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Record-breaker Rea clinches fourth successive world title

The 31-year-old sits alongside Carl Fogarty with the most World Superbike championships crowns.

Jonathan Rea became the first rider to win four successive World Superbike championships following an emphatic victory at Magny-Cours.

The Northern Irishman has dominated in 2018 and recorded his 13th win from 21 races this season to draw level with Carl Fogarty at the top of the sport's all-time titles list.

Kawasaki Racing Team rider Rea needed to outscore closest championship rival Chaz Davies by nine points in France, while conceding fewer than 12 points to third-place rider Michael van der Mark.

He did so in fine style during the opening race, securing the title with five races to spare on the same track where he was crowed world champion last season.

After starting in second place behind team-mate Tom Sykes, Rea moved to the front on the third turn of the second lap and gradually built a healthy gap to finish more than three seconds ahead of his fellow Kawasaki rider.

Barni Ducati's Xavi Fores was third and Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) fourth, while Rea's title rivals Davies (Aruba.it Racing Ducati) and Van der Mark (PATA Yamaha) were fifth and seventh respectively.

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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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