Sportsround – Rowing, Formula 1 & Boxing



Great Britain are in great shape going into Rio after topping the medal table at the Rowing World Championships in France. The Men’s eight saw off a strong German crew to take gold in what may be their last big match up before the Olympics. Olympic Champions Helen Glover & Helen Stanning added World Championship gold to the collection and extended their winning run to 28 races unbeaten in the Women’s Pair. Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell and Matthew Tarrent could be new names to watch as they took gold in the coxed pair, the first time Britain has had a strong crew in that event since the famous win for the Searle Brothers in Sydney. Two further golds were won in mixed boat races that are not events at the Olympics, but this shows the strength in depth Team GB have, along with nine silver medals which show several other British crews are knocking on the door.New Zealand also won five golds but Britain with more medals overall, finish top of the table. All results can be found here


Lewis Hamilton took a big step towards another World Title winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. His main rival Nico Rosberg did not finish due to an engine problem. Hamilton had to wait for confirmation of the winner after a dispute about whether the car had breached tire pressure regulations but eventually the win was confirmed to give him a 53 point lead over Rosberg. Sebastian Vettle was 2nd in front of thousands of delighted Ferrari fans. Williams were third and fourth with Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas.


In Germany home favourite and defending champion Juergen Braehmer retained his WBA light-heaveyweight title with a comfortable victory over Montenegran Konni Konrad. Konrad was having trouble with his eye early on and Braehmer made that the target as he dominated the fight. Braehmer scored a knockdown in the 6th round before further damage to Knorad’s eye meant he pulled out at the end of the 7th round to allow Braehmer to win by TKO, the 37th stoppage of his impressive career.

Meanwhile in Texas there was an impressive defence of his WBA Bantamweight title by Doncaster fighter Jamie McDonnell. After a decent start by Japanese challenger Tomoki Kemeda, McDonnell started to take control of the fight from the third round and won virtually every round from that point. He put Jameda down in the final round but could not get the stoppage, being declared a comfortable winner on a unanimous points decision.


Rowing World Championships at Lake Aiguebelette


Golds (5) –Sam Scrimgeour & Joel Cassells (Men’s Lightweight Pair) Grace Clough, Daniel Brown, Pamela Relph, James Fox & James Oliver (Cox) (LTA Mixed Cox Four) Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, Matthew Tarrent & Henry Fieldman (Cox) (Men’s Coxed Pair) Matthew Gotrel, Constantine Louloudis, Peter Reed, Paul Bennett, Mohamed Sbihi, Alex Gregory, George Nash, William Stach & Phelan Hill (Cox) (Men’s eight) Helen Glover & Heather Stanning (Women’s Pair)

Silver (9) – Tom Aggar (Men’s Single Sculls) William Fletcher & Richard Chambers (Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls) James Foad & Matt Langridge (Men’s Pair) Lawrence Whitley & Lauren Rowles (TA Mixed Double Sculls) Rachel Morris (AS Women’s Single Sculls) Imogen Walsh (Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls) Charlotte Taylor & Kat Copeland (Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls) Briana Stubbs, Ruth Walczak, Emily Craig & Elanor Piggott (Women’s Lightweight Quad Sculls) Rebecca Chin, Karen Bennett, Lucinder Gooderham & Holly Norton (Women’s Four)

Bronze (1) – Scott Durant, Alan Sinclair, Tom Ransley & Stewart Innes (Men’s Four)


Italian Gand Prix at Monza

Race Result (Top 6)

1st Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes

2nd Sebastian Vettle (Germany) Ferrari

3rd Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams

4th Valterri Bottas (Finland) Williams

5th Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari

6th Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India

Standings (Top 6)

1st Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 252 Points

2nd Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 199 Points

3rd Sebastian Vettle (Germany) Ferarri 179 Points

4th Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 97 Points

5th Kimi Reikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 92 Points

6th Valterri Bottas (Finland) Williams 91 Points


WBA Light-Heaveyweight Championship at The Energie Verbund Arena, Dresden, Germany

Juergen Braehmer (Germany) (c) Beat Konni Konrad (Montenegro) by TKO in Round 7

STILL WBA Light Heaveyweight Champion… Juergen Braehmer

WBA Bantamweight Championship at  The American Bank Center, Corpus Christie, Texas

Jamie McDonnell (England) (c) beat Tomiki Kemeda (Japan) by Unanimous Decision (116-111, 115-112, 117-110)

STILL WBA Bantamweight Champions… Jamie McDonnell


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