Whether it’s battles in the boxing ring, rivalries on the race track or the planet’s greatest gymnasts taking to the floor, the arrival of October sees the sporting elite compete for world titles including Austin’s incredible Grand Prix.
The American leg of the Formula 1 season first arrived in Austin in 2012 and has been a huge success, helped by Austin’s ever-growing popularity. Formula 1 super fans will enjoy witnessing first hand the ongoing battle between current world champion Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, while anyone looking to party can enjoy Bruno Mars and Britney Spears, who are both set to perform at the Texan event.
When: 19-21 October
Where: Austin, USA
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Rugby League crowns its annual champion in front of 70,000 fans at Old Trafford come mid-October. The table’s top four – St Helens, Wigan, Castleford and Warrington – face off in the semi-finals the week before, with the winners heading to the final. It was the St Helens team who went in as favourites, having topped the table, but only a few weeks ago the Merseysiders were defeated by Wigan in their own backyard.
When: 13 October
Where: Manchester, UK
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The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships (AGWC) come to the Middle East for the first time in the tournament’s history. Doha’s Aspire Dome, the world’s largest indoor multi-purpose dome, will host the event, having previously been used for the 2006 Asian Games and 2010 IAAF Indoor World Championships. Not since 2002, when Romania were victorious, has a country other than the USA, China or Japan topped the AGWC medals table.
When: 25 October-3 November
Where: Doha, Qatar
The season finale on the women’s tour returns to its now customary home in Singapore. Of the eight players who will compete, only 2018 Grand Slam winners Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber have ensured their place so far, although Naomi Osaka and Caroline Wozniacki should also make it. If Wozniacki reaches the finale, she’ll be defending the title that she won last year against Venus Williams.
When: 21-28 October
Where: Kallang, Singapore
One of the three US city marathons that make up part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (New York and Boston being the other two), this immensely popular race continues to grow rapidly. Its flat, fast course makes it a hugely popular event and an ideal option for anyone looking to post a personal best. More than 40,000 runners will start and finish the race in Chicago’s famous Grant Park, passing nearby the United Center and the iconic Soldier Field along the way.
When: 7 October
Where: Chicago, USA
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In just her fifth professional fight, Brit Nicola Adams competes for the the Interim WBO World Female Super-Flyweight title at the Morningside Leicester Arena. Her Mexican opponent, Isabel Millan, has 22 wins and just four defeats on her record, but Adams’s stellar amatuer career – including two successive Olympic gold medals in London and Rio – should see her claim the belt in front of a raucous home crowd.
When: 6 October
Where: Leicester, UK