A Week Of Sport #43 – 1 November

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Hamilton holds onto title hopes

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates at the end of the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City on October 30, 2016. Lewis Hamilton kept his world championship hopes alive with victory in the Mexican Grand Prix, Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg edged closer to the crown with a second-place finish. Sebastian Vettel, in a Ferrari, was third. / AFP / PEDRO PARDO Lewis Hamilton’s eighth win of the season at Sunday’s Gran Premio de Mexico Grand-Prix on Sunday has brought him 19 points behind teammate, Rosberg, in the title chase.

Hamilton dominated despite a scare on the first corner of the race, where he locked his wheels and went careering across the grass. Luckily, no penalty was awarded and Hamilton moved on to win.

His victory brings him to second place on the all-time Formula 1 winner’s list, alongside Alain Prost.

The world #1 race is on for murray

Winner Andy Murray of Great Britain poses after the final match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at the ATP Erste Bank Open Tennis tournament in Vienna, on October 30, 2016. / AFP / APA / HANS PUNZ / Austria OUTThe Brit took one step closer to the #1 world ranking when he beat Tsonga in straight sets at Vienna this week. Murray’s win in Vienna is his third consecutive title and, having lost only three games since the French open in June, he’s in the form of his life.

If Djokovic doesn’t reach the final, and Murray wins in Paris next week, he has a chance of becoming the world #1.

Thomas wins first british karate gold in 12 years

England's Jordan Thomas (R) fights with Niyazi Aliyev of Azerbaijan during the men's Kumite -67 kg competition of the Karate European Champions on May 3, 2014 in Tampere, Finland. AFP PHOTO / LEHTIKUVA / Aleksi Tuomola *** FINLAND OUT *** Jordan Thomas, competing in the Kumite–67kg at the World Senior Championships in Austria, has become the first British champion for 12 years.

Thomas’s father is the current England Karate national team coach, and was a former champion in 1992. Jordan was ranked 11th in the world before the Championships, but still managed to put in a dominant performance in Austria to take the title.

With Karate included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 24-year-old could be tipped as a potential medallist.

Cheltenham GOLD CUP favorite eases to first steeplechase win

CHEPSTOW, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 25: Jockey Tom Scuadmore(R) poses with Thistlecrack after winning the Aspen Waite Complete Business Growth Service Novices Steeple Chase at Chepstow Racecourse on October 25, 2016 in Chepstow, Wales. Thistlecrack, a champion long distance hurdler, competed in its first Steeplechase event at Chepstow last week. Despite never having jumped a fence in the public eye, the eight-year-old went on to win the race by four lengths.

The horse, trained by Colin Tizzard, and ridden by jockey, Tom Scudamore, is tipped to be a favourite in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. After its maiden Steeplechase win, the horse’s future looks very promising.

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