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Japan won the 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships – Pict.: Getty Images

Race for Global Cup second place red hot as Japan pips France

October has been a bumper sporting month, with a slew of top tournaments that triggered a number of position changes in the top-10 table of the Global Cup

China and Japan came first and second at the 2021 Table Tennis WC - pic.: djimenezhdez, Pixabay

Japan secures Global Cup second place, USA set to win title

November, besides being a very busy sporting month, has been decisive in shaping up the podium positions for the 2021 Global Cup,

Best Sports

2022

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Swimming 171 21.4
2 Figure Skating 144 18.0 -1
3 Speedskating 76 9.5 -1
4 Snowboarding 69 8.6 -1
5 Synchronised Swimming 63 7.9
6 Ski Jumping 47 5.9 -2
7 Football 44 5.5 -2
8 Marathon 39 4.9 -2
9 Golf 31 3.9 3
10 Ice Hockey 30 3.8 -2

2021

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Judo 657 14.8
2 Artistic Gymnastics 425 9.6
3 Karate 390 8.8
4 Wrestling Free 290 6.5
5 Basketball 280 6.3
6 Table Tennis 246 5.5
7 Football 205 4.6
8 Skateboarding 182 4.1
9 Badminton 167 3.8
10 Volleyball 111 2.5

2020

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Speedskating 115 33.7 7
2 Snowboarding 81 23.7 13
3 Tennis 50 14.6 9
4 Golf 29 8.3 24
5 Track Cycling 23 6.7 19
6 Marathon 18 5.3 15
7 Freestyle Skiing 15 4.4 15
8 Ski Jumping 11 3.2 15

2019

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Judo 377 14.0
2 Climbing 237 8.8 1
3 Swimming 234 8.7
4 Football 128 4.8
5 Trampoline 120 4.5 12
6 Wrestling Free 119 4.4 -2
7 Badminton 114 4.2
8 Speedskating 107 4.0 2
9 Rugby Union 100 3.7
10 Skateboarding 96 3.6

2018

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Judo 427 16.6
2 Karate 346 13.5
3 Climbing 217 8.4
4 Wrestling Free 166 6.5 -1
5 Marathon 159 6.2 4
6 Artistic Gymnastics 153 6.0
7 Badminton 145 5.6 4
8 Figure Skating 108 4.2 9
9 Tennis 105 4.1 22
10 Speedskating 82 3.2 -2

Japan Tournaments

Japan Positions

2022

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 9
Gender:Men 10
Gender:Women 8
Continent:Asia 1
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 23
Gender:Men 24
Gender:Women 22
Continent:Asia 2

2021

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 2
Gender:Men 4
Gender:Women 2
Continent:Asia 1
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 38
Gender:Men 41
Gender:Women 28
Continent:Asia 3

2020

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 13
Gender:Men 15
Gender:Women 9
Continent:Asia 1
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 25
Gender:Men 21
Gender:Women 24
Continent:Asia 2

2019

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 7
Gender:Men 5
Gender:Women 7
Continent:Asia 2
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 46
Gender:Men 45
Gender:Women 42
Continent:Asia 5

2018

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 4
Gender:Men 6
Gender:Women 2
Continent:Asia 1
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 33
Gender:Men 35
Gender:Women 26
Continent:Asia 3
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