3 August 2015
Weekend Sport Round-Up: Arsenal, Ride London, Women’s British Open & Daley
We were lucky enough to watch the Community Shield live in person at Wembley Stadium. The atmosphere was electric, from the journey there to the walk to Wembley station to the match ending. There were football fans everywhere adorned in shirts, hats, scarves, full kit and fully prepared with giants flags. Arsenal and Chelsea fans chanted the recognised songs to see who was louder which made the atmosphere even more tense.
The end result was Arsenal 1 – Chelsea 0 with man of the match being Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain following his goal in the 24th minute. It was an interesting game, but less goals than we would have liked but an exciting start to the season, with Arsenal taking the Shield over the expected winners Chelsea.
The win for Arsenal meant that Wenger has beaten Mourinho for the first time in 14 meetings, is this a sign of things to come this season? Maybe Mourinho thought so shown by his bad sportsmanship by throwing his runner’s up medal to the fans. Either way we’re excited for it all to kick start.
Prudential Ride London took place on Sunday and what fantastic weather the spectators were blessed with. The brave cyclists, taking on 100 miles across London battled the heat and following the atrocious weather of 2014 it was nice to see the sun shine all day long.
25, 824 riders took part on the London track which travelled from Olympic Park in East London in a mostly flat to undulating race, however Leith Hill and Box Hill in Surrey made it tough with some serious hills. Riders travelled through Leatherhead, Oxshot and Esher before finishing on the Mall, outside Buckingham Palace.
It was mainly a British affair, but the first amateur rider across the line was an Italian, Francesco Cipoletta accompanied by a London-based Austrian, Gunther Zechmann in an incredibly speedy 3 hours and 57 minutes.
For the Pros it was BMC’s Jean-Pierre Drucker who took first place, followed by NL Lotto-Jumbo’s Mike Teunissen and Team Sky and Britain’s Ben Swift after his first race back after injury. A fantastic race for Swift with a long lead during the race, but not quite enough to take the win. Former World Champion and 25-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish and four-time Olympic Champion Bradley Wiggins also took part with Wiggins saying “this race is very special, it’s always fantastic to race on home road”.
Inbee Park, the world number one, aged 27 claimed her seventh golf major title by beating fellow South Korean Ko Jin-Young at Turnberry this weekend. Park shot an impressive seven Birdies and an Eagle which is a joint course record. She has won 6 of the past 14 majors which is just short of the record of 10.
Our Brits did well too, with England’s Melissa Reid and Wales’ Amy Boulden tying for ninth on four under.
A weekend full of sport and we couldn’t miss out on the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan Russia, where Great Britain’s Tom Daley won his second medal of the championships with Bronze in the men’s 10m platform event. He was beaten by China’s Qiu Bo who took Gold and David Boudia who took Silver.
Continuing in the world of diving, Tonia Couch equaled her best individual finish with 8th place in the 10m platform final securing a British quota place for the fast-approaching Rio 2016 Olympics by reaching the final in Russia. Bring on Rio!