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A Question of Sport

You’d have to have been living under a stone not to be aware of the incredible Summer of Sport almost upon us.  So, in order to whet your appetite, we’ve hand-picked a dozen tricky questions that will bring out your competitive instinct.  Test your knowledge on some of the events sure to hog the back pages over the next few months.  Enjoy!

On your marks … set … go!

Some nice easy ones to begin with:

Below are three well-known England cricketers who’ve got themselves into a right old muddle running between the wickets.  Hopefully you’ll be able to help them out before the first Test Series of the summer gets underway this week:

1)      WAS UNDER STARS

2)      SPORTY MANE AN

3)      NEW MANAGERS

The curtains have just come down on yet another highly entertaining domestic football season, yet with Chelsea’s upcoming Champions League Final appearance on the horizon, we thought we’d test both your British and European club-team knowledge of the beautiful game:

4)      Who, in 1980, achieved what Sunderland did in 1979 and Villa did in 1981?

5)      Which current Premier League manager became the first British player to lift the Champions League trophy?

Away from the domestic football scene, of course, looms Euro 2012.  So, never one to shirk an easy link, here’s a question about it:

6)      Spain was the last country to win the tournament in 2008, but which country, in 1960, was the first?

Now to one of Britain’s most feted competitions which, unfortunately, is likely to sit in the shade whilst the world watches London 2012That’s not to say the quality of tennis should be any less enthralling though, so, to get you in the mood, here are a couple of questions that focus on great Wimbledon moments:  

7)      Pete Sampras and Martina Navratilova hold the record for the most Wimbledon Singles’ titles won.  If you multiply their titles together, what number do you get?

8)      This year marks the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but which Brit was the last player to be crowned Wimbledon Singles’ champion when the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee? 

And finally to London 2012, the cherry on top of the icing on the cake of a phenomenal summer of sport:

9)      If Marathon is worth 13 points and Decathlon is worth 15 points, how many points would High Jump be worth?

10)   In 1992, Britain’s Linford Christie won gold in the 100m, but what was his time?
a)      9.97                b) 9.94                  c) 9.96                   d) 9.99

11)   Which three Olympic Games were cancelled due to World War I and World War II?

 

The tie-breaker

All square after eleven questions?  Rather than settle a dead heat, this final question is designed to sort out the medal positions once and for all – let the first person to call out the answer be crowned Bloomsbury Sports Quiz Champion!

On your marks … set … go!  

12)   This sport might be a popular pastime with sportsmen and women across Britain when rain stops play.  However, which number comes next in the sequence:

20           1              18           4              13           ?                

NB: Remember to check back here in a week’s time for the answers.

Contributed by James Rennoldson, Sports Quizmaster Extraordinaire

6 Tries, 162 Conversions, 239 Penalties, 36 Drop Goals, 1 Legend

Yesterday marked the end of an era for not only England rugby, but world rugby, with the announced international retirement of Jonny Wilkinson.

Capped 91 times for England, Wilkinson has scored a record-breaking 1,179 points for England, played in 4 World Cup campaigns and reached two finals.

A legend  Wilkinson was the second-youngest English player at 18 years and 314 days when he began his international career 13 years ago, and there was no doubt from that first entrance that he was going to be a great player. His career defining moment coming in the 2003 World Cup final against Australia when he kicked the drop-goal 17 seconds from the end of extra time, taking the score to 20-17 and securing England victory.

Blighted by injury, the extraordinarily determined England fly-half has fought back against each setback and it is this dedication to the game which has been inspirational – not only to his teammates but to players around the world.  Wilkinson has always been a great ambassador for the game with his diligence and determination and much can be learned from his example.

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