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Michael Wiggins with a celebratory cake made by his mum

Last week we told the story of marathon runner Michael Wiggins who was about to complete his 100th marathon in a scenic race along the banks of the Thames.

We are pleased to report that Michael came 11th out of 181 finishers at the Thames Meander Marathon and completed the race in an astonishing 3 hours and 10 minutes, despite the torrential downpours that made most of us stay indoors all weekend.

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Monty playing on Twickenham Green (Image: Jessica Broadbent, Nub News)

Welcome to Monty's Spin On, Twickenham Nub's new opinion column by English cricketing legend Monty Panesar. Here he talks about his choice to opt out of Kashmir Premier League. Monty is currently playing for Twickenham CC while studying an MA in International Sports Journalism at St Mary's University in Twickenham. You can often find him practising that famous spin on Twickenham Green.

Pakistan and India haven't found a solution over the land of Kashmir. Pakistan has confidence in the people of Azad Kashmir to decide the fate of their beloved state. The world is showing concern about the dispute over Kashmir. War will be no resolution to the argument. The settlement of Kashmir is all important for lasting peace and prosperity.

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Simone Biles has won 30 Olympic and world championship medals (Image: Byarturo)

Simone Biles, four-time Olympic gold medalist and arguably the greatest gymnast of all time, has made international headlines for quitting the team and her all-around events at the Tokyo Olympics. Douglas MacArthur famously said: "Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul." But for all the viewers who are prepared to watch on TV but not put themselves through the mental and physical sacrifice required to become an Olympic champion, you should think twice before saying Biles is a QUITTER.

Elite Athletes are under extreme pressure to perform and when something feels strange or out of place it's ok to be honest with yourself. After watching her flip, twist and fly through the air, I was in awe and sat back and thought: "I wish I could do that". As fans we like to associate ourselves with sports stars, and we see them as superhuman beings.

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Fireworks before the first ever match of The Hundred at The Oval on Wednesday (Image: Jessica Broadbent)

Cricket has never been shy of innovation and the pandemic-delayed 'The Hundred' is the latest in the evolution of modern day cricket. The premise is simple: 100 balls each, most runs wins. It is fast-paced big-hitting cricket with music and pyrotechnics, designed to attract a new, younger audience.

Wednesday saw the first match of the series and spectators watched history unfold as the Oval Invincibles beat the Manchester Originals in a nail-biting encounter.

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Monty Panesar

Japan will be hoping to use the Tokyo Olympic Games to project the image of innovation and their power in Asia. Now, the questions about the sporting integrity of the Olympics keep growing as athletes arrive in Tokyo, test positive, and have to pull out. The host city is in a state of emergency. Fans are barred from most venues and athletes must follow a strict protocol.

Mohamed Sbihi, a proud St Mary's University graduate, is the first practising Muslim to row for Britain and will be the first Muslim Olympic flag bearer for Great Britain. This is a significant moment for ethic minorities in the UK, but the biggest victory for the athletes could be to participate at the Tokyo Olympics.

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