From the Athletics World Championships to surfing at Teahupo'o, the athletes have again been busy!
In Moscow, Raphael Holzdeppe became Germany's first world champion in the pole vault, beating favourite Renaud Lavellenie. Holzdeppe was the surprise winner on Monday as he beat Frenchman Lavillenie on countback. Both men failed to clear 5.96m but the German had made no mistake earlier in moving up to notch 5.89m.
Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic, meanwhile, won the bronze medal in the long jump. She claimed third place on Sunday with a 6.82-metre jump and in so doing set a new national record for Serbia. The gold medal was won by Brittney Reese, of the USA (7.01m), while the silver medal went to Blessing Okagbare, of Nigeria (6.99m).
Spanovic's medal was the first for Serbia at the World Championships. “My day has come," she said afterwards. "This is history. My country has invested a lot in me, and I managed to return that today. I believed in success all the way."
In Canada, the world’s top mountain bikers put on a clinic for the 2013 edition of Crankworx at Whistler. Canada's own Steve Smith won the Canadian Open in Downhill as well as the Fox Air DH and fellow countryman Brandon Semenuk was also celebrating (above) after winning Red Bull Joyride with Martin Söderström (SWE) coming second.
Poor Martin couldn't make the podium, having broken his tibula and fibia in a nasty crash on the final jump. Get well soon Martin!
Colombia's Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas won the Garbanzo DH, while, in the women's competition, the USA's Jill Kintner won the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge as well as the Fox Air DH. For more from the winners at Whistler, visit redbull.com/bike
Surfer Mick Fanning continues to post good scores on the ASP World Tour after finishing third at the Billabong Pro in Tahiti, bested only by the eventual winner Adrian Buchan. The Australian, who posted a perfect 10-point wave during the third round of competition, was in with a shot of the title going into the final day but the defending Billabong Pro champion was just edged out by Buchan in the semi-finals. Nonetheless, the third-placed finish bodes well for Fanning; the world champion from 2007 and 2009 is putting together a strong sequence of results, finishing fifth or better at every tour stop this year, and is second in the rankings behind the evergreen Kelly Slater.
Marc Márquez extended his MotoGP World Championship lead with another victory at Indianapolis in an increasingly remarkable rookie season. Márquez took his fourth win of the year and extended his lead at the top of the championship to 21 points with an excellent win at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. The 20-year-old, who dominated the practice sessions and started from pole position, came through from third position early on to pass both his team-mate, Dani Pedrosa, who finished second, and defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo en route to a victory by 3.5 seconds.
In motocross, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team came away from the MX GPs of Belgium on Sunday with a pair of podiums in MX1 and MX2 thanks to factory riders Tony Cairoli and Jordi Tixier. Carioli's second place overall means the Italian will carry forward the battle for the MX1 title to the next round at the GP of Britain at the popular Matterley Basin circuit. Cairoli could have claimed the title at Bastogne had he claimed a big enough advantage over closest rival Clement Desalle but still has a 90-point lead with two rounds to go and just 100 points up for grabs. In MX2, Tixier rode despite problems with his goggles in both motos and in the second race ditched them altogether, despite the onslaught of dirt, stones and other debris, making his second place overall an excellent day's work!
In the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series in America, Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned two consistent second place moto finishes in the 450 class at the penultimate round of the series, held for the first time at Miller Motorsports Park at Toole, in Utah. California's Lake Elsinore is the venue for the final round of competition on August 24.