From record breaking wins at the Tokyo Paralympic Games to astounding inter club transfers, join us as we take you through our midweek sports roundup.
An emotional Sophie Pascoe won her 10th Paralympic gold medal, just one day on from winning bronze. The New Zealand native clung on to top the podium in a nail-biting women’s 100m freestyle S9 final. It was her 18th Paralympic medal and, with two more races to compete in, her tally could rise to 20 by the end of the Games.
Omara Durand has long dominated Cuban Para athletics, picking up two gold medals at London 2012 and a further three at Rio 2016. And her success continued at Tokyo 2020, winning gold in the women’s 400m T12 in a blistering time of 52.58 seconds.
Brazil’s Yeltsin Jacques won gold in the men’s 1500m T11 in a time of 3:57.60, beating the previous world record that had stood since London 2012. Finland won their first gold of Tokyo 2020, courtesy of Toni Piispanen in the men’s 200m T51, breaking the Paralympic record.
Football Transfer Deadline Day
Cristiano Ronaldo completed his shock move back to Manchester United on transfer deadline day.
The biggest deal of Transfer Deadline Day was Antoine Griezmann’s move from Barcelona to league rivals Atletico Madrid.
The France international scored 133 goals in 257 games for Atletico, leaving in 2019 after Barcelona paid his £107m buyout clause. But the 30-year-old scored just 35 goals in 102 games and managed to only win the Copa del Rey with Barca.
Nikola Vlasic and Saul Niguez
Nikola Vlasic’s £26.8m move from CSKA Moscow to West Ham was also completed on deadline day, while Chelsea left it late to sign Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid.
In total, Premier League clubs spent £1.1bn on transfers during the window, which was open from 9 June until 31 August. That outlay was 11% lower than the previous summer’s total of £1.3bn, itself a 9% fall from 2019.
Tottenham spent £25.8m on Barcelona full-back Emerson Royal, while winger Daniel James joined Leeds from Manchester United for £25m.
Brighton signed Spain defender Marc Cucurella from Getafe for around £15.4m while Senegal striker Abdallah Sima also joined the Seagulls from Slavia Prague before moving to Stoke on loan.
As well as Vlasic, West Ham also brought in midfielder Alex Kral on loan from Spartak Moscow. Leicester signed winger Ademola Lookman on a season-long loan from RB Leipzig.
Burnley signed their second full-back in the space of a few days by bringing in Wales international Connor Roberts from Swansea. Crystal Palace landed striker Odsonne Edouard from Celtic for £15m.