Monday, 8 July 2013

A weekend of Sport for the British to be proud of

So it was the last weekend of Wimbledon, the deciding test for the Lions, the German Grand Prix and the Tour de France rumbles on.

The massive story from the weekend was Andy Murray's victory at Wimbledon in straight sets over Novak Djokovic. After last years disappointment, losing to Federer, Murray seemed to have a steady determination in his eyes from the very start of this match. At one point, in the second set he was 4-1 down and somehow come back to take the set without losing a game. The pure relief as Djokovic smashed a return into the net to hand Murray victory was plain to see, the normally subdued tennis crowd sounded more like a football crowd. I'd like to finish the comments on Wimbledon with my favourite picture from the day, Scottish first minister Alex Salmond and David Cameron enjoying the day...

The German grand prix didn't quite go as planned for the British drivers. Hamilton had a great Friday practise and even better Saturday qualifying, securing pole position. However, tyre problems left him finishing the grand prix in 5th position, one ahead of compatriot Jenson Button. Button would be happier with his finish considering the poor state of the McLaren car this year. Di Resta would finish just outside of the points in 11th with the other Brit Max Chilton in last position.

The British and Irish Lions went to Australia looking for a first test win for 16 years. They went into Saturday's match tied at 1-1, however, what followed next was not expected. The Lions were in breath-taking form and ran in 4 tries in a spectacular 41-16 victory. Now I won't go into detail, mainly because I don't follow rugby personally but I know that many people were pleased.

Finally, the Tour de France is entering it's second week and Britain's Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey after a punishing stage 9. Froome survived a series of attacks and leads by one minute and 25 seconds. Irishman Dan Martin won the stage from Jakob Fuglsang after the two broke away from the peloton. It was a tough day for Team Sky who lost Richie Porte, starting in second place, slip badly and finish nearly 18 minutes behind the leaders. Froome looks set to hold on and give Britain a second Tour de France winner only a year after their first.

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