Each weekend we take a look back on the sporting highs from across Ireland and around the world through the medium of numbers.
This weekend we look at speed on the streets and on the track, dynasties created and taken down in Gaelic Games, and a worrying number from Germany…
Fionnuala McCormack warmed up for next weekend’s European Cross Country Championships at the Sport Ireland Campus in unusual fashion on Sunday, setting a new personal best time in the Marathon over in Valencia, Spain. This was over two minutes faster than her previous best from Chicago in 2019 and puts her as the second fastest Irish woman ever at the extreme distance, behind Catherina McKiernan
The number of Galway Senior Hurling Championships which St Thomas’ have now won after a three-point victory over Clarinbridge.
The year like no other for Meath Ladies Football continued on Sunday as Meath Champions Dunboyne, including Footballer of the Year Vikki Wall overcame Dublin and Six-Time Leinster Champions Foxrock Cabinteely to claim a first-ever Leinster title for Sean Boylan’s home club, and only a second ever for the Royal County.
The number of points that Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are tied on at the top of the F1 Championship after 21 races of the 22 race season. Sunday’s first-ever Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia was as dramatic and engrossing sporting event as any this year and the Championship will now be decided next week in Abu Dhabi.
Racehorse trainer Gordon Elliott saddled seven winners out of the eight races at Navan on Saturday, and then followed up with three more yesterday at Punchestown and Cork.
The percentage of capacity allowed across the German Bundesliga this weekend as German authorities introduced new restrictions to curb the rising numbers of Covid cases in the fourth wave.
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