The Big Sports Quiz of The Year 2017 (Part Two) – Fifty harder questions about the Sporting Year in the World and Britain

The Big Sports Quiz of The Year 2017 (Part Two) – Fifty harder questions about the Sporting Year in the World and Britain arranged in groups of ten which get more difficult the further you go.

QUESTIONS

LEVEL 6

41 Which rugby league team finished top of the English League but were defeated in the Grand Final of the Super League play-offs?
42 At the world swimming championships Adam Peaty won gold but Britain also won two other gold medals. Name the swimmer who won the 50m butterfly or the relay event that Britain won.
43 Kristina Cook and Oliver Townend were two of the British team that won European Championship gold medals in which sport?
44 Which country took gold in both men and women’s curling world championships?
45 Which country won both men’s and women’s EuroHockey championships?
46 Which player did Roger Federer defeat in the Wimbledon final to win his record eighth title?
47 Which Irish horse trainer set a new world record for the most winners in one season in Group One flat races?
48 Why was this trainer not too upset when his horse came second in the Melbourne Cup?
49 Which British man won the Big Air freestyle skiing gold medal at the Winter X Games?
50 A team representing which country won the America’s Cup in sailing?

 

LEVEL 7

51 Which nation topped the medals table at the world fencing championships with four golds?
52 Which country,the host nation, won the world men’s handball title for a record sixth time?
53 Which country defeated China in the final of Badminton’s Sudirman Cup to become the first team since 2003 to beat the Chinese in this competition?
54 Which driver won his fifth successive world rally championship?
55 Which nation topped the medals table at the world wrestling championships including four golds from the eight women’s events?
56 Which country won their first ever men’s European Basketball title?
57 Laura Ludwig & Kira Walkenhorst won the world championship in which sport?
58 Which country won the women’s Lacrosse World Cup for the third successive time?
59 Which English player won the Golden Boot at the women’s European football Championships?
60 Which British kayaker won the world K1 200m title?

LEVEL 8

61 Which Canadian couple won their third world ice dance championships title?
62 Two British women won gold medals at the world cycling track championships. Can you name either?
63 Which South American nation won the women’s team title at the world archery champs?
64 Name either the Dutch man or woman who won the all-round titles at the world long track speed-skating championship?
65 Which Austrian won the men’s giant slalom and slalom titles at the world skiing championships?
66 Which two nations contested the final of the World Baseball Classic?
67 Which Latvian won his fifth world skeleton bob world championship?
68 Which Norwegian woman, who holds the record for most world titles, won four golds at the cross-country skiing world championships?
69 Nour El Sherbini was one of three women from which country to make the semi-finals of the women’s world Open squash championships?

 

LEVEL 9

70 Which Korean woman won the Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year and the US Open golf title?
71 Which American male swimmer won seven golds at the world championships?
72 World triathlon series champion Flora Duffy is from which country?
73 Britain’s Mallory Franklin won two world titles including individual gold in which sport?
74 Which Welsh driver became the first British driver to win his home round of the World Rally championship for seventeen years?
75 The world trampoline championships also included other non-Olympic gymnastics events. In which event did Great Britain win the men’s team gold?
76 Who won his tenth world judo title when winning the heavyweight gold at the world champs?
77 The winners of each of the five individual gold medals at the world rhythmic gymnastics championships are related in what way?
78 Which Australian won his first world speedway championship title?
79 Which team won their eleventh Australian Rules football Premiership title, it was their first one since 1980?
80 Which country won their first ever gold medal in Modern Pentathlon when taking the men’s team title at the world championships?

 

LEVEL 10

81 Swedish sportswoman Tove Alexandersson won three golds at the world championships in which sport?
82 Which golfer scored 62, which set a new major championship record. at Birkdale in the third round of the Open?
83 Which multi-event competition, for sports not included in the Olympics was held in Wrocław in 2017 and will be in 2021 held in Birmingham?
84 Sohrab Moradi who set world records at clean and jerk and overall in winning gold at the world weightlifting championships is from which country?
85 Which American, the first woman to medal in six consecutive Olympics at any sport, won a gold medal in the team skeet at the world championships?
86 Which player retained his world table tennis men’s singles title?
87 Which German woman won five gold medals at the world biathlon championships, including three of the four individual events?
88 Which German man won gold medals in all four events at the world championships in Nordic Combined?
89 Which Russian won four golds in synchronized swimming at the world championships?
90 Which Czech rower won his fifth world title in the Single Sculls event?

 

ANSWERS

41 Castleford
42 Ben Proud in the 50m butterfly, the mens 4x200m freestyle relay
43 Three Day event
44 Canada
45 The Netherlands
46 Marin Cilic
47 Aidan O’Brien
48 The winner was trained by his son
49 James Woods
50 New Zealand
51 Italy
52 France
53 South Korea
54 Sebastien Ogier
55 Japan
56 Slovenia
57 Beach Volleyball
58 USA
59 Jodie Taylor
60 Liam Heath
61 Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
62 Elinor Barker (points race) and Kate Archibald (Omnium)
63 Colombia
64 Sven Kramer and Ireen Wust
65 Marcel Hirscher
66 USA beat Puerto Rico
67 Martins Dukurs
68 Marit Bjørgen
69 Egypt
70 Park Sung-hyun
71 Caeleb Dressel
72 Bermuda
73 Canoe Slalom
74 Elfyn Evans
75 Tumbling
76 Teddy Riner
77 They are twin sisters (Dina and Arina Averina)
78 Jason Doyle
79 Richmond
80 Egypt
81 Orienteering
82 Branden Grace
83 The World Games
84 Iran
85 Kim Rhode
86 Ma Long
87 Laura Dahlmeier
88 Johannes Rydzek
89 Svetlana Kolesnichenko
90 Ondřej Synek

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History of Sport 1914: Harry Vardon wins a record sixth Open Golf Championship and Dorothea Douglass’s seventh Wimbledon singles title. Jimmy Wilde’s world flyweight reign begins

Some of the notable events in sport in 1914:

In Aussie Rules football Port Adelaide become the only SAFA/SAFL/SANFL team to finish with a perfect season, overall winning thirty consecutive matches including one against a combined team from the other six SAFL clubs and one against Carlton.

The first technical rules for international athletics competitions are established and the first official list of world records is established.

In baseball Dutch Leonard pitches an ERA of 0.96, the second best ever recorded.

A World Flyweight boxing championship is proposed for the first time after Great Britain’s Jimmy Wilde defeats Eugene Husson in London. Wilde holds the title for much of the time until 1923.

Percy Jones of Great Britain also wins a version of the world flyweight title.

Britain’s Freddie Welsh defeats Willie Ritchie over 20 rounds in London to win the World Lightweight Championship. Welsh holds the title until 1917.

Britain’s Matt Wells wins the world welterweight title.

The 1914 English cricket season is cancelled at the end of August because of the outbreak of the First World War. The last four matches to be played all finish on 2 September and the remaining five scheduled fixtures are cancelled.

The NHA and PCHA agree to start an annual playoff in 1915 to decide the Stanley Cup winner in ice-hockey.

The rugby union Five Nations Championship series is won by England who complete the Grand Slam.

At tennis in the Wimbledon Women’s Singles Championship – Britain’s Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers wins her seventh singles title

Harry Vardon (GB) wins his sixth Open golf Championship.  This is a record number of wins in the Open that still stands.

Oscar Mathisen (Norway) wins his fifth world overall speed skating title.

The first international land yachting championships are staged.

In Rugby League Huddersfield defeat Swinton Park Rangers by 119 points to 2 in the Northern Union Cup.  Albert Rosenfeld scores 80 tries in 42 matches in the season for Huddersfield.

A single plank-gliding contest is held at Scarborough and won by H.Storry.  This is a forerunner to water-skiing.

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The Big Sports Quiz of The Year 2017 (Part One) – Fifty questions about the Sporting Year in the World and Britain which start easy but get more difficult the further you go

 

 

This year  I have decided for a change that instead of a list of the winners of the various events I will set a quiz.

Here are fifty questions about sporting events in 2017 and in particular who won some of the major events.

The questions are in groups of ten starting with very easy ones about the most well-known winners. The next group of ten questions is a little harder and the third even more difficult until the final group of ten which will really test the knowledge of the biggest sports fan. If you get 6 or more out of 10 correct in a group you should be ready to attempt the next group.  The first ten are so easy that I decide to add a supplementary question to test you further which vary in difficulty but are probably around level 3 or 4.  There is a geographical mix of questions but a good number are about British sport.

The questions are across a large number of sports and in the second part of the quiz which I shall post next week there will be some even harder questions on more obscure sports for anyone who has completed level 4 successfully.

QUESTIONS

Level 1

1 Which European golfer won the Masters at Augusta in his 74th Major? Which player did he beat in a play-off?
2 Which tennis player won the women’s singles at the Australian Open, her 23rd singles title in Grand Slams? Whose record for most grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era did she beat?
3 Which British cyclist won the Tour de France for the fourth time? Which other Grand Tour did he win?
4 Which football team won the UEFA Champions League? How many times have they won the European Cup or Champions League?
5 Which athlete made his final championship appearance at the World Championships in London and came third in the 100m? Who was the winner of that race?
6 Which team won the women’s rugby union World Cup? Who did they beat in the final?
7 Which country won the women’s cricket World Cup? Who were the defeated team in that final?
8 Which Formula One driver won his fourth world title? Who was runner-up in the championship?
9 Who defeated Conor MacGregor in the most hyped boxing fight of the year? How many professional fights has the winner of this bout won?
10 Which British diver won a gold and a silver medal at the world championships? In which events did he win medals?

 

Level 2 (British Sport)

11 Which England cricket all-rounder wasn’t picked for the tour of Australia following an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol?
12 Which British skater won three world titles at the world short-track championships?
13 Which British swimmer retained his world 50m breaststroke title and broke the World Record?
14 Which British football team set a record of 69 consecutive league matches undefeated?
15 England won the 6 Nations rugby union title but were denied a Grand Slam when they lost to which country?
16 Which British woman was the first for nearly forty years to reach the semi-finals of the singles at Wimbledon?
17 Who did Anthony Joshua defeat to win the world WBA and IBO heavyweight titles?
18 In which combat sport did Bianca Walkden win her second world championship gold medal?
19 Which British woman won three world titles (at 100m,400m and 800m) at the world Para athletics championships?
20 In which two events did Great Britain win gold medals at the World Athletics Championships?

Level 3
21 Which American Football quarterback helped the New England Patriots to make the biggest ever Superbowl comeback to win their fifth title?
22 Which baseball team won their first World Series championship?
23 Which team won the NBA championship, losing just one match out of seventeen in the play-offs?
24 Which rugby union club team retained the European Cup?
25 Which player won his third world snooker title?
26 Which player won his second world PDC darts championship?
27 England lost in the semi-finals of the women’s European Championships to which nation, the hosts and eventual winners?
28 Which country won five of the ten golds at the world amateur boxing championships?
29 One For Arthur was the first horse since 1979 to be trained in Scotland to win which famous horse race?
30 Which English team won the rugby league world club challenge?

Level 4
31 Which country won the African Cup of Nations football tournament?
32 Which ice-hockey team became the first to retain the Stanley Cup since 1995?
33 Which gymnast became the first Briton to win an all-round title at the European championships?
34 Which unseeded player won the women’s singles at the French Open?
35 Which county won the English County cricket Championship just a year after being promoted to the top division?
36 Who won the Moto GP world championship for the fourth time?
37 England won two youth football world cups. In which age groups were these?
38 Man Utd won the Europa League by defeating which club in the final?
39 Who was Jamie Murray’s partner when he won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title?
40 Which team did England defeat in the rugby league world cup semi final?

 

ANSWERS

1 Sergio Garcia who beat Justin Rose in a play-off
2 Serena Williams beat Steffi Graf’s total
3 Chris Frome who also won the Vuelta a Espana
4 Real Madrid have won the European Cup or Champions League twelve times
5 Usain Bolt came third. Justin Gatlin won the race
6 New Zealand beat England
7 England beat India
8 Lewis Hamilton won the title ahead of Sebastian Vettel
9 Floyd Mayweather has won all fifty of his professional fights
10 Tom Daley won two medals at the world championships gold in 10m and silver in the mixed synchro springboard.
11 Ben Stokes
12 Elise Christie
13 Adam Peaty
14 Celtic
15 Ireland
16 Johanna Konta
17 Wladimir Klitschko
18 Taekwondo
19 Hannah Cockroft
20 The 10000m (Mo Farah) and the men’s 4x100m relay
21 Tom Brady
22 The Houston Astros
23 Golden State Warriors
24 Saracens
25 Mark Selby
26 Michael van Gerwen
27 The Netherlands
28 Cuba
29 The Grand National
30 Wigan Warriors
31 Cameroon
32 Pittsburgh Penguins
33 Ellie Downie
34 Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia
35 Essex
36 Marc Marquez
37 Under 20s and Under 17s
38 Ajax (the score was 2-0)
39 Martina Hingis
40 Tonga

 

 

 

 

 

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The Greatest Women 100m Runners of All-Time: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Evelyn Ashford

Deciding who I think is the greatest women’s 100m runner of all-time has been the most difficult of any event so far.  The waters are muddied in this event by the prominence in 100m championships of athletes who were almost certainly aided by drugs.  How should I deal with that and upgrading the efforts of athletes who finished behind?  In addition some athletes of earlier decades who won titles were later reclassified as non female athletes.

Another difficulty is that the event is the most competitive in women’s athletics.  there has been no single athlete who has been dominant for more than four years and the ones who have been at the top for that long often mised out on the Olympic gold so deciding between them has been tricky.

My choices for consideration for the top ten are:

Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) – one of only three women to win the Olympic title at 100m twice and the only one to win medals in three successive Games at 100m. She was a great championship competitor who won the Olympics 100m gold in 2008 and 2012 and three world titles (in 2009,2013 and 2015). She has won three Diamond League 100m titles and has run several of the fastest 100m times ever.

Evelyn Ashford (USA) – the outstanding sprinter of the 1980s, especially if you take account of the likely drug use of many of her main rivals.  She had a great rivalry with Marlies Gohr in particular.  Ashford was the Olympic Champion in 1984 and won another silver.  She set world records in 1983 and 1984.  If  only “clean” athletes are considered it is probable that she was the leading 100m runner in the world in six separate years.

Ashford may have had a slightly longer time at the top and didn’t have as many championship opportunities as Fraser.  However, Fraser’s brilliant championship record just make me pick her as my number one.

These two are in my mind clear of the rest but after that it is very hard to pick the order. These are others I considered and they could be in any order within the Top Ten.

East German athletes are still included in the official records and if you are to count them I would have Marlies Gohr and Renate Stecher in my Top Ten.  Gohr was a consistent performer for several years and won the 1983 world 100m title.  She broke the world record three times and won .  Stecher was the Olympic champion in 1972 and set a world record in doing it.  She also set or equalled the world record in the event five other times.

Fanny Blankers-Koen (NED) – a brilliant athlete in many different events who in 1948 won four Olympic golds including the 100m.  She also won the 1950 European title and won another European bronze at 100m.  At her peak in the War years of the early 1940s there were no championships but she still set some outstanding marks.  She set an unofficial  world record equalling mark in 1943 .  In 1938 she had set a world record for the 100 yards.

Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica) – her major successes cdame over 200m but she was also the worlds leading 100m runner in four years in the early 2000s.  She was world champion in 200 and won two other medals.

Wyomia Tyus (USA) – the Olynpic champion in 1964 and 1968, the first woman to win this title twice.  She had a good career outside these titles with three national titles but was never world number one in the years between Games.  She set a world record in 1968 at the Olympics ahaving equalled the record three times in earlier years.

Carmelita Jeter (USA) – world champion in 2011 and a medallist in four other championships.  She also ran some of the fastest recorded times in the event.

Merlene Ottey (Jamaica) – the best sprinter of the early 1990s with four years as world number one and many medals but she never won a major championship gold at 100m.

An athlete who was at the top for several years and would have been in my Top Ten was Stanisława Walasiewicz who won the Olympic title in 1932 and set three world records. She was later found to be inter-sex having a male Y chromosome and so although her results still stand in the record books it is hard to evaluate the worth of the performances.
Another athlete who would have been considered on the basis of performances at the time is Ewa Kłobukowska who was European champion in 1966 and set a world record in 1965. However, she was another who fell foul of gender testing and her results are open to question. Her compatriot Irena Szewinska would have been the world’s best instead in those mid-60s years and had success into the 1970s when she won the European title.

Many people have Wilma Rudolph as one of their favourites at 100m.  She was brilliant when winning the 1960 Olympics but had only a short time at the top of the sport and are considered for my Top Ten.  Helen Stephens is another who had only a short career but won an Olympic title in 1936 and set world records that took the mark down considerably in the mid 1930s.

I leave it to you to decide which of these you think deserve a place in the Top Ten with the complications I have described.

 

 

 

 

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British Sports Hall of Fame 1939: Malcolm Campbell, Evie Pinching, Wavell Wakefield and Harold Whitlock

My choices to enter the British Sports Hall of Fame in 1939 are

Malcolm Campbell (Motor Sport), – one of the most famous figures in motor sport in the 1920s and 1930s. He set world land speed and water speed records in his vehicles named Bluebird. The first of these was the land speed record in 1924 when he went at 146 mph. He went on to set eight more land speed records with the final one in 1935 when he became the first man to exceed 300 mph in an automobile. He then turned his attention to the water spped record and broke the record four times between 1937 and 1939 at a speed of 141 mph. He competed in motor racing and won the Grand Prix de Boulogne in 1927 and 1928.

Evie Pinching  – the first British woman to win a world title at skiing when she won the championships in downhill and combined in 1936.  She came second in the slalom discipline at the same championships.

Wavell Wakefield (Rugby Union) – the former record holder for most caps by an England player in international rugby. He appeared for England 31 times from 1920 to 1927 and was captain on 13 occasions. He led England to back-to-back Grand Slams. He helped revolutionise the role of the back row forward. Prior to Wakefield their role was mainly static. Wakefield’s athleticism enabled him to play a more dynamic role: pressuring the opposition half backs in defence and supporting the attacks of the three quarters.  He played for Harlequins 136 times and scored 51 tries between 1919 and 1930.  He also played for Leicester scoring ten tries.

Harold Whitlock (Athletics) – one of Britain’s most durable international athletes.  He competed at the top level for nearly twenty years.  He set a world record for the 30 mile walk in 1935 and that year was the first man to walk from London to Brighton in under eight hours.  The following year he won the Olympic title at the 50 km walk.  The War interrupted his career in athletics but afterwards he resumed it and competed internationally until 1952 when he came 11th in the Olympics aged 48, which made him Britain’s oldest ever international competitor.

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The History of Sport 1913: Suffragette intervention at the Derby, Leon Meredith wins his seventh world cycling title.

Some of the most notable events in sport in 1913:

The inaugural European Bandy Championship is held in Davos, Switzerland, and is won by England.

Golf –  Francis Ouimet is the first amateur to win the US Open in a surprise playoff victory over Harry Vardon and Ted Ray.

Leon Meredith of Britain wins his seventh world title in the 100km motor-paced cycling event.

The Derby is won by Aboyeur at a price of 100-1 after the first horse past the post Craganour is disqualified but the event is remembered because the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison is killed when she tries to grab hold of the King’s horse Anmer as the horses race.

The first automatic totalizator for betting is installed at Ellerslie race course in New Zealand.

The IAAF, the governing body of world athletics, is ratified in Berlin a year after its foundation in Stockholm. Sixteen nations are members.

In the first world heavyweight world title fight to involve two black boxers Jack Johnson and Jim Johnson draw in Paris.

Ted “Kid” Lewis is the first boxer to wear a gumshield.

Anthony Wilding of New Zealand wins his fourth successive Wimbledon singles title.

Marcos Torres (France) wins the world all-round gymnastics title for the second time.

Huddersfield win a treble of rugby league’s Championship, Challenge Cup and Yorkshire Cup.  Leeds set a record that still stands as a record score for the league when defeating Coventry 112-0.

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Most Appearances in the English Rugby League Super League Dream Team: The All-Star Dream Team

Each year the English Rugby League chooses a “Dream Team” of the best players in each position for that Super League season.  This year it is the 20th Super League Grand Final and the 22nd such  Dream Team (the first was in 1996) and I thought it would be a good time to look at which players have been selected most times in each position.  This gives a Dream Team of Dream Teams which looks like this.  The dates show the years of the first and last selections for the team.

  1. FULL BACK Kris Radlinski (Wigan) 5 selections from 1998 – 2002

2.  RIGHT WING Jason Robinson (Wigan) 5  from 1996 – 2000

3.  CENTRE George Carmont (Wigan) 3 from 2008 – 2012

4. CENTRE Keith Senior (Leeds) 5 from 2002 – 2010

Positions 3 and 4 are both centres and have been slightly interchangeable in the Dream Teamm selection.  Carmont and Senior have both been picked at 3 and 4 but I show the total selections in either centre position.

5. LEFT WING Ryan Hall (Leeds) 4 from 2009 – 2014

6. STAND OFF Iestyn Harris (St.Helens) 2 in 1998 and 1999, Danny McGuire (Leeds) 2 in 2004 and 2006, Sam Tomkins (Wigan) 2 in 2009 and 2010, Danny Brough (Huddersfield) 2 in 2013 and 2015

Note Sam Tomkins has also appeared three times in the Dream Team at Full Back (number 1)

7. SCRUM HALF Adrian Lam (Wigan) 3 from 2001 – 2003, Rob Burrow (Leeds) 3 between 2005 – 2008

8. PROP Terry O’Connor (Wigan) 4  from 1996 – 2002

The Props are numbers 8 and 10.  My Props have been picked in both positions.  The totals show number of appearances at either Prop position in the Dream Team selections.

9. HOOKER Keiron Cunningham (St.Helens) 7 from 1996 – 2008

10. PROP Jamie Peacock (Leeds) 2007 to 2015 6  from (He also made 5 appearances in the Second Row)

11. SECOND ROW Jamie Peacock (Leeds) 5 from 2000 – 2005

12. SECOND ROW Ben Westwood (Warrington) 4  from 2008 – 2012

13. LOOSE FORWARD Andrew Farrell (Wigan) 6 from 1996 – 2003, Sean O’Loughlin 6 from 2010 – 2017

Most appearances in any position are 11 by Jamie Peacock.

 

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