A Week of Sport #20 – 25 April

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Saracens face Racing Metro in the European Cup Final

READING, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Billy Vunipola of Saracens charges upfield during the European Rugby Champions Cup semi final match between Saracens and Wasps at Madejski Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Reading, England.

Saracens saw off the challenge of fellow English club, Wasps, to reach their second final in three years on European rugby’s biggest stage. Having come from behind to an early Dan Robson try, Owen Farrell stepped up and nailed his kicks to help secure the victory. Racing Metro beat Leicester Tigers to stop an all-English final. Harlequins will face Montpelier in the European Challenge Cup final after beating Grenoble.

Rafael Nadal wins the Barcelona Open

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 24: Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with the trophy after defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan in the final match during day seven of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on April 24, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.

Rafael Nadal has equalled Guillermo Vilas’s record of 49 clay court titles by beating Nishikori 6–4, 7–5 in the Barcelona Open Finals. With events in Madrid and Rome before the French open in May, Nadal has a good chance to beat the record. Nadal led 4–1 in the second set only for Nishikori to come back to 4–4, the title was Nadal’s 69th singles title of his career.

Eliud Kipchoge and Jemima Sumgong win the London Marathon elite races

Men's elite race winner Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (L) and women's elite race winner Kenyas Jemima Sumgong (R) pose during the winners presentations for the elite races of the 2016 London Marathon in central London on April 24, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS

Kipchoge won the Men’s Elite London Marathon in the second fastest marathon time in history and Jemima Sumgong recovered from a fall to take the women’s title and give Kenya both the men’s and Women’s titles.

Eliud Kipchoge won the London Marathon in 2:03:04 just seven seconds outside the world record time, he was neck and neck with Stanley Biwott until the 24th mile where he pulled away from his fellow country man to claim the title. It was also a happy day for Brits, Alyson Dixon and Sonia Samuels, who finished as the top two British women and, in doing so, secured their place to the Rio Olympic Games.

Riyad Mahrez wins PFA Player of the Season

Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (R) runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Southampton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on April 3, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. /

Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez wins the PFA Player of the Season award after scoring 17 goals and 11 assists in 34 league appearances. At 20 years of age, Dele Alli won the PFA young player of the year and is looking to have already secured his place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 team.

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