WHAT WE LOVED THIS MONTH
Gauff hits new heights
Coco Gauff continued her meteoric rise by becoming the youngest player to win a WTA title since 2004 last weekend. Aged 15 and 214 days, Gauff overpowered 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko in three sets to win the Linz Open in Austria, making her the youngest WTA champion since Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic.
Venus and Serena Williams, Gauff ’s idols, were both 17 when they won their first WTA titles. The American prodigy has now risen to No 71 in the world rankings, guaranteeing her direct entry into the four grand slams next year.
Paula Radcliffe was at the finish line to congratulate the Kenyan runner Brigid Kosgei (above), who shattered the Briton’s world marathon record when she won the Chicago Marathon in 2hr 14min 4sec. The 25-year-old shaved 1min 21sec off the record that Radcliffe had set at the London Marathon in 2003. Remarkably, it was 17 years to the day since Radcliffe set the course record in Chicago with a time of 2:17:18. In her post-race interview, Kosgei even suggested a woman could one day eclipse her milestone and run a sub-2hr10 minute finish time.
Biles out of this world – once again
Following her “triple-double” at the US National Championships in August, Simone Biles further underlined why she is the greatest gymnast of all time by becoming the most decorated athlete in World Championships history in Stuttgart.
Biles finished the event with five gold medals to add to her staggering tally of 25 and surpass the previous record held by Belarusian male gymnast Vitaly Scherbo, whose haul of 23 medals had stood since 1996.
The American has now won more world medals than her age (22) and is in pole position to add to her four Olympic gold medals at the Tokyo Games next year.
Kosgei smashes Radcliffe’s 16-year world record