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On This Day in 1997: Jacques Villeneuve wins Formula 1 world title

On This Day in 1997: Jacques Villeneuve wins Formula 1 world title
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Third place in the European Grand Prix at Jerez was enough for the Canadian to seal the title.

Jacques Villeneuve was crowned Formula One world champion on this day in 1997 after rival Michael Schumacher spun off while attempting to take the Canadian out of the European Grand Prix at Jerez.

Villeneuve went on to finish the race in third place behind Finland's winner Mika Hakkinen and Britain's David Coulthard, but that was enough to seal him the title.

Ferrari's Schumacher, who had started the day with a one-point lead in the drivers' championship, collided with Villeneuve's car on lap 48.

The German was unable to restart his car after ending up in a safety lane, having tried to cut off Villeneuve's manoeuvre as he came up on the inside of a bend.

Villeneuve went on to complete the remaining 21 laps, his Williams Renault car virtually undamaged from the collision, after Schumacher had walked disconsolately back to the pits.

Schumacher had led all the way after beating Villeneuve, who had started in pole position, to the first bend, but he later came off worst in his bid to block his rival, damaging his front wheel and skidding off.

It proved to be Villeneuve's only Formula One drivers' title, while two-time winner Schumacher would be crowned world champion five more times.

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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