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The week in numbers: w/e 30/5/10

27,000,000 Reduction in the London 2012 Olympic Games budget (in pounds) announced as a result of Government cuts. The original ring-fenced budget was a whopping £9.325bn.

0 – Number of games lost by Dinara Safina in her first round victory over Britain’s Anne Keothavong at the French Open.

14 – Number of years since Kimiko Date Krumm last beat a top-ten player until she defeated Safina in the second round. (The 39-year old had retired from the sport between 1997 and 2007.)

117 – FIFA world ranking of the Cape Verde Islands, with whom Portugal (ranked third) drew 0-0 in a pre-World Cup friendly.

7 – Number of pole positions recorded by Red Bull drivers in the seven races so far in the 2010 F1 season.

94 – Balls required by Tamim Iqbal to hit the fastest ever Test century by a Bangladeshi batsman, as Bangladesh followed on on day four of the first Test against England at Lord’s.

2,618 – Height in metres at the summit of the Passo di Gavia, the highest point reached in this year’s Giro d’Italia. It is almost twice the height of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain at 1,344 metres.

2England‘s football team benefitted from two own goals in their 2-1 friendly win over Japan, the first time this has ever happened to them.

1-2-3Dario Franchitti won his second Indianapolis 500, holding off Dan Wheldon and Alex Lloyd and ensuring a British 1-2-3 finish at the biggest event on the American motor racing calendar. (Incidentally, if you have the chance, look up the replay of Mike Conway‘s crash on the final lap and I defy anyone to tell me with a straight face that motor sport – despite its many safety advances in recent years and races which can often be soporific – isn’t seriously dangerous.)

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