24 April 2019
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Weekly women’s sports news: September 4

September 5, 2016
Rachel-ATherton

Rachel Atherton has made history by winning all seven rounds of the 2016 Mountain Bike World Cup. Elsewhere Laura Muir was crowned Diamond league champion, Holly Lawrence crowned half ironman World Champion, Jade Clarke became England’s most capped netball player of all-time and Manchester City and Birmingham Ladies will meet in the Continental Cup final.
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Cycling: Rachel Atherton completes history-making UCI Mountain Bike Downhill Cup season.
Britain’s Rachel Atherton won her 13th consecutive UCI Mountain Bike Downhill Cup in Andorra to make history with a perfect series. Atherton has won all seven rounds in the 2016 campaign, the first rider to achieve the feat. And in doing so the 29-year-old smashed Anne Caroline Chausson’s previous record of nine consecutive wins. Full story via British Cycling

Athletics: Laura Muir crowned Diamond League champion
Laura Muir’s week to remember continued as she clinched the IAAF Diamond League title in Zurich. Muir, 23, beat her own British 1500m record by more than two seconds to win last week’s Diamond League race in Paris. And her second place finish behind American Shannon Rowbury in Switzerland ensured she finished just ahead of Kenyan Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon in the overall standings. Full story via TeamGB

Triathlon: Holly Lawrence crowned half ironman 70.3 world champion
Swansea triathlete Holly Lawrence has won the women’s half ironman 70.3 World Championship in Australia. Lawrence, who competed for Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, finished her swim, bike and run in a total time of four hours, nine minutes and 11 seconds on the Sunshine Coast. The 26-year-old was nearly two minutes ahead of Australian two-time winner Melissa Hauschildt. Full story via The BBC

Football: Manchester Utd and Birmingham City Ladies reach Continental Cup final 

Manchester City Women reached the Continental Cup final with a narrow home win over holders Arsenal Ladies. Scotland defender Jennifer Beattie lashed in the game’s only goal late on after Arsenal had the better chances. Defeat saw four-time winners Arsenal fail to reach the final for the first time in the cup’s six-year history. Full story via the BBC

Birmingham City Ladies reached the Continental Cup final with a comfortable victory at London Bees. Saves from goalkeeper Beth Davies kept Bees in the first half, until Kirsty Linnett’s low header from Emily Westwood’s cross opened the scoring. After the break, Kerys Harrop headed in a second before Charlie Wellings’ long-range strike added the Blues’ third. An own goal from Davies made it 4-0 late on as she diverted Andrine Hegerberg’s curling corner goalwards. Full story via the BBC

Netball: Jade Clarke wins 129th cap as England beat South Africa
Jade Clarke became England’s most capped netball player of all-time as the Roses ended their Quad Series campaign with victory over South Africa. Roses mid-courter Clarke, who plays for Adelaide Thunderbird took to the court for the 129th time as the Roses finished on a high with a 57-44 defeat of the Proteas. Full story via SkySports

Tennis: Johanna Konta knocked out of US Open by Anastasija Sevastovain
British number one Johanna Konta has been knocked out of the US Open fourth round by Anastasija Sevastova. The 13th seed lost 6-4 7-5 against the Latvian world number 48. Konta trailed 4-1 in the second set and saved two match points en route to levelling at 5-5 but Sevastova broke serve to win on her third match point. Full story via the BBC

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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