Undisputed light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev made light work of Algerian born Nadjib Mohammedi who many observers before the fight felt was completely over-matched. They were proved right as the Algerian barely landed a punch in three totally one sided rounds. With combinations getting through at will, Kovalev scored a knock down in the second round before a right-left combination finished the contest in the third. It was an ugly contest that could have ruined Kovalev’s reputation if it had gone on too long. Thankfully least Kovalev finished it early to continue his domination of the division. There is talk of a possible fight with Super Middleweight Andre Ward, although politics could make that fight difficult to make.
Sebastian Vettle scored an upset victory to tie Ayrton Senna on 41 Grand Prix wins in Hungary. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton had an awful day after looking dominant most of the week in practice and qualifying. He stalled at the start losing several places and also earned a time penalty. It could have been worse as team mate and title challenger Nico Rosberg was in second place until he punctured his left front wing after a collision with Daniel Ricardo meant he had to come into the pits ruining his chances with only four laps to go, Hamilton recovered into 6th to score some points and maintain his title lead. Vettle kept his concentration win a fitting victory for Ferrari on the weekend the drivers were paying tribute to Jules Bianchi who was part of the Ferrari young drivers programmed. Ricardo recovered from his collision with Rosberg to finish third behind Russian team mate Daniil Kvyat who earned his first podium finish in second.
The Anniversary Games at the Olympics Stadium in London saw a welcome return to form for 100m champion Usain Bolt. Bolt was the international highlight of the event winning the 100m in a time of 9.87 seconds. He will need to find more to beat American Justin Gatlin at the World Championships but the run, his first in a while after a run of injuries was a welcome return to form. Mo Farrah set a best time in the world in 2015 to win a 3000m race further suggesting he is in fine form going into Beijing to defend his 5000 and 10000 meters titles. Olympic Heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill competed in three events, She impressed winning the 110m hurdles and produced seasons best in the 200m despite coming 8th in a world class field of 200m specialists. She was also near her personal best in the long jump, won by Shara Proctor who herself got a personal best and is in good position to attempt to win a medal herself. Ennis-Hill has still not decided if she is going to the World Championships, she is still very much coming back after having her first child.
Elsewhere UK sprinter Dina Asher-Smith went under 11 seconds for the first time further announcing herself as a contender for a medal at the World Championships. Long Jump Champion Greg Rutherford suffered a rare defeat, the event was won by Marquis Dendy of the USA and In a much anticipated contest Nijel Amos of Botswana defeated Olympic Champion David Rudisha of Kenya.
Australian Sam Stosur added to her victory at the Strasbourg Open by adding the Nuremberg Open by defeating Italian Karin Knapp. Knapp took the first set but the tide turned when the Australian took the 2nd set on a tie-break. The Italian, who had earlier in the day had to finish her semi-final again Sarah Errani, began to tire with Stosur breaking twice in the final set to take the title 6-2.
British sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie led the new British team to victory in the first America’s Cup World Series event in Portsmouth. 50,000 people including the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge attended on Saturday where The UK team won the first race and where second behind New Zealand in the second. The third race due on Sunday had to be cancelled due to high winds. This left the UK team ahead to take the first meet of the series, and proves the UK team can compete with the very best going forward.
Chris Froome was confirmed as Tour De France winner in the final stage on the Champs Elysee. The Final stage was won by Andre Greipel of Germany, winning his fourth stage, it was not however enough to defeat Peter Sagan of Slovakia for the sprinters Green Jersey. Froome, who survived an attack from Nario Quintana in the Alps the previous day, has a margin of 72 seconds in hand and he and his Team SKY crossed the line together in Paris. Froome also doubles up as the winner of the King Of The Mountain’s since the legendary Eddie Merckx in 1970.
Dutchman Michael Van Gerwin was in great form in Blackpool to defeat James Wade 18-12 in the Final of the World Matchplay in Blackpool. Mighty Mike had beaten Peter Wright with Wade defeating Phil Taylor in the semi-finals. The early stage were closely fought with both men missing doubles. The key stage came as Wade lead 6-5, Wade missed six darts allowing Van Gerwin to level. The Dutchman then took advantage of more missed doubles from Wade to take the lead with a 144 finish. Hitting another three 180’s he then stretched the lead to 9-6 and never looked back. Wade was well off his best and never recovered, looking as if his win over Taylor had taken too much out of him, only just averaging over 90. Van Gerwin hit 88 to take a 17-11 lead. Wade held his throw once more but Van Gerwin finished it off to take the second most important trophy in the calender, and setting a marker that he wants his world title back.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
On Le Champs Elysee, Paris
Tour De France – Final Stage
Final Stage result
1st Andre Griepel (Germany)
2nd Bryan Coquard (France)
3rd Alexander Kristoff (Norway)
Final Race Result
1st Chris Froome (GB)
2nd Nairo Quintana (Colombia) +1 min 12 secs
3rd Alejandro Valverde (Spain) +5 mins 25 secs
Sprinter Green Jersey Winner
Peter Sagan (Slovakia)
King Of The Mountains Winner
Chris Froome (GB)
Tour De France overall winner
Chris Froome (GB)
BOXING (Champion red, Challenger blue, New Champion yellow)
At Mandalay Bay Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
IBF,WBO & WBA light-heavyweight Title
Sergey Kovalev (Russia) beat Nadjib Mohammedi (Algeria) by KO in Round 3
Still IBF,WBO & WBA light-heavyweight Champion … Sergey Kovalev
At Hungaroring, Mogyorod, Hungary
Hungarian Grand Prix
Result (Top 5)
1st Sebastian Vettle – Germany (Ferrari)
2nd Daniil Kvyav – Russia (Red Bull)
3rd Daniel Ricardo – Australia (Red Bull)
4th Max Verstappen – Holland (Toro Rosso)
5th Fernando Alsonso – Spain (McLaren)
Championship (Top 3)
1st Lewis Hamilton – GB (Mercedes) 202 Points
2nd Nico Rosberg – Germany (Mercedes) 181 Points
3rd Sebastian Vettle – Germany (Ferrari) 161 Points
At The Nuremberger Gastain, Nuremberg
WTA Nuremberg Open Final
Sam Stosur (Australia) beat Karin Knapp (Italy) 2-1 (3-6, 7-6, 6-2)
Sam Stosur Wins the WTA Nuremberg Open
At The Winter Gardens, Blackpool
PDC World Matchplay Semi-Finals (Best of 33 legs)
James Wade (England) 17 Phil Taylor (England) 14
Michael Van Gerwin (Holland) 17 Peter Wright (Scotland) 12
PDC World Matchplay Final (Best of 35 legs)
Michael Van Gerwin (Holland) 18 James Wade (England) 12
Michael Van Gerwin wins the PDC World Matchplay Championship