Over the past week, sports enthusiasts have been treated to a captivating spectacle of epic proportions. The week has truly had everything from the high-energy battles on the netball court to the adrenaline-fueled clashes on the football field.
Netball World Cup
The Netball World Cup preliminary stage one saw some exciting clashes. The host nation, South Africa, started on a high note by winning two of their three matches against Wales (61-50) and Sri Lanka (87-32). Unfortunately for the Proteas, they could not round off their wins, losing to Jamaica (49-67).
Uganda secured two wins in their first three matches, defeating Singapore (79-37) and Trinidad & Tobago (74-34). Unfortunately, the SheCranes could not round off their wins, losing to New Zealand (44-54).
Zimbabwe endured a difficult start to their tournament and failed to secure a victory in their first three matches. The Gems suffered multiple defeats against Australia (30-86), Fiji (48-52), and Tonga (46-55).
Malawi started their World Cup campaign triumphantly, with a victory over Scotland (55-49), and continued their efforts by confidently beating Barbados (84-48). Unfortunately for the Malawi Queens, they couldn’t round off their run, losing to England (39-62).
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— Netball World Cup (@NetballWorldCup) July 31, 2023
FIFA Women’s World Cup
Nigeria won the hearts of many football enthusiasts after causing the biggest upset of the tournament so far, defeating co-hosts Australia (3-2) in an exciting fixture. Nigeria is in good contention to advance but needs Australia to lose to Canada to progress to the knockout stages.
— SportsDokita (Odogwu ☝️) (@Sports_Doctor2) July 27, 2023
South Africa proved their mettle in an epic clash against Argentina (2-2), which saw exciting talent emerge. Unfortunately, the draw has put them in a challenging situation, as they now have to defeat Italy on August 2nd to advance.
Morocco has shown their footballing prowess but has yet to position themselves well to advance, relying on South Korea to topple the Germans while Morocco focuses their attention on Colombia.
Zambia has found their World Cup campaign challenging, losing their first two games, which means they will not be able to advance, regardless of how their match against Costa Rica ends.
Tour de France Femmes
South African Ashleigh Moolman Pasio continued battling on in the Tour de France Femmes. She secured sixth place in the General classification, second place in the Points classification, seventh in the Mountain classification, fourth in the Queen’s stage, and 45th in the Time Trial. Her exciting talent has paved the way for future cyclists hoping to find themselves in the saddle one day.
World Aquatics Championships
South African Lara Van Niekerk exhibited her swimming skills in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke final but missed out on the podium by 0.05 seconds, resulting in a fourth-place finish.
Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui proved his ability in the water by claiming a well-deserved gold medal in the Men’s 1500m Final. Not only that, but he also now holds the African record for the Men’s 1500m Freestyle, an incredible achievement.
After 1500m 😲😲
🇹🇳Ahmed Hafnaoui 👉14:31.54
🇺🇸Bobby Finke 👉14:31.59
— World Aquatics (@WorldAquatics) July 30, 2023
Source Credit: Women’s Health
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