Gymanstics: Tripartite Quotas Released

The tripartite commission has officially declared the wild card places for gymnastics. Nations with few qualified individual athletes over the past two Olympics were eligible to receive a quota. In total four spots were available, but only three of them were assigned.

The men’s individual artistic gymnastics quota was given to Monaco’s Kevin Crovetto while the women’s individual quota was given to Panama’s Isabella Amado Medrano. The women’s individual rhythmic gymnastics quota was given to Cape Verde’s Elyane Boal. The trampoline quota for an unspecified gender was not awarded, meaning the next highest ranked nation from the gymnastics test event was given the quota, specifically Kazakhstan for the men and France for the women.

This wraps up all of the quotas for gymnastics. The only other changes would be if a nation withdraws its spot in an event.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Cape Verde – 1
  • France – 1
  • Kazakhstan – 1
  • Monaco – 1
  • Panama – 1

 

References

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Gymnastics: Test Event Decide Remaining Quotas

France and Germany qualified a full artistic team, Germany and Uzbekistan qualified both an individual and team in rhythmic gymnastics and Portugal and the United States qualified an athlete in both genders in trampoline at the 2016 Gymnastics Olympic Test Event. The Olympic test event featured all three disciplines in gymnastics. In artistic gymnastics the top four all-around teams will qualify along with eligible all-around individuals until the total quota of 97 men and 97 women have been met including continental representation. In trampoline eight quotas for each gender are available to the top eligible athletes, including continental representation. Two of these quotas are meant for the host Brazil and the tripartite though gender is not specified. In rhythmic gymnastics the top three all-around teams and the top nine all-around individuals, including continental representation will qualify. The Gymnastics Olympic Test Event was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from April 16th to April 22nd 2016.

 

Artistic

In the men’s team all-around competition it was Germany whom led all nations with a score of 350.609. After a relatively weak floor performance the team posted top three results in all of the other apparatuses including a top performance in the parallel bars. Ukraine followed close behind with a final score of 350.160. The team had a good performance at the beginning including a very strong first place in the pommel horse, but ultimately lost pace to Germany. The other two nations which booked a team spot were the Netherlands who will compete in the men’s team event for the first time in its history and France. Inconsistencies including a horrible start on the pommel horse ultimately cost Spain a spot in the team event.

Nations which competed in the team event, but did not qualify are eligible to pick any athlete to compete at the Olympics. These nations are Romania, Spain, Belgium and Canada. Continental representation (1 for Oceania, 2 for other continents) was not met for Africa as only one athlete qualified through the test event. This meant the highest ranked African athlete from the 2015 World Championship, Algeria’s Mohamed Bourguieg qualified to the Olympics. Nations which had two athletes competing and both athletes finishing higher than the lowest ranked qualifier will have the opportunity to pick which one of the two athletes will compete. These nations are Colombia, Mexico and Hungary.

The following athletes are qualified to the Olympics based on the order from the individual all-around event; Andrey Likhovitskiy (Belarus), Alexander Shatilov (Isarael), Ferhat Arican (Turkey), Artur Davtyan (Armenia), Randy Leru (Cuba), Filip Ude (Croatia), Petro Pakhnyuk (Azerbaijan), Anton Fokin (Uzbekistan), Oskar Kirmes (Finland), Ludovico Edalli (Italy), Stian Skjerahaug (Norway), David Jessen (Czech Republic), Robert Tvorogal (Lithuania), Pham Phuoc Hung (Vietnam), Marios Georgiou (Cyprus), Kieran Behan (Ireland), Vlasios Maras (Greece), Gustavo Palma Simoes (Portugal), Mikhail Koudinoc (New Zealand), Ryan Patterson (South Africa), Tomas Gonzalez (Chile) and Lee Chih Kai (Chinese Taipei).

The women’s team all-around event was topped by Brazil whom finished with a score of 226.477. The team had a great performance, finishing first in the balance beam, floor and vault. Despite a poor performance on the uneven bars second place Germany was unable to close the gap completely, finishing with an overall score of 223.977. Also qualifying to the Olympics are Belgium and France. In one of the most shocking news in gymnastics Romania, medalists at every Olympics since 1976 will not be sending a team as a poor uneven bars contributed to their seventh place finish.

Nations which competed in the team event, but did not qualify are eligible to choose any athlete to compete at the Olympics. These nations are Australia, Switzerland, Romania and South Korea. Continental representation (1 for Oceania, 2 for the other continents) was not met for Africa as no athletes were qualified at the end of the test event. This meant the highest ranked African athletes from the 2015 World Championships, specifically; Algeria’s Farah Boufadene and South Africa’s Claudia Cummins have qualified to the Olympics. Nations which had two athletes competing and both athletes finishing higher than the lowest ranked qualifier will have the opportunity to pick which one of two athletes will compete. These nations are Greece, Hungary, Spain, Mexico and Poland.

The following athletes are qualified to the Olympics based on the order from the individual all-around event; Ana Sofia Gomez (Guatemala), Jessica Lopez Arocha (Venezuela), Angelina Kysla (Ukraine), Marcia Vidiaux (Cuba), Filipa Martins (Portugal), Lisa Ecker (Austria), Toni-Ann Williams (Jamaica), Irina Sazonova (Iceland), Phan Thu Ha Thanh (Vietnam), Dipa Karmakar (India), Barbora Mokosova (Slovakia), Courtney McGregor (New Zealand), Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan), Houry Gebeshian (Armenia), Ariana Orrego (Peru), Simona Castro (Chile), Teja Belak (Slovenia), Tutya Yilmaz (Turkey), Emma Larsson (Sweden), Marisa Dick (Trinidad and Tobago), Ana Derek (Croatia), Catalina Escobar Gomez (Colombia), Kylie Dickson (Belarus), Ellis O’Reilly (Ireland) and Ailen Valente (Argentina).

 

Trampoline

The qualification round of the women’s trampoline was topped by Li Dan of China whom scored 102.480 after her two performances. In the final however, Li had a subpar performance and finished in fifth. The event was instead won by her compatriot Liu Lingling whom finished with a score of 55.485. China along with Belarus has already previously qualified to the Olympics while other nations were allowed to only qualify one athlete. The Olympic quotas went to Russia, Ukraine, Japan, Uzbekistan, Germany, Portugal and the United States. While the last spot is expected to go to a tripartite nation it will likely eventually be reallocated to the next best ranked nation, France.

Before the competition began Brazil declared that it will use its host quota on the men’s trampoline, leaving the men one fewer qualification spot. The qualification round of the men’s trampoline was topped by China’s Gao Lei whom scored 110.660 after his two performances. A mistake and a fall in the final cost Gao the event as he finished in eighth. The winner of the event was Belarus’ Uladzislau Hancharou whom finished with a score of 59.750. China along with Belarus has already previously qualified to the Olympics while other nations were allowed to only qualify one athlete. The Olympic quotas went to New Zealand, Portugal, United States, Great Britain, Australia, Canada and as mentioned before Brazil obtained a quota for being the host nation. While the last spot is currently reserved for a tripartite nation it could potentially be reallocation to the next best ranked nation, Kazakhstan.

 

Rhythmic

The qualification round of the individual all-around was led by Belarus’ Melitina Staniouta whom finished with the top score in all four rotations for a total of 72.215 points. However, Belarus has already qualified to the Olympics. The following athletes qualified to the Olympics; Sabina Ashirbayeva (Kazakhstan), Nicol Ruprecht (Austria), Veronica Berolini (Italy), Ekaterina Volkova (Finland), Anastasiya Serdyukova (Uzbekistan), Ana Luiza Filiorianu (Romania), Shang Rong (China) and Jana Berezko-Marggrander. Also since Oceania did not qualify an athlete Australia’s Danielle Prince has been given a continental quota. An African quota will be given either through the tripartite commission or through the best ranked athlete from the 2015 World Championships (South Africa). In addition Brazil announced that it will use its host quota on Natalia Gaudio. The final was again topped by Staniouta whom finished with a score of 70.749.

A direct final for the team all-around was held. Germany won the event by being the best team in the two rotations finishing with a score of 33.183. The other two Olympic quotas went to silver medalist Uzbekistan (32.832) and bronze medalist Greece (31.982).

This was the final opportunity for nations to qualify to the Olympics in gymnastics. All that is remaining is to decide on the tripartite places. Overall China and Russia will be sending the largest teams with 20 athletes each while Japan and the United States will also compete in all of the events.

 

Athletes by Nations

  • Germany – 16
  • France – 10
  • Uzbekistan – 9
  • Greece – 7
  • Ukraine – 7
  • Belgium – 6
  • Brazil – 5
  • Netherlands – 5
  • Portugal – 4
  • Australia – 3
  • New Zealand – 3
  • Romania – 3
  • Algeria – 2
  • Armenia – 2
  • Austria – 2
  • Belarus – 2
  • Canada – 2
  • Chile – 2
  • Colombia – 2
  • Croatia – 2
  • Cuba – 2
  • Finland – 2
  • Hungary – 2
  • Ireland – 2
  • Italy – 2
  • Mexico – 2
  • South Africa – 2
  • Spain – 2
  • Turkey – 2
  • United States – 2
  • Vietnam – 2
  • Argentina – 1
  • Azerbaijan – 1
  • China – 1
  • Chinese Taipei – 1
  • Cyprus – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Great Britain – 1
  • Guatemala – 1
  • Iceland – 1
  • India – 1
  • Israel – 1
  • Jamaica – 1
  • Japan – 1
  • Kazakhstan – 1
  • Lithuania – 1
  • Norway – 1
  • Peru – 1
  • Poland – 1
  • Russia – 1
  • Slovakia – 1
  • Slovenia – 1
  • South Korea – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Switzerland – 1
  • Trinidad and Tobago – 1
  • Venezuela – 1

 

References

Gymnastics: China Dominates at World Trampoline Championships

China was able to qualify the maximum number of athletes to the Olympics as they won gold medals in the individual events at the 2015 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships. The top 8, with a maximum of two nations per gender qualify to the Olympics. The Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships were held in Odense, Denmark from November 26th to November 29th 2015.

In the women’s individual event China dominated the qualification round by holding four out of the top five positions. However, only three are allowed into the semifinals meaning fifth place Zhong Xingping did not qualify to the next round. Li Dan of China led all athletes in the semifinals as her high difficulty routine was enough to finish above Tatsiana Piatrenia of Belarus. The top 8 qualified to the finals and Olympics; specifically Belarus (2), Canada, China (2), Georgia and Great Britain (2). Li Dan continued her exceptional performance by winning the gold medal over her compatriot Liu Lingling. Piatrenia finished with the bronze medal.

China was also the star in the men’s individual event as they finished in four of the top six positions. Belarus’ Uladzislau Hancharou finished the qualification round with the most points. In the semifinals Gao Lei of China took the top spot. Since China had three athletes in the top 8 ninth place Morgan Demiro-O-Demiro of France advanced over Dong Dong. The eight Olympic quotas went to Belarus, China (2), France, Japan (2) and Russia (2). In the final Gao Lei executed a highly difficult routine to win the gold medal as Hancharou and Yudin Andrey of Russia took the silver and bronze medals respectively.

The remaining spots will be decided at the Gymnastics Test Event to be held in 2016. The athletes that will compete in the test event were decided at this event where the top 12 athletes, with a maximum of two per nation from nations not yet qualify will be given a second chance to compete and qualify one athlete per gender.

 

Quotas by Nation

  • China – 4
  • Belarus – 3
  • Great Britain – 2
  • Japan – 2
  • Russia – 2
  • Canada – 1
  • France – 1
  • Georgia – 1

 

References

 

Gymnastics: 20 Nations Win Quotas at 2015 Artistic World Championships

China, Great Britain, Japan, Russia and the United States were able to qualify the maximum athletes with their performances at the 2015 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. The main Olympic qualifier at this championship was for the team event where the top eight from each gender qualified to the Olympics. However, individual athletes were able to qualify should they finish as one of the medalists in the apparatus events and their nation did not qualify in the team events. The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held in Glasgow, Great Britain from October 23rd to November 1st 2015.

The United States was the star of the women’s team all-around qualification. They finished over five points ahead of their nearest competitor and finished first in the vault, balance beam and floor. Only second place Russia was able to defeat the United States in the uneven bars apparatus. The other nations to qualify to the finals and to the Olympics were Great Britain, China, Italy, Japan, Canada and the Netherlands. Ninth place Brazil lost out due to a terrible performance in the uneven bars where they finished 15th overall. Romania missing the finals altogether was perhaps one of the biggest shocks at this championship.

The United States again had an exceptional performance in the final as they won the gold medal with a five point advantage including finishing on top on the three of the four apparatuses. Only China was able to defeat them in the uneven bars. An uncharacteristic bad performance on the balance beam and floor cost Russia a spot on the podium as they finished in fourth. Instead it was China whom had a very good performance that won the silver medal while Great Britain finished with the bronze.

A weak performance in the rings men’s team all-around qualification wasn’t enough to prevent Japan from winning the round as they were able to edge China for the top spot as they were able to finish in at least the top three on the other five apparatuses. The other nations to qualify to the finals and to the Olympics were Great Britain, Russia, the United States, Switzerland, Brazil and South Korea.

The final ended up being very nerve racking as even the top nations made mistakes. In the end less than a point separated the three medalists as Japan was able to secure their first team title despite an uncharacteristic mistake by Kohei Uchimura whom fell off the high bar, but his score of 14.466 was enough to finish just ahead of Great Britain whom had to settle for silver. Defending world champions China finished with the bronze medal.

Simone Biles of the United States won her third women’s individual all-around title by finishing ahead of her compatriot Gabby Douglas with a score of 60.399. The bronze medal was won by Larisa Iordache of Romania. In the men’s individual all-around Kohei Uchimura collected his sixth world title in a row as he finished with a score of 92.332. Cuba’s Manrique Larduet and China’s Deng Shudi finished with the silver and bronze respectively with scores of 90.698 and 90.099 respectively.

The men’s apparatus finals were won by six different athletes. Great Britain’s Max Whitlock and China’s You Hao were the only athletes to win multiple medals in the apparatus with Whitlock winning a gold and silver in the pommel horse and floor respectively and You winning a gold and silver in the Parallel bars and rings respectively. Japan won the most apparatus gold medals with Kenzo Shirai and Kohei Uchimura winning in the floor and horizontal bar respectively. The gold medal in the rings went to Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece while the gold medal in the vault went to Ri Se-Gwang of North Korea.

The star in the women’s apparatus finals was Simone Biles of the United States as she added gold medals in the balance beam and floor along with a bronze in the vault to her collection. A very rare event happened on the uneven bars where four athletes finished tied for first and was thus all given gold medals. The winning athletes on the uneven bars were Fan Yilin of China, Madison Kocian of the United States, Viktoria Komova of Russia and her compatriot Daria Spiridonova. The gold medal in the vault went to Maria Paseka of Russia.

While quotas for the Olympics were up for grabs for the medalists of the individual apparatuses many of those weren’t counted due to the winners being from nations qualified in the team event. Based on the results the following men won quotas to compete in the men’s individual all-around; Harutyun Merdinyan (Armenia), Oleg Stepko (Azerbaijan), Manrique Larduet (Cuba), Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece), Ri Se-Gwang (North Korea), Marian Dragulescu (Romania), Rayderley Zapata (Spain) and Oleh Vernyayev (Ukraine). The following women also won quotas to compete in the women’s individual all-around; Pauline Schafer (Germany) and Hong Un-Jong (North Korea).

Those individual quotas will only count if the athlete’s nation does not win a team quota at the gymnastics test event to be held in 2016. Individual athletes will also get their opportunity to qualify at the test event where all-around scores will be the determinate of qualification.

Quotas by Nation

  • China – 10
  • Great Britain – 10
  • Japan – 10
  • Russia – 10
  • United States – 10
  • Brazil – 5
  • Canada – 5
  • Italy – 5
  • Netherlands – 5
  • South Korea – 5
  • Switzerland – 5
  • North Korea – 2
  • Armenia – 1
  • Azerbaijan – 1
  • Cuba – 1
  • Germany – 1
  • Greece – 1
  • Romania – 1
  • Spain – 1
  • Ukraine – 1

References

Gymnastics: Russia Wins Double Gold in All-Around Events at World Rhythmic Championships

Russia and Eastern Europe were the stars of the 2015 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships as their athletes were among the top performers. The top 15 individual all-around athletes and the top 10, with a minimum of 3 continents group all-around teams qualified to the Olympics. The World Championships were held in Stuttgart, Germany from September 7th to September 13th 2015.

In the individual all-around it was Russia that dominated the qualification round as they occupied the top three positions as they were led by Yana Kudryavtseva. Sadly only two athletes per nation were permitted to enter the final round which meant third place finisher, Aleksandra Soldatova would be excluded. In the final Kudryavtseva was again the star as she won her third title in a row with a score of 75.632. Her compatriot Margarita Mamun finished second with a score of 74.766 while Melitina Staniouta of Belarus took the bronze with a score of 72.132.

The 15 Olympic quotas went to Azerbaijan, Belarus (2), Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Russia (2), Spain, Ukraine and the United States.

For this edition the group apparatuses were 5 ribbons and 6 clubs + 2 hoops. Russia was able to win its first gold medal in the event since 2007 by outscoring all opponents over the two stages, finishing with a score of 36.266. Defending champion Bulgaria had to settle for silver as the team scored 35.583. The bronze medal went to Spain who finished with a score of 34.900. Since the minimum of three qualified continents was not met in the top 10 the United States whom finished 13th will take the tenth spot leaving a tied Uzbekistan and Germany out of the Olympics for now.

The 10 teams qualified to the Olympics were Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, Ukraine and the United States.

For nations not qualified they will have a second opportunity to qualify at the rhythmic gymnastics Olympic test event. However, qualification for this event was based on the performance at the world championships. In brief, the top 22 unqualified nation individuals, respecting the maximum quota of 2 and the top 6 unqualified teams plus a spot for Brazil in the two events will be eligible to qualify in the test event.

Athletes by Nation

  • Belarus – 7
  • Russia – 7
  • Bulgaria – 6
  • Israel – 6
  • Japan – 6
  • Spain – 6
  • Ukraine – 6
  • United States – 6
  • China – 5
  • Italy – 5
  • Azerbaijan – 1
  • France – 1
  • Georgia – 1
  • Greece – 1
  • South Korea – 1

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