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Weekend sports round up: 5 – 8 July

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By Ashleigh Morris

Rugby
The British and Irish lions convincingly beat Australia 41-16 on Saturday to earn a 2-1 test series win.

In a game that could have gone either way at the start, the Lions kicked off with a second minute try from Leigh Halfpenny but ended the half with just a three point lead.

The second half saw Australia continuing to keep up with the Lions rhythm until they were 29-16 down with just 20 minutes to go. Jamie Roberts then made sure of the win with a fourth try, sealing a test win for the Lions for the first time in 16 years.

Durban July
In a close run race, Heavy Metal, ridden by S’Manga Khumalo, beat Run For It and Do You Remember.

Khumalo made history by becoming the first black jockey to win the prestigious race. Khumalo has had a notably successful season, his previous major achievement being The Summer Cup at Turffontein.

The four year old, Heavy Metal, is trained by Sean Tarry and owned by Chris van Niekerk (trainer and owner of last year’s winner, Pomodoro).

Two races were cancelled due to wet conditions and spectators paid tribute to former president, Nelson Mandela, with a 67 second silence before the main race of the day.

Tennis

The Wimbledon finals took place over Saturday and Sunday, with Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli emerging as this year’s winners.

Murray, who is the first male Brit to win in 77 years, convincingly beat world number one, Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in just over three hours.

In the women’s final on Saturday, Bartoli beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4.

Lisiki, who was overcome by nerves, conceded after just 81 minutes, breaking down in tears in the second set – hardly the same player who shocked fans by beating Serena Williams in the fourth round.

For a full article on the men’s final, see ActivateOnline .