 16, Jacdonmi 11, Wang 10; Phoenix – Austin 23, Jack 14, Neighbour 11
Bristol Flyers 71 – 93 Caledonia Gladiators (19-19, 38-39, 51-72)
Flyers – King 21, Watson-Gayle 17, Samuels 13; Gladiators – Sloan 27, Onwas 20, Adams, 16
Surrey Scorchers entertained Cheshire Phoenix as the two sides battled it out for the second time in the BBL Championship regular season. Their previous encounter – back in September – witnessed Cheshire coming out on top, behind Jamell Anderson’s 22 points (8-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT).
For Lloyd Gardner’s Scorcher side, revenge was on the cards, as Surrey have struggled to scrape a win amidst a plague of injuries, including high-motor guard Josh Steel, ruling him out for tonight’s game.
For the home supporters, many eyes were set on South Sudanese international Padiet Wang, whose impressive playing form – averaging 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, five assists, and 35 playing minutes in his previous two games – presents an issue for all BBL sides.
In addition, Scorchers unveiled returning American guard Quincy Taylor, who arrives to help get the Southwest side back on track. His third stint in the BBL, Taylor knows a thing or two about closing out tense games.
As for the Cheshire Phoenix, Head Coach Ben Thomas commented on his side’s two consecutive defeats heading into the Surrey match-up, explaining:
“We’re a new team – we are not happy with the start we’ve had, but we will put it right. It is going to be a battle”.
Unsurprisingly, Wang put on a show straight from the tip-off, completing a picturesque transition dunk to give Surrey the advantage followed shortly by a corner three by forward Charleston Dobbs. Phoenix responded with a confident triple courtesy of Anderson.
A Taylor three-point conversion late in the first quarter got the home crowd going. Tennessee St. alum and BBL Rookie Shakem Johnson made an impression coming off the bench, adding 8 points in little over four minutes of court time to close off the first quarter.
Speedy guard Larry Austin, Cheshire’s second leading scorer, provided a handful of crafty baskets, beginning with an all-net three-point conversion from an Anderson kick-out pass. Next, Austin turned on the jets, weaving through the Scorchers defence for a strong layup to energise a trailing Phoenix team.
A strong inside move by Cheshire centre Will Neighbour followed by a pair of Austin steals and transition layups cut the game to within single digits. With 20 seconds to go, it was an exchange of perimeter three-pointers between Dobbs and Phoenix guard Marcus Evans that capped off a thrilling end to the first-half, Surrey maintaining a slim lead.
Phoenix continued to add to its 11 steals accumulated in the first half. Austin, once again, spearheaded Cheshire’s transition offense, visiting the free-throw line on numerous occasions in the process, cutting Surrey’s advantage to just a single point mid-way into the third.
Six total visits to the free-throw line for the Phoenix helped establish a 10-point advantage over the Scorchers, emphasised by a Neighbour three-pointer – characteristic of the 6’10” big man – as the game entered the final period, the Nix up by double figures.
Despite a ruthless defensive display by Cheshire, Surrey centre Boban Jacdonmi made his presence felt in the low block, reaching double figures in scoring, while Taylor’s unselfish offense gifted him with 9 assists.
Unable to contain an energetic Phoenix offense, including a BBL career-high 14 points for newbie Maceo Jack, Scorchers were outmatched, but were cheered on every step of the way by a lively Surrey Sports Park crowd.
Cheshire’s victory also saw Austin’s first double-double this season, tallying 23-points (9-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
In the second game of Saturday’s BBL action, the Bristol Flyers welcomed Caledonia Gladiators, marking game one of Caledonia’s Southwest double-ticket, as they square off against Plymouth Patriots tomorrow.
Caledonia, who entered the game with a 2-2 record for the season, looked to rookie David Sloan, who came off the back of a 36-point display in Caledonia’s road victory over the Leicester Riders last week.
Tragically, Thomas Bell III, one of Bristol’s most prolific players so far this season, took a knock in the opening minutes, and did not return to the floor having sustained a hip injury. We wish him a speedy recovery!
With six lead-changes in the opening quarter of the matchup, it is safe to say both teams started strong. The Gladiator guard duo of Sloan and Jacksonville St. alum Darian Adams got things started for the visitors, while VJ King‘s perimeter shooting paired with Malcolm Delpeche‘s high-flying dunks and defence got the home court fired up.
Virtually neck-and-neck, both sides continued to trade baskets. Corey Samuels, a fan-favourite in Bristol, found his shooting range early, coming off the bench to amass nine points with just a single miss recorded.
A very physical back-and-forth fixture, Jeremiah Bailey blossomed for the Gladiators in the first half, leading the team with 13 points, eight rebounds, and two steals. As for the Flyers, King persisted to get down-hill, treated to a handful of free-throws while also collecting eight rebounds.
Yet another nail-biter, the halftime whistle sounded with Caledonia ahead sporting a single-point lead over Bristol.
An early burst for Caledonia, featuring a three-point sink by
Prince Onwas and a Sloan transition lay-up off a Bailey steal, put the Gladiators firmly in front, forcing a Flyers timeout.
Striking again, Caledonia’s Sloan displayed his shooting prowess, knocking down consecutive perimeter shots, helping to increase their lead significantly over Bristol, up 15 mid-ways into the third quarter.
A massive chase-down block by King reignited the SGS College Arena, but it was Caledonia centre Patrick Tape that began to put on a show, notching double-figures in points, without a miss from the floor.
Despite some push-back by the Flyers with well-worked buckets from Jelani Watson-Gayle, the Gladiators maintained an efficient shooting performance, Onwas putting on a huge performance off the bench, putting up 20 points (8-8 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 1-3 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.
An incredible performance by Caledonia, the Gladiators dominated the second half of play, culminating in a 22-point victory, as they prepare to take on Plymouth Patriots in tomorrow’s fixtures.
Podcast is hosted by Olympic Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Muslim American woman in hijab to compete and medal for the U.S. in sabre fencing
Listen to full podcast here:
The second season of the new sports-focused podcast by Doha Debates and Foreign Policy magazine, entitled “The Long Game,” examines the power of sports to change the world, including high-profile stories of human rights and injustices in sports, including an interview with Nneka Ogwumike, president of the WNBA player’s association, on the ongoing efforts to release Brittney Griner.
“The Long Game” podcast is hosted by Ibtihaj Muhammad, who made sports history at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics when she became the first Muslim-American woman to compete and win a medal for Team USA while wearing a hijab.
Since then, she’s been named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” had a Barbie created in her likeness, and starred in a Nike campaign for their high-performance hijab—and she continues to speak out and support women and girl athletes of all backgrounds and religions to pursue their dreams in sport.
Speaking in the first episode of the podcast, Ibtihaj said, “Brittney Griner could have been any of us…As an athlete, I traveled to Russia more than once a year for more than 10 years and I’ve always felt just kind of uncomfortable there — as a visibly Black person, as someone who’s visibly Muslim. I’ve had my share of things happen while I was there. But one thing I never in a million years thought about was whether I would be wrongfully detained.”
The podcast is executive produced by Amjad Atallah, Jigar Mehta and Japhet Weeks, with Executive Editor Karen Given and Managing Producer Rob Sachs.
Among other topics, “The Long Game” will explore:
African soccer star speaks out against war and genocide:
- Learn the inspirational story of Eric Murangwa Eugene, a 47-year-old former Rwandan international football player, genocide survivor and current founder of Football for Hope, Peace and Unity (FHPU), an international organization that promotes tolerance and unity among Rwandan youth.
Eric Murangwa Eugene’s story begins in 1994, when he was a 19-year-old goalkeeper for the popular Rayon Sports Football Club in Rwanda. That year, the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsis people began — a genocide which ultimately led to the deaths of 500,000 to 662,000 Tutsi people in 100 days.
On the first day of the genocide, soldiers came to Eric’s house, looking for enemies of the state. But when one of the soldiers saw an album filled with photos of his time with the Rayon Sports Football Club, Eric’s life was spared. Eric spent much of the genocide in hiding, constantly risking death and aided by his teammates and supporters of his football club, many of them Hutus, who helped Eric move to safe locations and eventually flee the country.
In 1997, following an international match for Rwanda in Tunisia, Eric sought asylum and emigrated to the United Kingdom via Belgium. Tragically, he lost 35 members of his family to the Rwandan genocide.
In 1998 Eric was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors list for his services to the Awareness and Education of Genocide against the Tutsi of Rwanda.
Other episodes in the podcast detail:
- An update on Brittney Griner, the WNBA star still imprisoned in Russia. In August, Griner was found guilty of drug possession and smuggling, and sentenced to nine years in a Russian penal colony. Nneka Ogwumike, president of the WNBA player’s association, speaks to Ibtihaj Muhammad about the ongoing efforts to secure Brittney’s release and help listeners understand the reason why Brittney was in Russia to begin with – inequities between men’s and women’s sports that lead to women playing overseas to make a living.
- The story of Lina Khalifeh, a 36-year-old Jordanian black belt taekwondo champion and the founder of She Fighter, the first women-only self-defense school in the Middle East. Khalifeh was inspired to start giving mixed martial arts self-defense classes in her basement to women after one of her friends was attacked and beaten. In 2012, Khalifeh opened her own self-defense center named “She Fighter” with the goal of teaching women in Amman, Jordan how to defend themselves against sexual harassment and aggression.
Among her accomplishments, Lina was awarded the ESPN Humanitarian Award in 2019, has presented her work to the Swedish royal family and was honored as a “leader of social change” by President Barack Obama at the White House in 2015. Her self-defense techniques help women feel more confident, secure, and strong to defend themselves from different violent situations.
“The Long Game” is a podcast from Doha Debates and Foreign Policy magazine, hosted by Olympic medalist and trailblazer Ibtihaj Muhammad, that explores the power of sports to inspire social change, featuring athletes around the world who are breaking barriers and overcoming immense odds to change sports for the better.
Learn more here: https://dohadebates.com/podcasts/the-long-game/
On Tuesday 1st November, the London Lions will host their next home fixture in the EuroCup at the OVO Arena Wembley, with all attendance fees being waived in favour of donations for the London-based food distribution charity, City Harvest, with just a single donation of £1 providing up to four free meals for children supported by the organisation.
The Lions will welcome Montenegrin side Budućnost VOLI and will look to build on their historic win over Aquila Basket Trento last week when they became the first UK team in 18 years to win in the prestigious European competition. Their involvement in the EuroCup this season marks a historic moment not just for the London-based side, but also a potential turning point for the growth of British basketball as they became the first UK team to be included in the EuroCup since 2007. The Lions play their next game in the competition away to Spanish side Gran Canaria tonight.
The partnership with City Harvest marks the latest initiative from the team as the Lions aim to make an impact not only on the court but also in their community. City Harvest rescues nutritious surplus food from manufacturers, suppliers, producers and retailers, and delivers, for free, to 375+ London charities feeding those facing food poverty. City Harvest aids nutrition and sustainability by providing life-changing support to communities in every London borough through food donations and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from waste.
Alongside this, the Lions and world-renowned artist, Alvaro Barrington have come together in partnership with Serpentine Galleries, CONSUL and the Tower Hamlets City Council to create a unique basketball court located at Weavers Adventure Playground in Bethnal Green. The renovation will represent the first of an annual initiative from the London team to renovate other inner-city courts. The project aims to bring people from all walks of life together to the court for a celebration of sport, art and community – with a launch event happening on Friday 28th October, to be attended by representatives from the mayor’s office, players from the Lions, children from Weavers Adventure Playground and representatives from the local community.
Sarah Calcutt, CEO of City Harvest comments on the new partnership:
“City Harvest is delighted to be the new charity partner of the London Lions. As part of the fabric of London, City Harvest thrives on connecting key players with areas of need. We supply free food to many youth groups and schools running fit and fed programmes. These free community sessions encourage young people to channel their energy into sports and teamwork to develop key skills, agility and their overall health.
“We thank everyone for supporting us by making a donation so we can continue to offer nutrition to children who would otherwise not eat. So many families are struggling to feed their children right now, please help us to help them.”
Lenz Balan, Vice President of 777, owners of the London Lions, added:
“We are very excited to welcome City Harvest as our new charity partner. Fans will instead be able to get a ticket for the game by making a donation to the charity to help provide food for people in need. We are focused on making an impact not only on the court but also in our community and hope that the fans will help get behind this initiative. The game at the OVO Arena Wembley will mark a momentous occasion as it’s just the second EuroCup game to be played in the UK since 2007.”
On the third and final day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, Natalie Powell claimed silver to record her
best Grand Slam result since October 2019.
2021 bronze medallist, Powell certainly lived up to her pre-event seeding. Following an openinground bye, 2nd seed Powell defeated Sophie Berger (BEL) and 2021 World Junior Champion, AnnaMonta Olek (GER) to win her pool and progress to the Semi-Finals to face double Olympic medallist
and former World Champion, Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA).
As the Semi-Final contest neared the midway point, Powell threw Tcheumeo for ippon score to
progress to the Final to face recent World Championship silver medallist Zhenzhao Ma (CHN).
In the Final, Powell was searching for an ippon score but was countered by Ma and thrown for ippon
score. The result saw Powell finish 2nd to improve upon the bronze medal she claimed in 2021.
9 athletes have been nominated for membership to join the UK Athletics Paralympic World Class Programme (WCP) for 2022/23.
The Paralympic WCP is UK Sport’s National Lottery funded initiative supporting the delivery of success at named milestone targets, namely outdoor track World and European championships, and the Paralympic Games. The WCP is split into several levels reflecting the actual and potential performance levels of athletes: Podium, Podium Potential and Confirmation.
Athletes are nominated for the WCP to further the aim of UK Athletics to win medals at the 2024 and/or 2028 Paralympic Games. UKA are committed to the principle that winning will always be achieved with integrity and in line with UK Sport’s ambition of ‘Keep Winning and Win Well’.
Therefore, UK Athletics must be confident that any athlete nominated for the WCP has the realistic potential and demonstrable performance capability and capacity to make the necessary progress to achieve a medal at least in one of the next two Paralympic Games.
Seven reigning Paralympic champions including Daniel Pembroke (coach: David Turner, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) and Sophie Hahn (Leon Baptiste, Charnwood) are included on Podium level funding once again.
Meanwhile, after a superb 2022 season which has seen him set personal bests across several events, and where he has also claimed Commonwealth silver in the T54 1500m, Daniel Sidbury (Christine Parsloe, Sutton & District) progresses from Confirmation level to Podium Potential.
Additionally, six athletes have been added at Confirmation – this level is designed to support athletes in their first 1-2 years of inclusion in high-performance programmes, to provide a period through which the potential of the athlete is explored and confirmed.
Five of these athletes have previously been supported on the Futures Academy Programme, so they are continuing their progression along the UK Athletics Paralympic Pathway.
John Bridge (Darrell Maynard, Cardiff), who won European T47 400m silver in 2021, joins at this level, as does Eden Rainbow-Cooper (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) who won Commonwealth silver in Birmingham and also finished third at the London Marathon recently.
Commonwealth T47 100m champion, Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker (Joe McDonnell and Nat Senior, Newham and Essex Beagles) is also added, as is Ethan Kirkby (Sonya Ellis, Newton Abbot) and Steven Stone (Gary Manson, Forth Valley Flyers), while T52 athlete Marcus Perrineau-Daley (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) joins the pathway for the first time.
As per previous years, the nomination for WCP membership is subject to UK Sport ratification and a signed athlete agreement between the athlete and UKA.
Tom Paulson, Head of Paralympic Performance at UK Athletics, commented, “The Paralympic Programme is in a strong position as we head towards Paris 2024 and LA 2028. It is also good to see athletes graduating along the Pathway from the Futures Academy on to the World Class Programme.
“It has been a different year for many athletes as they have not had a major Championships / Games this summer, however, they have remained focused and will be concentrating on the prospect of qualifying for the World Para Athletics Championships in Paris next July.
“We have an exciting and important period coming up for the sport, and I’m looking forward to working with the athletes and coaches to make sure they have the required support provided by the WCP to be in the best position to achieve success in Paris and / or Los Angeles.”
The British Athletics Paralympic WCP Athletes for 2022/23:
Paralympic Podium (18):
Kare Adenegan (Job King, Coventry)
Hollie Arnold (David Turner, Blackheath and Bromley)
Columba Blango (Chris Zah, Shaftesbury Barnet)
Olivia Breen (Aston Moore, City of Portsmouth)
Jonathan Broom-Edwards (Bethan Partridge, Newham and Essex Beagles)
Richard Chiassaro (Jenni Banks, Harlow)
Hannah Cockroft (Leeds)
Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer-Jones, Cardiff)
David Devine (Tony Clarke, Liverpool Harriers)
Sabrina Fortune (Ian Robinson, Deeside AAC)
Dan Greaves (Zane Duquemin, Charnwood)
Sophie Hahn (Leon Baptiste, Charnwood)
Sammi Kinghorn (Rodger Harkins, Red Star)
Maria Lyle (Jamie Bowie, Team East Lothian)
Owen Miller (Steven Doig, Fife)
Jonnie Peacock (Dan Pfaff, Charnwood)
Daniel Pembroke (David Turner, Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow)
Thomas Young (Joe McDonnell, Charnwood)
Paralympic Podium Potential (12):
Lydia Church (Peterborough & Nene Valley)
Nathan Maguire (Steven Hoskins, Kirkby)
Anna Nicholson (Richard Kaufman, Gateshead)
Derek Rae (Steven Doig, Fife)
Zac Shaw (Leon Baptiste, Cleethorpes)
Daniel Sidbury (Christine Parsloe, Sutton & District)
Zak Skinner (Aston Moore, Loughborough Students)
Ali Smith (Benke Blomkvist, Guildford and Godalming)
JohnBoy Smith (Christine Parsloe, Sutton & District)
Hannah Taunton (Charlotte Fisher, Taunton)
Harrison Walsh (Nathan Stephens, Swansea)
David Weir (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy)
Paralympic Confirmation (9):
Fabienne André (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy)
John Bridge (Darrell Maynard, Cardiff)
Ethan Kirby (Sonya Ellis, Newton Abbot)
Luke Nuttall (Alison Wyeth, Charnwood)
Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker (Joe McDonnell and Nat Senior, Newham and Essex Beagles)
Marcus Perrineau-Daley (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy)
Eden Rainbow-Cooper (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy)
Steven Stone (Gary Manson, Forth Valley Flyers)
Melanie Woods (Rodger Harkins, Red Star)
World number 1 Ella Gibson (Compound Women) and world number 2 Bryony Pitman (Recurve Women) competed in this end of season finale in Mexico
18 October 2022 It has been a phenomenal year for both Ella Gibson and Bryony Pitman with the road to the Tlaxcala 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final being paved with success for both.
Showcasing her exceptional talent, Ella Gibson secured a fantastic, hard fought silver medal in the Compound Women competition in Mexico. Making her way to the final with an impressive series of performances, Gibson took to the field in the Gold Medal match against Sara Lopez from Colombia whom she had beaten in their previous two meetings this season, including a World Cup victory in Medellin. The Lopez versus Gibson final was highly anticipated and did not disappoint with Gibson losing out by just two points in a suspenseful encounter that saw Lopez secure the World Cup title for the seventh time.
Gibson, 22 years old from Gloucestershire, has had a terrific year winning gold in the Compound Women’s event at the Hyundai World Cup Stage 1 in Antalya and then again in Paris for Stage 3 of the tournament where she broke the European record. Shortly after she went on to overtake Sara Lopez as world number one after beating Lopez to take gold at the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama. Securing gold in Medellin at the Hyundai World Cup 2022 Stage 4 event put Gibson in a positive position for the World Cup Finals in Mexico.
Proud of her performance Gibson said: “It’s been a surreal experience to be part of this event, the city and organising committee went above and beyond for us having the largest audience I’ve ever seen. Of course I am a little disappointed to walk away without winning but the world cup final is something I have never experienced and gained so much from. This whole year has been incredible for me, if you asked me at the start if I would make the world cup final this season I would probably have laughed so to finish this way may not be everything I want but a great stepping stone forward. I know I’ll be back there with another chance to win and more experience under my belt to do it and I can’t wait.
Bryony Pitman took to the archery field on Sunday in the Women’s Recurve World Cup quarterfinals, facing an enormous challenge against number-one seed Misun Choi of Korea. It was a closely contested event and after tremendous effort and skill from Pitman, her time in the World Cup ended here with a 6th position overall.
Pitman, age 25 from Shoreham, West Sussex, took individual gold at the Antalya Hyundai World Cup 2022 Stage 1 and silver in the Recurve Mixed Team. In Medellin she secured a silver medal with the Recurve Women’s team. She also won individual silver in the Recurve Women category in both the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama and the World Archery Field championship in Yankton, United States.
|The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider takes win after a thrilling battle with Marc Marquez second. Joan Mir finishes out of the scoring positions on his return, with Alex Marquez out due to a crash.|
|Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) took part in Sunday in the Australian Grand Prix at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, round eighteenth of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship.|
|Alex Rins takes first win of the season after starting tenth on the grid. Marc Marquez finishes second after fighting for the victory until the finish line. Joan Mir lost ground after riding in the Top 10 and Alex Marquez could not avoid a crash on lap 9 of a 27-lap dry race.|
|Next round for MotoGP World Championship will take place on October 23rd with the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit.|
Image courtesy of Estrella Galicia 0,0 Motorsport Media Services
Gary Hunt scored 10s with his final dive to earn a record-extending 10th Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series title at a thrilling season showdown in Sydney, Australia. In the women’s competition, Rhiannan Iffland ensured it was a majestic homecoming, picking up another victory before collecting her sixth King Kahekili Trophy in front of an ecstatic 18,000 spectators.
Hunt, who had been forced to settle for a supporting role in the season’s early competitions as the younger generation of talent excelled, proved that even at the age of 38 he is still the man to beat from the 27m platform. Faced with the powerful challenge of his two title rivals, Aidan Heslop of the UK and Romania’s Catalin Preda, he summoned up every ounce of his vast experience of 92 World Series events to prevail with the season’s final dive.
“I still can’t believe it to be honest. This year starting off watching all the young guns with these massive dives, I kind of felt in the shadow and it showed in the results. I felt like I had to rebuild my confidence and restart. I managed to get there in the end,” said Hunt, who earned a total of 18 tens across the season.
“It sounds like a dream. I couldn’t have hoped for anything better. A really tight season and finishing that on top. So, it’s going to take me a while to realize.”
In just his first season as a permanent diver, Heslop has defied his tender age and exceeded all expectations to send a clear signal to the cliff diving world that he is next in line to the throne. Two victories and three podium places, including another runner-up spot here in Sydney Harbour, ensured an overall second place for the 20-year-old in the World Series standings.
Statement Aidan Heslop (09:30)
Preda may have fallen just short in his quest for a maiden title, but completing the podium at the finale means the 31-year-old repeats his overall third place finish from last season, and the ‘Romanian shark’ will no doubt be back on the hunt for glory again next year.
For Iffland, title number six had already been secured at the previous stop in Italy, but the dream of a fairy-tale victory on home soil meant there was no taking the foot off the gas at the eighth and final competition. With Canada’s Molly Carlson again applying the pressure, the dominant Aussie had to be at her imperious best to make it 30 wins in 37 starts ahead of being crowned once more in front of her friends and family.
“This is my sixth title and it’s really extra special. I’m genuinely speechless. I knew I was coming in and holding the King Kahekili trophy regardless of the result today, so I guess that took the pressure off a bit. But I still had a job to do. I wanted to put on a really good show in front of our home crowd. I managed to pull it off and that’s another tick off the list,” stated the 31-year-old from Newcastle.
“Super proud – this morning I was not knowing how I was going to cope with the nerves, not knowing exactly how I would feel up there. I took both dives down for 9s and that was what it took. It was cool to see Molly put this dive down and I’m really interested to see the scores with this big degree of difficulty. I think next year is going to be interesting.”
Carlson, in just her first year as a permanent diver, secured a sixth second-place finish with her highest total score since a stunning victory at the season opener in Boston. At just 24 years old, the overall runner-up will now focus on taking that extra step in 2023 and pushing Iffland even harder next time.
Statement Molly Carlson (11:46)
Completing the podium in Sydney was the increasingly impressive Eleanor Smart, a result which sealed third place overall for the American – a personal best for the 26-year-old, who made her debut back in 2017.
There was also an emotional farewell from one of the sport’s most loved and respected athletes, as Mexico’s Adriana Jimenez concluded her outstanding cliff diving career in front of the iconic Australian backdrop. The 37-year-old, who finished runner-up to Iffland in the 2018 season, signed off with a fifth place finish in Sydney.
With 762 dives in eight competitions across North America, Europe and Australia, not only were the champions crowned this Saturday afternoon in sunny Sydney, but also the eight female and male divers who secured a permanent spot on the 2023 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series were confirmed based on this year’s World Ranking.
In the women’s, in the addition to the top three, it’s Australian Xantheia Pennisi and Jessica Macaulay from Canada; USA’s Meili Carpenter, who will be a debutant on the permanent roster, Germany’s Iris Schmidbauer, who will see a return to the permanent line up after a year as a wildcard and also independent athlete, Yana Nestsiarava, will be back.
On the men’s side, Nikita Fedotov (IAT), Constantin Popovici from Romania and Italy’s Alessandro De Rose will be back for a fully-fledged 2023 season. New on the permanent list will be James Lichtenstein from the USA and Colombia’s Miguel Garcia to complete the top eight men.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series looks back on a successful 13th season and will be back in 2023 with new talent, more difficult dives and a unique calendar.
Results – Stop #8, Sydney, AUS
1- Rhiannan Iffland AUS – 387.75pts.
2- Molly Carlson CAN – 370.70
3- Eleanor Smart USA – 339.10
4- Xantheia Pennisi AUS – 333.30
5- Adriana Jimenez MEX – 311.95
6- Meili Carpenter (W) USA – 300.70
7- Antonina Vyshyvanova (W) UKR – 293.85
8- Jessica Macaulay CAN – 284.20
9- Elisa Cosetti (W) ITA – 273.60
10- Maria Paula Quintero COL – 266.70
11- Iris Schmidbauer (W) GER – 234.85
12- Yana Nestsiarava IAT – 231.65
1- Gary Hunt FRA – 458.15pts.
2- Aidan Heslop GBR – 434.60
3- Catalin Preda ROU – 429.95
4- Nikita Fedotov IAT– 382.75
5- Jonathan Paredes MEX – 364.35
6- Oleksiy Prygorov UKR – 357.50
7- Carlos Gimeno (W) ESP – 354.60
8- James Lichtenstein (W) USA – 347.65
9- Miguel Garcia (W) COL – 331.00
10- Blake Aldridge (W) GBR – 329.50
11- Chris Bednar (W) AUS – 204.20
Final standings (after 8 of 8 stops)
1- Rhiannan Iffland AUS – 1560pts.
2- Molly Carlson CAN – 1270
3- Eleanor Smart USA – 820
4- Xantheia Pennisi AUS – 798
5- Jessica Macaulay CAN – 794
1- Gary Hunt FRA – 1240pts.
2- Aidan Heslop GBR – 1116
3- Catalin Preda ROU – 1130
4- Nikita Fedotov IAT – 651
5- Constantin Popovici ROU – 609
Content and Image courtesy of Romina Amato / Red Bull Content Pool
Great Britain’s archers have once again enjoyed international success on the world stage, taking one silver and two bronze medals at the World Archery Field Championships in Yankton, United States, which took place from 3 October to 9 October.
Olympic archer and gold medallist at the Antalya Hyundai World Cup 2022 Stage 1, Bryony Pitman, won silver in the Recurve Women. Pitman missed out on the gold medal by just one point placing her in an optimum position ahead of this weekend’s Tlaxcala 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final.
Following on from his gold medal win at the National Tour Finals in Nottingham last month, Olympic archer Patrick Huston secured bronze in the Recurve Men individual competition in Yankton.
Speaking on his recent win, Patrick Huston said, “It was a great experience getting to shoot on the finals field three times. The NFAA set out a tremendous four targets to decide the medals and it was a pleasure to get to shoot it! I’m so happy to have taken the bronze against the world number one, I feel it was a very important victory for me. The match was very close throughout, but then Brady shot a four on the 25m target and I think that gave me a significant advantage and probably turned the result in my favour”.
Woking’s Louisa Piper secured the bronze medal in Recurve Under 21 Women; Piper previously won gold in the Recurve Under 21 Women team event at the European Youth Championships in August.
World number one (Women Compound) Ella Gibson narrowly missed out on the bronze medal taking fourth place in the Compound Women. Throughout 2022, Gibson has won multiple medals on the international competition stage, including individual gold at the World Games in Birmingham, USA and the Paris 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Stage 3, setting Gibson in good stead for the upcoming Tlaxcala 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final.
Words & Imagery courtesy of GB Archery & World Archery
Today research conducted at University of Glasgow finds a group of former international rugby players are at around two and a half times higher risk of dementia, and over 15 times greater risk of Motor Neuron Disease, compared to the general population. Player position had no impact on dementia risk. The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, published the research.
Prof Willie Stewart, a leading research figure in this field, led the team, who compared health outcomes among 412 male, Scottish, former international rugby players and over 1,200 matched individuals from the general population.
They found that for former professional rugby players, the risk of neurodegenerative diseases is higher in a number of areas. They are over 2.67 times more likely to develop dementia, over 3 times to develop Parkinson’s, and over 15 times more likely to develop MND. The actual number of people who developed MND was not available.
Out of 421 rugby players, 121 died in the follow up period that lasted on average 30 years. Rugby players have less risk of dying up to age 70 than the age-matched controls. The age of death was also higher, at78.9 in rugby players vs 76.4 in controls.
Unlike the FIELD study into football, the research team did not find rugby players had less cardiovascular, and respiratory illnesses compared to controls from the population.
Our expert comment:
Dr Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“Rugby means so much to so many, it is a game that inspires, that brings people together from many cultures around the world, and one that is played by both men and women, at all levels up and down the country. But as with all contact sports, it has risks. While the benefits of physical exercise on brain and heart health are well known, multiple studies show links between traumatic brain injury and the development of dementia. Previous findings from this research team have also suggested that ex-professional footballers are at increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases.
“It’s concerning to see research now identify former male rugby players as being at increased risk of dementia, and at particularly high risk of the neurodegenerative condition motor neuron disease. The research team point towards head impacts during the careers of rugby players having a role in the development of the diseases, however quantifying the number of head injuries fell out of scope of this research study.
“While this is the biggest study of its kind into former male rugby players, there are still uncertainties over the exact size of the risk – for example, since Motor Neuron Disease is a rare condition, there were no cases of MND in the aged-match controls and so much larger studies are needed to paint a clearer picture.
“Research that points the way to understanding and minimising the risks associated with head impacts, and how to balance these against the undoubted benefits of physical activity, and of playing rugby, is challenging but essential. At Alzheimer’s Research UK, we have outlined the most important priorities for researchers to complete the picture, including studying the impact of head injuries in women, at grass roots, and in the modern game, none of which were the focus of this research. As the leading dementia research charity, we’re already kick-starting further research into brain injury and the long-term risks of dementia with £500,000 of investment.
“Interest in the links between participating in sport and risk of dementia is at an all-time high. Researchers, funders, stakeholders, and custodians of the sport must seize this moment to deliver new, coordinated research to give every person the best possible chance of living a dementia-free life.”
Read Alzheimer’s Research UK’s report, “Dementia and sport: research priorities for the future”