The Newsroom recaps the week in sport.
Aussie Ricciardo rewarded for break out season
The 15th Laureus World Sports Awards were held in Shanghai this week and Formula One driver Daniel Riccardo was among the recipients. The 25-year-old won the Laureus Breakthrough award after winning three grand prix races and included five podium finishes all in his debut season. The Perth-born racer became the first Australian to win the award since its inception at the turn of the century. Novak Djokovic took out the gong for Sportsman of the Year. The Serbian tennis ace won seven tournaments throughout the year including Wimbledon.
It isn’t over until… you cross the finish line
We all love celebrating a good victory. However most athletes do not start the party until after the race. University of Oregon runner Tanguy Pepiot was coming first in the 3000 metre steeplechase race earlier this week as he heard the roar of the crowd. This led him to bask in his glory before realising fellow competitor Meron Simon took full advantage of Pepiot’s complacency to pip him at the post.
Speith Masters Augusta with US open victory
Young American golfer Jordan Spieth bested the likes of Tiger Woods and Australian Jason Day to take out the US Masters this week. The 21-year-old secured the green jacket with a record breaking 19 under par. He tied the previous record set by Tiger Woods back in 1997, when he too was 21-years-old.
Diamonds name World Cup team
The Australian Diamonds have announced their squad for the 2015 Netball World Cup, which will be held in Sydney this August. Coach Lisa Alexander named the team with captain Laura Geist spearheading the attacking line up after forgoing the previous practice of selection trials, instead opting to select players based on performances in the ANZ Championship. West Coast Fever and the Queensland Firebirds dominated the selections with five players from each side being named. – Alice Boyd
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