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 history in the Australian Open, A Round of Draws in the Allianz League, A major comeback in the NFL, shooting woes in an All Ireland Final and more…
It was flagged as our Number One sporting event of the weekend and the Australian Open Men’s Final delivered on Sunday morning. Rafa Nadal broke the three-way tie at the top of the sport’s legend ranking by a come from behind win against Daniyl Medvedev to secure a 21st Grand Slam title, one ahead of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. That he did so at the age of 35, after a six-month absence through injury, and in a Final that lasted for five hours and 24 minutes only adds to the lustre.
The Opening round of the Allianz Football League produced an upset at Croke Park with Armagh taking down Dublin but elsewhere it was as close as you could get with the other three top-flight games ending up all square.
The number of points of a half-time deficit that the Cincinnati Bengals overcame against the heavily favoured Kansas City Chiefs to win a spot in this year’s Super Bowl in two weeks time. Second season quarterback Joe Burrow is an Ohio boy and is now America’s sporting hero after leading the perennial underdogs from winning only two games in 2019 to making their first Super Bowl in 33 years.
The number of minutes it took for reigning champions Mourneabbey to score their first point from play in Sunday’s Currentaccount.ie All Ireland Ladies Football Club Final. It meant victory for the hard-working Kilkerrin-Clonberne team, led by Player of the Match Olivia Divilly. It would be great to know the amount of ground she covered in the match as she was everywhere on the pitch.
Molly Scott became Ireland’s fastest ever female indoor sprinter at the Irish Intervarsity Championships in Athlone. She equalled the record previously held by Amy Foster in the semi-final and then shave four one-hundredths of a second off in the final.
Racehorse owner JP McManus recorded his 4,000th winner in the sport on Saturday when Chantry House won the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham.