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Bengal Warriors stun Dabang Delhi 39-34 in Pro Kabaddi final

Bengal Warriors produced an outstanding performance to beat Dabang Delhi 39-34 to clinch the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 title for the first time in front of a packed audience at the EKA Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

Bengal’s consistency in the most fiercely-fought season of VIVO PKL got rewarded as a composed performance by the team, captained by captain Mohammad Nabibakhsh’s 10-point game. This helped Bengal Warriors clinch the coveted title for the first time. Naveen Kumar was brilliant once again with 18 raid points for Delhi but uncharacteristic errors in the night cost Dabang Delhi K.C. the title.

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Pro Kabaddi Season 7 Final Preview: Dabang Delhi vs Bengal Warriors

An exhilarating, three-month long Season 7 of Pro Kabaddi has reached its culmination with Dabang Delhi K.C. set to battle Bengal Warriors for the coveted title at the EKA Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad on Saturday October 19th, 2019. Judging by the season’s performances, both table toppers and maiden finalists have deserved the right to play in the final, after having finished the league stages.

Interestingly, this will be the first time both Delhi and Bengal will play in the final which is a testimony to how tough and closely fought the current season of VIVO PKL has been. Pre-season favourites Tamil Thalaivas and three-time champions Patna Pirates struggled to impress while teams like UP Yoddha, with no real superstars in their ranks, dominated the league stages by utilising young players identified through the Future Kabaddi Heroes (FKH) programme.

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Luis crowned ITU World Champion, Blummenfelt discovers WTS gold in Lausanne

For a season that has had it all, the men’s WTS Grand Final delivered the ultimate final chapter on Saturday, with heroics from Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt and defending champion Mario Mola but, ultimately, France’s Vincent Luis grabbing the glory, digging as deep as he could to be crowned the 2019 ITU World Champion.

“That was a really tough race, I can’t believe it. The final 3km seemed like 10km for me, but the crowd was amazing, my parents were here and I just dug in really deep for them,” said an emotional Luis. “I just knew I needed to follow Mario as close as I could but I got dropped so just did my best to stay in touch and do what I needed to. You can’t buy a world title… beating guys like Mario and Javii… it is great to have my name with theirs.”

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Katie Zaferes imperious in Lausanne, closing incredible season as World Champion

Katie Zaferes became ITU World Champion on Saturday evening in the Olympic Capital Lausanne, sealing the greatest season of her career with a fifth WTS gold of the year. It all boiled down to another incredible battle with British duo Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor Brown, but it was Zaferes delivering yet another big finish, pulling away from Learmonth down the final 200 metres to drink in the magic of the moment that a hard season had built up to.

“I don’t even know if it has hit me yet, I had a lot of emotions and doubts coming in to this race but I’m just really happy right now,” said a thrilled Zaferes.“I worked really hard to get in the mental frame, I knew physically I was in the right frame, so I didn’t let it get to me too much. I’m just out there enjoying it and enjoying the process, and to do it on this course is amazing.”

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ITU announces 2019 Hall of Fame inductees

ITU today announced the six inductees for the fifth edition of the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at a gala dinner in Lausanne, the Olympic capital, the city that is hosting this week the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome these inductees into the ITU Hall of Fame,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “We are a very young International Federation, but we have been privileged enough to have witness some incredible athletes compete and accomplish amazing feats, so it is a great pleasure to have those great names included on our historical gallery”.

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