Diving: FINA Announces Participating Athletes

FINA has released the list of athletes which will compete in diving. The list also reveals the additional divers added to reach the maximum quota. Each gender had a maximum quota of 68 athletes for the individual and synchronized diving events. For every athlete which competed in the synchronized event, but not the individual event caused the individual event to have one fewer athlete competing relative to the maximum. In summary in the men’s 3m springboard 29 athletes will compete in the individual event and in the women’s 3m springboard and men’s and women’s 10m platform 28 athletes will compete in the individual event.

The next best ranked divers from the 2016 Diving World Cup were added to reach the aliquoted individual quota. This means for the men’s 3m springboard Germany and Austria gained an additional quota and for the men’s 10m platform Italy, Canada and Belarus gained quotas.

For the women’s events there were also declinations of quotas. For the women’s 3m springboard the Netherlands and South Africa declined a quota while Japan declined a quota it would have received through the reallocation process. Similarly in the women’s 10m platform Japan declined a quota while the Netherlands declined a quota it would have received through the reallocation process. Overall for the women’s 3m springboard Germany, United States, Colombia, Russia, Egypt, New Zealand and South Africa gained quotas to compete and in the women’s 10m platform Ukraine, Germany, Hungary, Brazil and Russia gained quotas.

There is still one female quota left unallocated, this was likely due to South Africa’s late rejection of one of their women’s 3m springboard quotas. It is likely the quota will eventually be filled by the next highest ranked athlete from the 2016 Diving World Cup, specifically Croatia.

Update: Croatia has received the quota in women’s 3m springboard.

 

New Quotas by Nations

  • Germany – 3
  • Russia – 2
  • Austria – 1
  • Belarus – 1
  • Brazil – 1
  • Canada – 1
  • Colombia – 1
  • Croatia – 1
  • Egypt – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • Italy – 1
  • New Zealand – 1
  • Ukraine – 1
  • United States – 1
  • Japan – -1
  • Netherlands – -1

 

Overall Athletes by Nation

  • China – 13
  • Great Britain – 11
  • United States – 10
  • Australia – 9
  • Brazil – 9
  • Mexico – 9
  • Germany – 8
  • Italy – 8
  • Russia – 8
  • Canada – 7
  • Ukraine – 7
  • Malaysia – 6
  • Colombia – 4
  • Egypt – 4
  • France – 3
  • Japan – 3
  • North Korea – 3
  • Belarus – 2
  • Venezuela – 2
  • Austria – 1
  • Croatia – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • Ireland – 1
  • Jamaica – 1
  • Netherlands – 1
  • New Zealand – 1
  • Puerto Rico – 1
  • South Africa – 1
  • South Korea – 1

 

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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

 

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Diving: China Tops Podium At World Cup

China led all nations by winning six out of the eight events at the 2016 Diving World Cup. The top four not yet qualified nations in the synchronized diving events along with any non-qualified athletes which have made the top 18 in the individual events qualified their nation to the Olympics, provided they have not exceeded the nation limit of two. The Diving World Cup was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from February 19th to February 24th 2016.

China led all nations during the preliminary round in the women’s synchronized 10m platform. Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia produced the best dives in each of the five rounds. The same was seen during the final as the pair won with a 25.14 lead at 344.04 points. China had already earned a spot at the Olympics meaning the four spots went to Malaysia, Great Britain, United States and Mexico. As a reminder Mexico is still suspended by FINA and should the suspension not get lifted it is believe that athletes which have qualified in diving, swimming and synchronized swimming will compete under the Olympic banner.

In the preliminary round of the men’s synchronized 3m springboard it was China’s Cao Yuan and Qin Kai which led the pack. The final took an interesting turn after the third dive where a major mistake by Cao and Qin pushed them down to fifth. For the rest of the final China was playing catch-up while Mexico, Great Britain and Germany attempted to outdo each other. In the end China was unable to catch-up as they finished in second while both Mexico and Great Britain had a poor final dive leaving Germany’s Stephan Feck and Patrick Hausding as the gold medalists. The four nations which grabbed their spots to the Olympics were Germany, Mexico, Italy and the United States.

China’s Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia did just enough to finish on top of the women’s synchronized 3m springboard ahead of Italy during the preliminaries. The Chinese pair would have a more impressive performance in the final as they finished 27.33 points ahead of Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware to win the gold medal. Since both nations already qualified to the Olympics the four quotas went to Italy, Malaysia, Great Britain and Germany.

The preliminary round of the men’s synchronized 10m platform began as a close match between China’s Chen Aisen and Lin Yue and Germany’s Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein, but a poor fourth dive by Chen and Lin gave Germany the easy victory. Chen and Lin would recover from this loss in the final and held the lead from start to finish, winning the gold medal over Germany. The four quotas went to Germany, Great Britain, the United States and Ukraine.

Going into the individual events, the preliminary round of the women’s 10m platform was won by Pandelela Pamg of Malaysia whom did just enough to finish ahead of her Chinese rivals. The semi-final was won by Si Yajie of China whose final dive was just good enough to finish ahead of her compatriot Ren Qian. Ren Qian wouldn’t make the same mistake in the final as she put together one of the best strings of dives ever seen scoring 454.65 where 477 would have been completely perfect. Si Yajie won the silver medal while Melissa Wu of Australia won the bronze.

Athletes not already qualified who reached the top 18 in the women’s 10m platform gave the following nations quotas to the Olympics; Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Japan (2), Mexico, Russia and the United States.

In the men’s 3m springboard a couple of mistakes by China’s He Chao gave the opportunity for France’s Matthieu Rosset to take the top spot during the preliminary round. He Chao would recover and win the semi-final round, but more mistakes in the final ultimately had him finish in sixth place. The winner of the event was suspended Mexico’s Rommel Pacheco whom finished over 45 points ahead of surprise silver medalist Yona Knight-Wisdom of Jamaica.

Athletes not already qualified who reached the top 18 in the men’s 3m springboard gave the following nations quotas to the Olympics; Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy (2), Jamaica, Japan, Mexico and the United States (2).

Italy’s Tania Cagnotto had a strong final two dives in order to finish first in the preliminary round of the women’s 3m springboard event. Cagnotto would be pushed to fourth place in the semi-finals as Shi Tingmao of China led for the entire round. In the final Shi would continue her performance to win the gold medal ahead of her compatriot He Zi.

Athletes not already qualified who reached the top 18 in the women’s 3m springboard gave the following nations quotas to the Olympics; Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico (2), Netherlands, Russia and the United States.

In the men’s 10m platform it was three time world champion Qiu Bo whom led all athletes in the preliminaries. He would continue this performance in both the semi-finals and finals to win the gold medal with 557.75 points. The silver medal went to his compatriot Chen Aisen and United States’ David Dinsmore.

Athletes not already qualified who reached the top 18 in the men’s 10m platform gave the following nations quotas to the Olympics; Brazil, Canada, Colombia (2), Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United States and Venezuela (2).

While this is the final qualification event for diving more athletes will be added as additional divers. Depending on the amount of overlap between divers in the synchronization and individual events more divers will be added to ensure that 68 male and 68 female divers are present, with a preference of 34 for each height. We won’t officially know who made it until other nations begin to announce their diving team, but historically the first few divers which missed the semi-finals are very likely to be qualified. An updated list will be provided once this is known.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • United States – 8
  • Great Britain – 6
  • Mexico – 6
  • Germany – 5
  • Italy – 5
  • Brazil – 3
  • Canada – 3
  • Colombia – 3
  • Japan – 3
  • Malaysia – 3
  • Russia – 2
  • Venezuela – 2
  • Ireland – 1
  • Jamaica – 1
  • Netherlands – 1
  • Puerto Rico – 1
  • South Korea – 1
  • Ukraine – 1

 

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Athletics: United States and Jamaica Lead the Way at the World Relay Championships

Brazil, Jamaica and the United States were able to qualify in all four relay events showing that Pan American countries are still by far the strongest continent in sprint events as they were able to win over half the available quotas.

The World Relay Championships was created in 2014 to provide more international competition for relay events along with developing the non-Olympic relays. The 2015 edition was held in Nassau, Bahamas from May 2nd 2015 to May 3rd 2015. The top 8 relay teams in each event in the finals qualified to the Olympics.

As expected the highlight of the men’s 4x100m relay was between Jamaica and the United States. Both teams brought several of their top runners with Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade and Usain Bolt representing Jamaica and Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey representing the United States. In the end it was the United States that edged Jamaica for gold setting a new Championship Record with a time of 37.38. In a bit of an upset that was overshadowed by the US/Jamaica affair Japan took the bronze medal. The other nations that placed in the top 8 were Brazil, France, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and Germany.

In the women’s 4x400m relay the United States set another Championship Record as the team of Phyllis Francis, Natasha Hastings, Sanya Richards-Ross and Francena McCorory finished over Jamaica with a time of 3:19.39. The bronze medal was a close affair as both France and Great Britain remained close at the end, but it was Great Britain whom won the final sprint, 0.30 seconds ahead with a time of 3:26.38. The other nations that placed in the top 8 were Poland, Canada, Australia and Brazil.

Jamaica was finally able to defeat the United States in the women’s 4x100m relay as the team of Simone Facey, Kerron Stewart, Schillonie Calvert and Veronica Campbell-Brown were able to outmatch their United States counter-part with a time of 42.14. The race for third place was quite exciting to watch as five teams raced for the line. In the end it was Great Britain again who finished third with a minuscule 0.01 second lead over Canada. In fact third to seventh place all finished 0.15 seconds apart. The other nations that placed in the top 8 were Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Nigeria and Switzerland.

After a disappointing event for the host nation where the other three relays failed to qualify to the Olympics the crowd was given something to cheer about as 3/4 of their 2012 Olympic gold medal team stepped up to do battle in the men’s 4x400m final. The team of Ramon Miller, Michael Mathieu, Steven Gardiner and Chris Brown had a very impressive race, but they too were disappointed as the United States was able to take a third gold medal among the Olympic events with a time of 2:58.43. Belgium along with three members of the Borlee family finished with the bronze medal. The other nations that placed in the top 8 were Jamaica, Brazil, Great Britain, Trinidad and Tobago and Botswana.

Overall most of the usual suspects qualified with the biggest surprise being Botswana in the men’s 4x400m. Host nation Brazil will be pleased that they have qualified in all four events. Unsurprisingly the United States and Jamaica are still the teams to beat. For the remaining 8 spots in each event all other nations will have their 2 best times from May 1st 2015 to July 12th 2016 added together and the 8 fastest times will then qualify a team.

Quotas by Nation

  • Brazil – 4
  • Jamaica – 4
  • United States – 4
  • Great Britain – 3
  • Trinidad and Tobago – 3
  • Canada – 2
  • France – 2
  • Australia – 1
  • Bahamas – 1
  • Belgium – 1
  • Botswana – 1
  • Germany – 1
  • Japan – 1
  • Nigeria – 1
  • Poland – 1
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis – 1
  • Switzerland – 1

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