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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sport Saturday: Aquatic Worlds! Tours de France, Sri Lanka, England

Budapest, Hungary:  Last night the 17th FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 were opened, and will continue until July 30th in Budapest.  The Aquatics Worlds take place every two years, and are a festival of all things related to swimming and diving.

The two main competition venues are located in Budapest: Danube Arena, a brand-new indoor swimming pool complex for swimming and diving on the eastern bank of the Danube, just north of Margaret Island, and the existing Alfréd Hajós National Swimming Stadium, on Margaret Island itself, for water polo.  Open water swimming events will be held at Lake Balaton.   High diving and synchronized swimming will be held at temporary venues in Budapest.  

The Hungarians are beasts in Water Polo, so expect some exciting competition in the men's tournament, which starts on Monday with a round robin format in small group competition for the 16 countries who have made it thus far.  Today's action features men's one meter diving. 

France:  Friday's stage of the Tour de France, Stage 13,  was won by a Frenchman,  appropriate for Bastille Day.  Winner Warren Barguil outlasted all challengers on a chaotic, action filled day, with three category one climbs, and lots of curves and turns near the finish.   Italian cyclist Fabio Aru is the race leader.  

Today's action, in Stage 14,  features  a 181.5 km slog across southwest France, from Blagnac to Rodez.  The stage will feature three Category 3 climbs, and an almost continuous incline, the finish being at a much higher altitude than the start city. 

Silvis, Illinois:  In a run up to the British Open, Professional Golf's PGA Tour this week features the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run, in Hampton Township, near Silvis, Illinois.   Known for many decades as the Quad Cities Open, with various title sponsorships, the Tournament has been title sponsored by John Deere since the late 1990s.  Young golfers, including Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, often have seen their early successes noticed by others at the this tournament.   At the end of Friday's Round two, 25 year old Patrick Rodgers let at 13 under par, Bryson DeChambeau was in second place at 11 under par. 

In international Cricket, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka are meeting, beginning today, in their sole test at Colombo.  South Africa continues their tour of England with their 2nd Test continuing  today  at Nottingham.  

1 comment:

Xersex said...

happy Saturgay!