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Hamilton takes record sixth British GP win

Monday, 2019-07-15 07:01:17
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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the crowd after winning the race - F1 British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 14, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
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Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton hailed his home fans after celebrating a record sixth British Grand Prix win on Sunday and stretching his lead over luckless Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas to 39 points.

Bottas, on pole position, finished a distant second after a safety car period turned the race decisively in Hamilton’s favour by handing the home favourite a free pitstop in a thrilling race. It was Hamilton’s seventh win in 10 races this season and 80th of his career. The five-times world champion, now on 223 points to Bottas’s 184, also banged in a late fastest lap, on a set of tyres that had already done 30 laps, to secure an extra point.

* England ended their 44-year wait for a maiden 50-overs Cricket World Cup title by beating a gutsy New Zealand side on boundaries after a tied Super Over amidst heart-stopping drama on Sunday.

* Czech Barbora Strycova completed a memorable Wimbledon as she partnered Su-Wei Hsieh to the women's doubles title on Sunday, beating Canada/China duo Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu 6-2 6-4.

* South African Dylan Frittelli took the final ticket into the British Open field when he won the John Deere Classic by two strokes in Silvis, Illinois, on Sunday. Frittelli clinched his first PGA Tour victory in style with a seven-birdie, seven-under-par 64 at TPC Deere Run. He finished at 21-under 263, while American Russell Henley shot a sizzling 61 to vault into second place on 19 under.

* Kim Sei-young sprinted clear in the final round of the Marathon Classic for a two-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson in Sylvania, Ohio, on Sunday. After starting the day with a one-shot lead, Kim built a tournament-winning advantage with five straight birdies mid-round at Highland Meadows. The Korean coasted home from there to card six-under-par 65 and clinch her ninth LPGA Tour victory.

* French driver Jean-Eric Vergne defended his Formula E title and became the first double champion in the all-electric series after finishing seventh in Sunday's New York season finale. The championship leader had failed to score in Saturday's first part of the double-header on the Brooklyn street circuit but made sure of the necessary points to end season five on top again.

* Teenager Shintaro Mochizuki became the first Japanese to win a junior boys' Grand Slam title, beating Spain's Carlos Gimeno Valero 6-3 6-2 in the Wimbledon final on Sunday. Mochizuki, 16, became Japan's only second Grand Slam junior champion, following the footsteps of Kazuko Sawamatsu, who captured the Wimbledon and French Open girls' titles in 1969.

* Daryl Impey became the second South African rider to have won a Tour de France stage in Sunday's ninth stage, while home favourite Julian Alaphilippe kept his yellow jersey on the Bastille Day.

* FC Barcelona on Sunday officially presented French international striker Antoine Griezmann to the press and fans.

* Indonesia capital city of Jakarta is scheduled to host Formula E racing next year, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Sunday. The Jakarta governor's statement came up after he concluded the talks with Formula E co-founders Alexandro Agag and Alberto Longo in Formula E racing series held in New York's Brooklyn on Saturday.

* Valencia football club on Sunday confirmed the signing of 22-year-old Uruguayan international striker, Maxi Gomez for a fee of 40 million euros from Celta Vigo.

Reuters, Xinhua