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Women’s sport report: footballer Beth Mead scores a hat-trick and runner Genzebe Dibaba makes a world record

This week in women’s sport, footballer Beth Mead scores a hat-trick in the Women’s Super League two days after a car crash, Morgan Lake leads the GB medal haul in the European Junior Championships and Healthista tells us why this is an exciting time for women’s cricket

Sunderland defeat Women’s Super League 1 leaders Chelsea

Beth Mead (from @safcladies)

Not only were the leaders of the Women’s Super League defeated by Sunderland Ladies 4-0, Beth Mead made sure she scored a hat-trick two days after her car crash. Mead rolled her car three times in attempt to avoid a deer (for all those who don’t know what a ‘hat-trick’ is, it is the same number of goals that Mead’s car had rolled).

Abbey Holmes’ long-range effort helped Sunderland to strike into second position on the table, Sunderland were promoted from the second-tier last season and earning their best result of the season against last season’s runners-up, and luckily they’re only two points behind Chelsea.

Congratulations to Mead, her hat-trick takes her tally to eight for the season, making her the Women’s Super League 1’s top goal scorer.

Highjumper Morgan Lake leads GB medal haul in the European Junior Championships

European Athletics Junior Championships - Day Four
Morgan Lake of Great Britain competes during the Women’s High Jump
final at Ekangen Arena. -Getty Images

World junior champion highjumper Morgan Lake led the way on the final day as Britain equalled their best tally of European Junior Championships gold medals. The championships, which are taking place in Eskilstuna, Sweden, witnessed the 18-year-old Lake clearing 1.91m to win the high jump.

Not only are our wonderful ladies winning gold medals for us, so are our boys! Britain finished top of the medal table with 11 gold medals and six silver medals (Go Team GB!). Despite winning a lot of medals this year, Britain have finished two medals short of their record total of 19 in 2013.

World junior heptathlon champion Lake posted a winning mark five centimetres higher than French Nawal Meniker to become the first British woman to win the high jump.

Bobby Clay, who came fourth in the World Youth Championships two years ago has become the competition’s favourite, she also won a gold medal in her 1500m in the European Championships in Sweden.

Runner Genzebe Dibaba breaks 1500m world record at Diamond League

Genzebe Dibaba and Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia  IAAF Diamond
League in Paris. -Getty Images

The 24-year-old Ethiopian runner Genzebe Dibaba performed her best run in Friday’s Monaco Diamond League where she set a 1500m world record of 3:50.08. Her world record took four seconds off her personal best to break Chinese athlete Yunxia Qu’s record of 3:50.46 which has been the world record since September 1993.

Having specialised in 5,000 metres, Dibaba may not complete the distance at next month’s World Championships.

‘I’m very happy the time is so fast, very happy with this record,’ Dibaba said.

Apparently, Dibaba isn’t the only runner in her household.  Her sister Tirunesh Dibaba already held the 1500m indoor record where she broke three world bests in 15 days last year, however she is still waiting for her first major championship medal.

Exciting time for Women’s Cricket

England Cricket captain Charlotte Edwards takes part in a community cricket session at the launch of The Women's Ashes Series.  -Getty Images
England Cricket captain Charlotte Edwards takes part in a community
cricket session at the launch of The Women’s Ashes Series. -Getty Images

As for women’s cricket, England vice-captain Heather Knight will be writing another series of columns for BBC Sport during this summer’s Women’s Ashes series, this will begin on Tuesday 21 July.  Having won the Women’s Ashes in 2013 and 2014, England will be aiming to make that a hat-trick by winning 2015’s Ashes too.  If you’re excited about the Ashes, great news for you: the Women’s Ashes will be broadcast live on BBC Radio and Sky Sports.  England will begin their journey against Australia on Tuesday at Taunton.  Oh and forget the Ashes for one moment, with the increase and development of women’s sport, Healthista will now announce that the Women’s Cricket Super League (WCSL) will take place next year, can’t wait for that! 

TOP PHOTO: Morgan Lake of Great Britain celebrates after the Women’s High Jump final at Ekangen Arena. -Getty Images

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