The Rundown

Sporting Photos of the Week: From darts to Ironman

The Rundown

One of the beauties of sport is that it encompasses everything from pub games, such as darts, to the ultimate in human endurance, such as the Ironman - and everything in between.

This week, the same can be said for our selection of the best sporting photos from the last seven days. Enjoy.

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Phil 'The Power' Taylor on his way to an 11th Grand Prix of Darts title at the weekend. And kudos to the photographer for keeping the champion in focus in the face of all sorts of distractions. Like, er, his opponent's yellow shirt for instance.

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There were fears that the Chicago Marathon would be a subdued affair in the wake of the hideous Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year, but the annual race passed off in its usual fine style.

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Novak Djokovic celebrates with the Shanghai Masters trophy after coming out on top of an epic final against Juan Martin Del Potro. Djokovic has now gone 20 matches unbeaten in China, having won both the China Open in Beijing and the Shanghai Masters for the past two years.

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The amateur entrants at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii wait for the race to get under way. Just a 2.4 mile swim, 100 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run left to go, guys...

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...and several hours later, at the other end of the race, this is what it feels like to cross the line before thousands of cheering fans. We're guessing he won't be smiling when he wakes up stiffer than a Vinnie Jones acting performance - although the bronze medal that Sebastian Kienle is about to win in this photo will probably help ease the pain.

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Jose Ramirez is counted out after being floored by Vasyl Lomachenko in their featherweight world title bout at the weekend. Hard to tell if Ramirez is crying, praying, hiding... or a little of all three.

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Mike Brown of the Edmonton Oilers (in blue) engages in a frank and fair discussion with New Jersey Devils' Bryce Salvador after a mild disagreement over a late tackle.

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The man who will be king: Sebastian Vettel poses for photographers after victory in the Japanese Grand Prix, which put him within touching distance of a fourth consecutive F1 world title at the age of 26. His brilliance might be making the sport less fun for fans, but this truly is history in the making.

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A Nigeria fan cheers his team on in the crucial World Cup qualifying play-off against Ethiopia in the best way he knows: while dressed as a giant, green Christmas tree bauble. It must have worked, though: Nigeria won the first leg 2-1, with Ethopia having two goals disallowed.

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Kobe Bryant was injured and couldn't play during the LA Lakers' trip to China this week - but try telling that to the Chinese fans and media, who mobbed him everywhere he went. At one venue, 15,000 fans turned out to see him at 9am - fair enough you might think, except Bryant wasn't due to turn up until 4pm!

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Timothy Bradley takes a punch to the right temple while simultaneously landing a huge left hook on Juan Manuel Marquez, as Bradley was on his way to a successful WBO welterweight defence.

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Try telling these guys it's only a friendly: South Korea's Han Kook-young sends Brazil's Marcelo flying through the air in the friendly clash at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul. Brazil won 2-0, and Marcelo's penalty appeal for this tackle was turned down.

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And finally, Portugal's Hugo Almeida shows off his little-known 'mid-air Riverdance' dribbling technique to steer the ball away from Israel's Sheran Yeiny during their World Cup qualifier.

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