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Saracens face Racing Metro in the European Cup Final
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
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
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 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.