What is the longest-standing individual world record in athletics?

What is the longest-standing individual world record in athletics? The longest-standing individual world record in athletics is the 1:53.28 for the women’s 800 metres set by Czech athlete Jarmila Kratochvílová in Munich, Germany on July 26, 1983. At the age of 32, Kratochvílová improved on the previous record of 1:53.43 set by Nadyezhda Olizaryenko of the Soviet Union during the Summer Olympics in Moscow three years earlier. Interestingly, prior to July 26, 1983, the world record for the women’s 800 metres had been broken 23 times since World War II but, at the time of writing, has now stood for over 37 years; according to Svetlana Masterkova, who won the gold medal in the women’s 800 metres at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 in a time of 1:57.73, the record ‘will last for 100 years’.

Kratochvílová attracted worldwide attention because of her emergence from mediocrity at an age when most track and field athletes would be considering retirement and her unusually broad-shouldered, flat-chested, ‘masculine’ physique. She never failed a drug test, but competed in an era when state-sponsored doping was rife in Warsaw Pact countries, including Czechoslovakia, so her record, was, is and probably always will be treated with suspicion. Indeed, in 2017, European Athletics proposed that all athletics world records set before 2005, including those never subject suspicion, be expunged to remove any lingering doubts about doping scandals.

When, and where, did Italy last win a Six Nations match?

When, and where, did Italy last win a Six Nations match? Following what is best described as a ‘purple patch’ in the history of Italian rugby, in 2000, the ‘Azzurri’, as the national rugby union team is known, joined the Six Nations Championship. Indeed, Italy marked its Six Nations debut with an emphatic 34-20 win over defending champions Scotland at Stadio Flaminio, Rome. However, despite some encouraging performances, Italy has, on the whole, found competing against the top rugby union-playing countries in Europe rather heavy going.

At the time of writing, Italy last won a Six Nations match since beating Scotland 22-19, courtesy of match-winning penalty try, at Murrayfield on February 28, 2015. Indeed, the Azzurri have lost every Six Nations match since, with their latest crushing 50-10 defeat by France, in Rome, extending their losing streak to 28. Unsurprisingly, Italy won the Six Nations’ ‘Wooden Spoon’ in

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 and may be hard pressed to avoid winning it again in 2021.

Recent results are a far cry from the ‘halcyon days’ of 2007, when Italy recorded back-to-back victories over Scotland, away, and Wales, at home, and finished fourth in the Six Nations’ table. So far, in fact, that some observers to question whether or not Italy still deserves a place in the competition at all.

Who are the Harlem Globetrotters?

Who are the Harlem Globetrotters? Basketball fans worldwide will surely be aware of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. Founded 95 years ago this sporting collective tour the world showcasing their athletic ability and love of basketball. It’s the perfect platform to demonstrate how entertaining this all action sport can be, and how talented basketball players are. That’s an understandable aim considering how US centric the sport has been in the past. The Globetrotters have toured far and wide over the years (or rather, decades) playing a staggering 26,000 + games across 124 countries. Each year the team plays hundreds of separate events demonstrating their athleticism and skill. Covid-19 has, as with much of life, led to a temporary timeout for the team, but you can bet they’ll soon be back.

Considering how visible the team makes itself on the world stage, the roster is relatively small. This demonstrates the level of dedication shown by each and every one of them to the Harlem Globetrotters. They have been, over the years, a cultural force featuring in TV series aplenty and even have their own basketball based video game.

Who are the Harlem Globetrotters? Of course beyond the Globetrotters, it’s no wonder that the United States especially wants to lift the profile of the high octane sport of basketball. It’s a big money sport and even in countries where it’s not as high profile, people are well aware of the big names – past and present –  of basketball such as LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and more. In 2020 LeBron James led his team, the Los Angeles Lakers, to their first NBA title in a decade and it’s certainly the case that there is a growing awareness and interest in basketball in Europe. Of course in some nations such as Australia and Canada they are already ardent fans of the sport.

Understandably basketball betting is becoming more and more popular over the years, with fans, both casual and analytical weighing up the pros and cons of betting on a team, or specific scoreline. In addition to the NBA, betting on college basketball is growing in popularity in Canada, and UK and other areas of the world and can certainly add to the excitement of a game. There’s nothing like placing a bet to ramp up the intensity of the event. Some punters read the form and player stats to draw a clear picture of the slate of play and make betting choices based on that. Others are more inclined to have a fun bet without putting too much thought into it, or simply to back the team they support.

Whatever your approach to betting, or take on basketball, it’s hard to deny its unwavering popularity in countries like the United States and Canada and growing popularity elsewhere. International fans won’t have to wait long for a world class basketball fix as it is present at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics – taking place between July and August this year. An intriguing 3 x 3 basketball addition will even feature at the games too. It’ll certainly be ‘one to watch’ and exhibition teams like the Harlem Globetrotters do a commendable job of bringing this unmissable sport to audiences all around the world.

 

 

How do I pick a winner in sports?

How do I pick a winner in sports? Picking a winner, either for fun or for profit (if you’re a betting man!) is not always the easiest task. While certainly in some match-ups (a top vs bottom premier league team, or undefeated fighter va a journeyman for instance) the outcome is much more assured, there are plenty of competitive sporting events where it’s more a matter of degrees and weighting up various pros and cons.

There are aspects of lucky and chance in the mix too, because nobody can truly, perpetually predict ‘what comes next’. However, if you’re right more often than not you may well be jackpot jill, when compared to the average Joe.

Even if you’re a pro or analyst of sorts, some events, such as the recent Grand National in the UK have so many variables that it’s far from a formality to deduce what the result will be. As such it’s more about the value of the given betting odds on the day rather than the need to pick the winner in every event you’re betting on. Play the percentages!

A decent comparison to all of this is with the poker crowd at casinos, both online and off. While there are no doubt elements of luck – as no-one knows which cards they’re going to receive – how you play your hand (or rather how you use your knowledge and ability) can be key to winning or losing long term. It can separate the high roller online casino types from those just ‘winging it’. Keep your cool and use your head, and you’ll go far!

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