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  1. The FEI Nations Cup 2022 has shown some of the best jumpers from each area battle against each other, but now they will fight on the global stage in the final at Barcelona, Spain. With the added initiative of a spot at the Olympics for the winning team (alongside three individual places), there will be much at stake for those competing at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona (Barcelona Royal Polo Club), a multi-sport club which among other things boasts the 2004 European champions in men's hockey and also hosted this event at the 1992 Olympics. The final would be made up of seven teams from "Europe Division 1", two from North and Central America, South America, the Middle East, and Asia/Africa, with one from Africa and Eurasia, plus hosts Spain. There were six European qualifiers, with nine countries entering: the top seven would earn points. These countries were Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. Each entered four of the six qualifiers. France lead with 370 points after an impressive win in Hickstead, while the Netherlands were second on 350 with a win on home soil in Rotterdam. In third were the Germans on 330 points after they won in Sopot, while Ireland were in fourth on 310 after a win in the final event in Dublin. Switzerland were close on 305, winning the first event in St Gallen, while a win in Falsterbo gave Belgium sixth with 285 points. Great Britain won the final spot on 265 points, ahead of Norway and Sweden who were on 215 each. The qualifier for the Middle East would be in Abu Dhabi, with the UAE the highest-performing eligible team in second, qualifying alongside Saudi Arabia in fifth and beating out Jordan in sixth, Syria withdrew. However, neither the UAE, Saudi Arabia nor substitutes Jordan accepted the invitation to compete at the final, so Norway and Sweden took their place. In the North/Central American qualifier, the USA's elimination in Coapexpan cost them: Mexico topped the table with 190 points ahead of Canada on 160, the US missed out on sixty. For South America, the qualifier was the 2022 World Championship. Brazil, in ninth place, were the highest performing South American team, while Argentina in 21st beat out Colombia in 22nd for the final spot. For Africa, it would be the highest ranked country in the July world rankings: 34th placed Nayel Nassar of Egypt earned them a place, but they rejected it. The substitutes South Africa (Oliver Lazarus was in joint 218th) and Morocco (with Abdelkabir Ouaddar in joint 626th) also rejected a place, meaning that the total teams dropped to seventeen. For the Asia/Australasia region, the same ranking would be used, with Australia's Rowan Willis in 64th and Japan's Mike Kawai in 205th earning a place. However, both rejected it, as did subs New Zealand (with Sharn Wordley in join 345th) and Chinese Taipei (with Jasmine Shao-Man Chen and Isheau Wong both in joint 2295th), meaning that the total dropped further to fifteen. Finally, the Eurasian qualifier took place with Uzbekistan on 270 points beating Kyrgyzstan on 240 and Kazakhstan on 210, but the Uzbeks also rejected their place. With Spain also taking part, fourteen teams would make the final. France have already qualified for the Games as hosts, while Sweden, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, and Germany all qualified at the World Championships. As Spain did not qualify outright but only as hosts, they are also ineligible to get a place. Thus, seven teams are eligible: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Norway, and Switzerland. Belgium, in seventh, were the highest-performing of these teams at the World Championships in Herning and three of the four team members from that championships return. Switzerland, Brazil, and Canada took the next three places, with Mexico eighteenth, Norway nineteenth, and Argentina 21st. The event takes place from 29 September to 1 October, with the top eight in the first competition making the final. The top team eligible will make the Olympics in Paris.
  2. Nathan Hales earns a spot in Shooting - Men's Trap.
  3. The United States' Derrick Scott Mein and France's Carole Cormenier won gold medals as they won spots at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games during the 2022 ISSF World Championship (Shotgun) in Osijek, Croatia. With four places up for grabs in both the Men's and Women's Trap competitions, there was plenty of intrigue as to who would pick up an early spot. In the men's event, the Czech Republic's Jiri Liptak and Sweden's Rickard Levin-Andersson had already qualified and were ineligible. In total there were 157 athletes, meaning 155 were eligible to pick up a place. With 125 targets to shoot in qualifying, the top eight would advance. Leading off was Chinese Taipei's Yang Kun-Pi with 123 hits, while Mein was in second with 122. There was a four-way tie for third as Rashid Hamad SA al-Athba of Qatar, Peru's Alessandro de Souza Ferreira, Great Britain's Nathan Hales and India's Bhowneesh Mendiratta all hit 121 targets. In the first shoot-off, de Souza Ferreira booked his place in third with two hits, while the other three could only manage one, leading to another shoot-off. Here, Mendiratta hit three targets with the other two only hitting two, confirming the Indian in fourth and mandating another shoot-off between al-Athba and Hales. It was the Britain who took it 2-1 to confirm fifth spot. There was an eleven-way tie for seventh as Kuwait's Abdulrahman Al Faihan, Australia's Nathan Steven Argiro, Portugal's Joao Azevedo, France's Clement Borgue, Greece's Ioannis Chatzitsakiroglou, Spain's Alberto Fernandez, Croatian brothers Anton Glasnovic and Josip Glasnovic, Moroccan Driss Haffari, GB's Aaron Heading and New Zealand's Owen Robinson. Borgue took seventh with eight hits in the shoot-off, while Heading took the final spot with seven. Chatzitsakrioglou and Haffari missed out with five, ahead of Robinson on four, Azevedo on three, Anton Glasnovic, Fernandez, and Josip Glasnovic on two, Argiro on one, and Al Faihan on zero. With the eight decided, it was time for the ranking matches. In the first match, Borgue, de Souza Ferreira, Hales, and Yang met, with one athlete eliminated after fifteen shots and another eliminated after a further ten: the other two would proceed to the medal match. After fourteen shots, Hales had thirteen hits, while Borgue, de Souza Ferreira and Yang all had twelve, but the Peruvian missed his fifteenth shot to get eliminated while both Borgue and Yang continued with a hit. Seven shots later, and Hales still had the advantage, with twenty shots compared to nineteen for Borgue and Yang. Yang missed his next shot to give Borgue the advantage, it was now 20-19 in their battle. But in the next shot both Borgue and Hales missed, meaning Hales had twenty-one hits and Borgue and Yang both had twenty. Remarkably, Hales hit the next shot to top the match with twenty-two, but Borgue and Yang both missed. It would go to a shoot-off, which Yang took 1-0, putting him through to the medal match. In the other ranking match, al-Athba, Heading, Mein, and Mendiratta faced off, with Heading wasting an opportunity by missing his final shot to be eliminated with eleven hits after fifteen. Mein lead with all fifteen with Mendiratta not too far behind on fourteen; al-Athba on twelve had work to do, but hit his next ten perfectly. Mendiratta did the same to top the match with twenty-four, but after hitting his first twenty-two shots perfectly, Mein missed three in a row to mandate a shoot-off with al-Athba, which he did win 5-4. So Hales, Mein, Mendiratta, and Yang went through to the medal match, where after fifteen shots, an athlete would be eliminated, and then again after twenty-five and thirty-five. It was tense after fifteen, with Hales, Mein, and Yang all on fourteen hits and Mendiratta eliminated on fifteen. Hales and Mein both hit their next ten perfectly but Yang had to settle for bronze as he only hit nine for a final total of twenty-three. That meant that Hales and Mein were twenty-four apiece going into the final ten shots, but Hales blinked first, missing his fifth hit to give Mein a 29-28 lead with five shots to go. Mein hit his next four perfectly, with Hales missing his fourth shot, meaning a golden hit was declared with Mein 33-31 up with just one shot to go. Therefore, the quotas went to the United States, Great Britain, Chinese Taipei, and India. On the women's side, Great Britain's Lucy Charlotte Hall was ineligible having already qualified. With 81 shooters, that meant eighty had the right to earn a place in Paris. Slovakia's Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova lead qualifying with 122 hits, with a tie for second between Cormenier and China's Wang Xiaojing on 119 points; Wang winning the shoot-off 2-1. There was another tie for fourth between Portugal's Maria Ines Coelho de Barros and Australia's Catherine Skinner both getting 118 hits, and the Australian took the shoot-off 3-2. For sixth, another tie, with Spain's Fatima Galvez and Australia's Laetisha Scanlan both racking up 117 hits, and Galvez took that shoot-off 1-0. There was a three-way tie for the eighth and final spot, with Ray Bassil of Lebanon, Mariya Dmitriyenko of Kazakhstan, and Kathrin Murche of Germany all on 116: Dmitriyenko took it with five hits, ahead of Murche on four and Bassil on one. Coelho de Barros, Cormenier, Rehak Stefecekova, and Scanlan met in the first ranking match. There was a clear leader after fifteen hits, with Rehak Stefecekova hitting all fifteen, ahead of Cormenier on thirteen, Coelho de Barros on twelve and the eliminated Scanlan on eleven. Rehak Stefecekova finished with a perfect twenty-five, while Cormenier pipped Coelho de Barros 22-20 for the other spot. In the other match, Dmitriyenko, Galvez, Skinner, and Wang met, with some mistakes being shown early on. Galvez led after fifteen shots with thirteen hits, ahead of Wang on twelve. Skinner and Dmitriyenko were both on eleven, with the Kazakh eliminated due to her inferior score in qualification. Skinner then hit her next ten shots perfectly, and with Galvez and Wang missing two each, it was the Chinese shooter eliminated: Skinner and Galvez both had twenty-one over Wang's twenty. So the medal match was made up of Cormenier, Galvez, Rehak Stefecekova and Skinner. After fifteen shots, Cormenier and Galvez led with fourteen, with Rehak Stefecekova on twelve and Skinner eliminated on ten. Ten shots later, Cormenier led with twenty-three, with Galvez on twenty-one and Rehak Stefecekova on twenty. Cormenier had given Galvez a potential opening after missing her third shot of the final ten, but Galvez missed her ninth shot, re-establishing the two-hit advantage and with one shot to go, a Golden Hit was declared with Cormenier 33-31 up. The quotas therefore went to France, Spain, Slovakia, and Australia. This means that a host quota will now be reallocated to the Olympic Ranking. Therefore, the non-European countries of Australia, Chinese Taipei, India and the United States get their first quota, while Great Britain add their first male quota to the two spots the women have earned at European Championships. France get their second (and first female) non-host quota, while Spain and Slovakia get a spot each after missing out at European Championships. The Championships continue with the Skeet competition from 7-9 October. The next chance to see Trap shooters will be at the 2022 CAT Championship for North and South Americans in Lima, Peru, the 2023 European Championship in Leobersdorf, Austria, the 2023 Asia Championship in Changwon, South Korea, or the 2023 World Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan, depending on continent. Patrick Green Writer, Totallympics News
  4. Reigning world and Olympic women's basketball champions Team USA showed no sign of slowing down in the 2022 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, having no problem in making the group stage. The winner of the World Cup will qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics. In the group stages, with six teams per group, a win would yield two points with a loss leading to one; the top four teams would qualify for the quarterfinals. In Group A, the US were joined by Belgium, China, South Korea, Puerto Rico, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first match took place between the Bosnians and Puerto Rico at the State Sports Centre, with Arella Guirantes impressing with twenty-six points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Puerto Ricans never let go of an early lead to win 82-58. The Americans would open against Belgium and while the Cats held their own, the world champions never looked like losing as Breanna Stewart and Alyssa Thomas starred in an 87-72 victory at the Sydney SuperDome, the first of a double-header before South Korea faced China. The Chinese were out to put out a statement and did so with a 107-44 victory, with Han Xu earning plaudits for her fifteen rebounds and thirteen points. On Day 2, another double header took place, this time at the State Sports Centre, leading with a clash between Puerto Rico and the United States. Shakira Austin hit double figures in both points and rebounds as the Americans won 106-42. Meanwhile, Belgium bounced back with an 84-61 win over South Korea, before attention moved to the SuperDome where China faced Bosnia and Herzegovina, and put out another big performance winning 98-51, Han once again showing great form. But the Chinese would be brought back to earth on day three in the first game of a triple header at the SuperDome, as they lost 77-63 to the US despite an impressive third quarter showing in which they cut the American lead by ten. The introduction of A'ja Wilson proved effective as the Las Vegas Aces power forward netted twenty points. South Korea got their first win of the tournament as they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 99-66, with Kang Lee-seul netting a huge thirty-seven points. Finally, a back-and-forth game between Puerto Rico and Belgium was edged 68-65 to the Belgians, as an inspired Kyara Linskens performance took them over the line despite more magic from Guirantes. After a rest day, again all three matches on day four were hosted at the SuperDome, with Belgium starting things off with a professional 85-55 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in a game that they controlled throughout the match. The United States set a new record for points scored as they smashed South Korea 145-69, with Wilson and Brionna Jones both being particularly impressive. China got back on track with a 95-60 win over Puerto Rico. This meant that with one day to go, the US, China, and Belgium were through, with a crunch match between Puerto Rico and South Korea ahead of the eliminated Bosnia and Herzegovina. This match would take place at the SuperDome, and Puerto Rico were inspired to a 92-73 victory by Mya Hollingshed's twenty-nine points. At the State Sports Centre, China made light work of Belgium with an 81-55 win; China have been a real handful the whole tournament. Back at the SuperDome, and in the final game of the group the US beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 121-59 in a dead rubber. This meant that the US topped the group with ten points, ahead of China (nine), Belgium (eight), and Puerto Rico (seven), while South Korea (six) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (five) missed out on qualification. In Group B, hosts Australia were joined by Canada, France, Japan, Serbia, and Mali. The opening game was held at the State Sports Centre as Canada ground out a tough win over Serbia 67-60, with a late fightback from the Serbs not enough. At the SuperDome, Japan made light work of Mali with an 89-56 win, before Gabby Williams netted twenty-three points in France's impressive 70-57 win over Australia. On the second day, with all matches at the SuperDome, Japan couldn't recover from a fifteen-point deficit in the first quarter as they lost 69-64 to Serbia, while Canada seemed to find their rhythm in a 59-45 victory over France. Australia were back on track with an 118-58 win over Mali. After a rest day, action returned with all matches on day three at the SuperDome. Mali restored some pride but ultimately fell 74-59 to France despite Sika Koné netting eighteen points. Australia's resurgence continued with a 69-54 victory over Serbia, before Bridget Carleton inspired Canada to a 70-56 win over Japan with nineteen points. On the fourth day, the first two games were at the Sports Centre; Saša Čađo netted twenty points to take Serbia over the line against Mali, 81-68, in a match that was overshadowed when, during Čađo's interview, Mali players were seen fighting amongst themselves just a few metres away. Williams was on song again when France beat Japan 67-53 in a big win for qualification in the later match at the Sports Centre, while in the game of the tournament so far Australia squeaked past Canada 75-72 at the SuperDome. Canada lead through the first quarter 23-14, before Australia reversed them to lead 36-33 at the midway point. But the Canadians were 57-46 ahead at the third quarter and looked to be heading to victory, until the Opals came out all guns blazing in the fourth quarter and while Canada tried for one last fightback, it was too little, too late. On the final day, the final match at the Sports Centre would take place as Canada responded with an 88-65 win over Mali, with Carleton netting twenty-seven points. Serbia's strong start took them over the line, 68-62 at the same venue against France, while Australia continued the momentum with a 71-54 win over Japan at the SuperDome. This means that Australia won the group with nine points, ahead of Canada on head-to-head, while Serbia were third on eight points, also ahead of France on head-to-head. Japan (six points) and Mali (five points) were eliminated. A draw was held for the quarter finals, with first and second in each group guaranteed to play third and fourth from the other. On the top half of the draw, Belgium face Australia while China take on France, while on the bottom side, Puerto Rico face Canada and the United States take on Serbia. This is a fascinating draw for many reasons: Belgium are highly rated but have not shown their best form while Australia seem to be hitting their side, China seem a very dangerous team and have avoided the US until the final and a potential semifinal against Australia appears mouthwatering, but France cannot be counted out. On the other side, Canada vs the US is a big favourite for the semifinal, and that is a clash that has an edge to it in any sport, and could we see a China-US rematch in the final? Time will tell, with the quarterfinals on 29 September, the semifinals on 30 September, and the final and third place match on 1 October, all games are at the Sydney SuperDome. Patrick Green Writer, Totallympics News
  5. The latest update to the Paris 2024 qualification schedule has recently taking place with Sport Climbing updating its qualification documents, for both disciplines. Sport Climbing (Boulder and Lead) The Boulder and Lead discipline has confirmed the dates of the continental qualifiers. The 2023 Pan American Games were already confirmed, but now the European Qualifier (Laval, FRA, 27-29 Oct 2023) has also been confirmed. Furthermore, the dates (but not the locations), of the Asian (3-7 Nov 2023), Oceanian (23-26 Nov 2023) and African (14-17 Dec 2023) qualifiers have also been confirmed. Each continental event will qualify one man and one woman each, and they join the World Championships in Bern, Switzerland (1-12 Aug 2023) and the Olympic Qualifier Series (dates and locations TBC) as the qualification events for the Games Sport Climbing (Speed) Meanwhile, the four continental events, as well as the Pan American Games that will qualify places for the Speed Category have dates confirmed. The European qualifier in Italy (9-10 Sep 2023), as well as the Asian (3-7 Nov 2023), Oceanian (23-26 Nov), and African (14-17 Dec 2023) have had their dates announced. Like the Boulder and Lead event, they will each qualify one man and one woman each and join the Bern Worlds and the OQS as the qualification events for the games. Every sport, with the exception of Athletics, has its qualification schedules released, but the details of many events remain sketchy with dates and times to be confirmed. Patrick Green Writer, Totallympics News
  6. Sydney, Australia, will play host to the first Olympic qualification event in Basketball as the 2022 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup is set to being. Women's Basketball has twelve places at the Olympics, with the host nation, France, being joined by the World Cup winner. Twelve teams take part in this event, with hosts Australia and Olympic champions the United States qualifying directly. The rest of the teams had to come through a sixteen-team qualification event. The teams taking part were the four semifinalists in the 2021 FIBA Women's AmeriCup in Puerto Rico, with the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Canada clinching a spot, the top six teams at EuroBasket Women 2021 in France and Spain, with Serbia, France, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Russia advancing; two teams from the 2021 Women's Afrobasket in Cameroon, these being Nigeria and Mali, and finally the top four from the 2021 FIBA Women's Asia Cup: these were Japan, China, Australia, and South Korea. The top three per group would qualify, even if they had already qualified for the final event. In Group A in Belgrade, Serbia, the hosts qualified along with Australia and Japan eliminating Brazil, while in Group B in the same city China, Nigeria and France qualified ahead of Mali. In Group C held in Japan, Belarus withdrew due to COVID-19, meaning Canada, Japan, and Bosnia and Herzegovina all qualified, while in Group D hosted in the United States and the Dominican Republic, the United States, Belgium, and Russia qualified ahead of Puerto Rico. However, Russia were then expelled due to the invasion of Ukraine, allowing Puerto Rico back in, while Nigeria then withdrew to be replaced by Mali. Nigeria's basketball federation has been beset by crisis in recent years as different factions vie for control, and the country's President responded by withdrawing Nigerian basketball teams from any international competition for the next two years to revamp the sport in the country: while the national team remains respectable, grassroots and domestic competitions remain dormant. The twelve teams were split into two groups of six based on seeding. Group A has the seeded United States, Belgium, and China joined by unseeded Puerto Rico, South Korea, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Group B had the seeded Australia, France and Canada joined by unseeded Japan, South Korea, and Nigeria, with Nigeria replaced by Mali after the draw. The majority of matches will take place at the Sydney Super Dome, home of the 21,000-capacity Sydney Kings, reigning men's basketball champions in Australia. Eight matches, including the opener between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Puerto Rico, Canada's match with Serbia, Puerto Rico's game against the reigning champions the USA, Belgium's clash with South Korea, Serbia's match with Mali, France's battle with Japan, China's match with Belgium, and finally Mali against Canada will take part at the 5,000-seater State Sports Centre, a former home of the Kings. The top four teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals, where a draw will take place to determine the single elimination bracket, with all games in that stage at the Super Dome. There will also be a third placed match, with the winner joining France at the Olympics. Patrick Green Writer, Totallympics News
  7. Paris 2024 sees one of its biggest qualification event to date as the 2022 World Championships (Shotgun) take place in Osijek, Croatia. The event is hosted at Osijek's Pampas Olympic Shooting range, home of successful Croatian club UPS Pampas. Four places are up for grabs in four events, these are the Men's and Women's Skeet and Trap. For the Skeet, if a man and a woman from the same NOC get a spot (or if a country that already has a spot in one gender gets one in the other gender) this will also confirm a place in the mixed team event. Only one athlete per NOC can get a spot in a particular event at this championships; furthermore, athletes which have already gained a spot cannot qualify. The European Championships were held already. The athletes that are ineligible to gain a quota are Jiri Liptak (Czech Republic) and Rickard Levin-Andersson (Sweden) in the Men's Trap, and Lucy Charlotte Hall (Great Britain) in the Women's Trap; over on the skeet side, Jakub Tomecek (Czech Republic) has already got his place in the men's, while Amber Hill (Great Britain) and Nadine Messerschmidt (Germany) have already gained a place for the women. Starting on the men's side, with the skeet and American Olympic champion Vincent Hancock, as are fellow medallists Jesper Hansen (Denmark) and Abdullah Alrashidi (Kuwait). In fact, the whole top five in Tokyo are here, with Finland's Eetu Kalloinen and France's Eric Delauney ones to watch. Also present is Great Britain's Ben Llewellin, who came third in the European Championships in Larnaca and will be hoping to recover from that narrow miss. In the 2020 cycle, this was the first event on the calendar: Hancock qualified, as did Norway's Erik Watndal, Italy's Riccardo Filippelli, and France's Emmanuel Petit, all bar Filippelli are present here. Great Britain and Germany can secure a place in the mixed team event with a qualification here, while the Czech Republic's Tomas Nyrdle defends his title. In the Men's Trap, and Olympic and European champion Liptak will take all the attention but has already qualified a spot. The presence of Olympic runner-up David Kostelecy means that the Czechs can already complete a maximum of two quotas in this event at Paris at this early stage. Defending champion Matthew John Coward-Holley, who won bronze in Tokyo, is hoping to qualify a place for Great Britain, while Mexican youngster Jorge Orozco Diaz, China's Yu Haicheng and Kuwait's Abdulrahman Al Faihan return meaning that all six finallists in Tokyo will be in Osijek. GB's Nathan Hales and Portugal's Armelim Felipe Rodrigues will also hope to make a splash after making the final in Larnaca. In the 2020 cycle, it was Spain's Alberto Fernandez, Al Faihan, Slovakia's Erik Varga and Australia's James Willett who qualified from this event, all four return. Over to the women's side, and starting with the skeet; the US have not brought with them Olympic champion Amber English, and neither runner-up Diana Bacosi of Italy or Chinese bronze medallist Wei Meng, who were top two in the last event in 2019, return this year. Thailand's Isarapa Imprasertsuk and Messerschmidt, who were fourth and fifth in Tokyo, do return. Also her is Danka Bartekova of Slovakia, who won a bronze medal in Larnaca and will hope to qualify for the Games at this opportunity. In this event in the 2020 cycle, two Americans qualified (which is no longer allowed) in Caitlin Connor and Kimberly Rhode, while Bartekova won a place alongside the ROC's Natalia Vinogradova. Bartekova is the only athlete to return; Vinogradova's absence is alongside the entire Russian team. The Czech Republic and Italy can confirm a place in the mixed event with a qualification. Finally to the Women's Trap, and Slovakian Olympic champion Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova is joined by American Kayle Browning and San Marino's Alessandra Perilli, who joined her on the podium in Tokyo; Australians Laetisha Scanlan and Penny Smith also return from that final. Another significant name is Fatima Galvez of Spain, who came fourth in Larnaca and will hope to qualify this time. Rehak Stefecekova, China's Wang Xiaojing, Italy's Silvana Stanco and Scanlan were the four to qualify in the 2020 cycle at this event; all but Stanco, who already qualified in Larnaca return. The trap events take place from 26-28 September, while the skeet events take place from 7-9 October. Patrick Green Writer, Totallympics News
  8. GB qualified a team, and thus three individual riders, in equestrian - eventing
  9. For both 3x3 basketball and modern pentathlon just minor language clarifications
  10. Eight more spots at Paris 2024 have been confirmed in the sport of Shooting, as the 2022 European Championships (25m/50m) took place in Wrocław, Poland. The top-two placing athletes in each event, with the stipulation that they can't be from the same NOC, earned a spot for their country in Paris. The four events were the Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions, the Men's Rapid Fire Pistol, the Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions, and the Women's 25m Pistol. Starting on the men's side, with the 50m Rifle 3 Positions, and to whittle down a large start list an elimination relay was held: there it was Norway's Simon Claussen (594) and Jon-Hermann Hegg (592) that impressed with a 1-2. With the final 36 athletes known, including three ranking points only (RPO) shooters, qualification was next, and the top eight would qualify with two hundred shots in each of the three positions, for a total of six hundred. In the end it was Lithuania's Karolis Girulis with a 593-38x, just ahead of Petr Nymbursky of the Czech Republic on 593-36x. Croatia's Miran Maricic (591) and Nymbursky's compatriot Jiri Privratsky (590-39x) were next, just ahead of Bulgarian Anton Rizov (590-38x), Slovakian Patrik Jany (590-36x). Hegg (590-34x) and Claussen (589-39x) were the last qualifiers, with five other athletes on 589 just missing out: Serhiy Kulish of Ukraine (35x), Frantisek Smetana of the Czech Republic (33x; he was an "RPO" athlete anyway), Petar Gorsa of Croatia (30x), Christoph Duerr of Switzerland (29x), and Ole Martin Halvorsen of Norway (28x). In the ranking round, with decimal scoring, the quota spots would be decided, as the top two would go to a gold medal match. Two series would be fired in each position, then the bottom two would be eliminated; a third series would be fired in the standing position, and two more would be eliminated, and then one final standing series to determine the final two of the four. Jany was down after the kneeling phase but recovered in the prone and standing section, pulling him away from Girulis (303.8) and Rizov (302.9). In the next stage, Claussen (353.7) had a poor final series to join Maricic (353.4) in being eliminated. With one more series to go, an impressive 50.9 from Hegg made him qualify in first with 408.0, and though Nymbursky faltered somewhat he still had enough to qualify second in 407.7. A good final series wasn't enough for Privratsky (407.0) to close the gap, missing out alongside Jany (404.5). Gold medal matches are held with each athlete shooting, earning two points for a higher score, with the first to sixteen winning; a tie earns one point each, but with this somewhat rare, it is practically a best-of-15 shoot-off. With the score at 12-12, Hegg shot a 10.5 while Nymbursky could only manage a 9.6, putting the Norwegian in pole position. However, in the next shot, Nymbursky hit a 10.6 while Hegg earned a 9.7, leading to one final shoot-off. The pressure got to Hegg, who hit an 8.9, and Nymbursky's 10.8 earned a gold medal for the Czech Republic. It's another quota in shooting for them, while Hegg earns Norway's first in Paris. Moving over to the Rapid Fire Pistol, and 39 athletes, four of whom were RPOs. With the top eight going through, and with a total of 600 shots, Ukraine's Pavlo Korostylov was top in qualifying with 587 hits. Germany's Oliver Geis was next with 586, while France's Clement Bessaguet (20x) and Great Britain's Sam William Gowin (18x) on 585. Florian Peter of Germany (22x), Martin Strnad of the Czech Republic (16x), and Maksym Horodynets of Ukraine (14x) were next on 584, with the final spot going to Italy's Massimo Spinella on 581. Next would be the ranking matches, where there would be four series of five shots each (a total of twenty), and the top two would advance. The first ranking match was comprised of Bessaguet, Horodynets, Korostylov and Peter, and after two series there was a clear pattern, with everyone on seven hits bar Peter on five. Korostylov hit all five in the next series, while Bessaguet and Peter managed four, Horodynets, fatally, only hit three. In the final series, everyone would only hit three, meaning that Korostylov (fifteen) and Bessaguet (fourteen) advanced, while Horodynets (thirteen) and Peter (twelve) were eliminated. Geis, Gowin, Spinella, and Strnad took part in the second match, where consistency was key, Geis (eighteen) and Strnad (fourteen) advancing relatively easily, with Gowin (eleven) and Spinella (ten) in the cold. In the final, the fourth-placed shooter would be eliminated after four series, with a further two to eliminate third-placed, and another two to decide a winner. After three series, Bessaguet and Geis were ahead on eleven, with Korostylov on ten and Strnad on nine. Any chance the Czech had of recovering to medal was lost when he missed four in the fourth series and was eliminated on ten: Geis was in the danger zone on twelve after also missing four, but he hit a perfect ten in his next two series to eliminate Korostylov on 21. After seven series, it was 25-25, with one series left to go between France and Germany for gold, and it was Bessaguet who took all five hits to win 30-29 and become European champion. The quota spots then, go to France and Germany. The fact that a place has gone to hosts France mean their automatic host spot no longer applies; instead, a second spot will be earned based on the qualification ranking. Moving to the women's side, and again starting with the 50m Rifle 3 Positions, it was once more a Norwegian leading the elimination relay, with Jenny Stene setting a Qualification European Record 595 hits. In qualification, with 36 athletes including eight "RPO"s, Stene improved her own record to 596, with Sarina Hitz of Switzerland coming second with 593. Rikke Maeng Ibsen of Denmark was next with a 592, and Jeanette Hegg Deustad of Norway managed 591. The Czech Republic's Veronika Blazickova (33x) and Ukraine's Daria Tykhova (31x) both managed 590, with Germany's Jolyn Beer (589-36x) and Slovenia's Ziva Dvorsak (589-32x) just edging out Austria's Nadine Ungerank (589-26x) for the final spot. The ranking match is unforgiving, and those that are not keeping pace get eliminated, as Dvorsak (304.4) and Beer (302.8) soon found out. Hitz was clearly out and finished 6th on 356.5, but who would go into the final four? It was close between Duestad and Stene, but the Norwegian let herself down with a 49.5 to finish and she was eliminated on 358.0. Duestad was too far adrift to make the top two, finishing fourth on 409.9, and Ibsen was too far in front and finished well ahead on 413.9 even with an underwhelming final series, but after Tykhova faltered in the final series Blazickova could overturn the gap to her. She did with an impressive 50.9, pipping Tykhova 411.7-410.4. In the medal match, Ibsen raced into a lead and wasn't caught, it finished an uneventful 16-6 to the Dane. The quota spots went to Denmark and the Czech Republic. Finally, the women's 25m pistol event, which follows a similar format to the men's rapid fire pistol. 51 athletes, including four RPOs, entered qualifying, and it was Germany's Doreen Vennekamp who led the way on 592. Anna Korakaki of Greece was next on 588, while Antoaneta Kostadinova's 587-20x just pipped Camille Jedrzejewski of France's 587-19x onto 4th. Maria Varricchio of Italy (19x) and Renata Sike of Hungary (18x) both managed 583, while Joana Castelao of Portugal was safely through on 582. Poland's Klaudia Bres was through on 581-18x, pipping Ukraine's Olena Kostevych on 581-17x and Latvian Agate Rasmane on 581-16x. The first ranking match was made up of Castelao, Kostadinova, Varricchio, and Vennekamp. In the end, Vennekamp advanced simply, on seventeen, while Castelao and Varricchio tied for second with thirteen, and Kostadinova was eliminated on eleven. In the shoot-off, the Italian took it 4-2, joining Vennekamp in the final. The other ranking match had Bres, Jedrezjewski, Korakaki, and Sike. After a challenging first series it was close all the way through, but Jedrezejewski and Korakaki never recovered from hitting just one in that initial series. In the end, Bres (thirteen) and Sike (twelve) went through, with Korakaki (eleven) and Jedrezejewski (ten) eliminated. In the final, what seemed inevitable became reality. Sike hit just three from the first two series, but hit a perfect ten in her next two to get her nose in front of Varricchio, who was eliminated on twelve. While Bres and Sike were both on thirteen at this stage, the dominant Vennekamp had already worked her way into a commanding lead with eighteen. It was still a close-run thing for silver, and it went to a single shot, with Sike eliminated on seventeen and Bres surviving on eighteen. It didn't last long: after one more series, Vennekamp lead 29-21, and as victory was mathematically secured, a Golden Hit was declared and the German was European champion; Germany and Poland securing the quota spots. The short version of this article reads that on the men's side, the 50m Rifle 3 Positions spots went to the Czech Republic and Norway, while the Rapid Fire Pistol berths went to France and Germany, while on the women's side, the 50m Rifle 3 Positions places headed to Denmark and the Czechs, while the Germans and Poland earned a place in the 25m pistol event. The next chance shooters in this category will get is the 2022 World Championship (Rifle and Pistol) in Cairo, Egypt. Patrick Green Writer, Totallympics News
  11. Surfing is the latest sport to have its first qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The 2022 ISA WSG (International Surfing Association World Surfing Games) will yield a spot for both men and women at the Games. Bizarrely, this is actually the lowest priority event on the calendar, despite being the first chronologically, meaning that we will not necessarily know the country to claim the spot for certain after the event. However, it is certainly a big deal. There is normally a cap of two athletes per NOC per gender in Olympic surfing, but this can be bumped up to three by claiming the spot on offer at the 2024 and 2022 WSG. Therefore, the top surfers will be hoping for a good performance. The host city is Huntington Beach, California, United States, which is nicknamed "Surf City, USA", such is the popularity of the sport there and the consistently good conditions: the city also hosted the event in 1984 and 2006. The spot is earned by the highest ranking team. On the men's side, the Brazilians will hope to count on Olympic champion Ítalo Ferreira as well as Miguel Pupo and Samuel Pupo, while Tokyo runner-up Kanoa Igarashi heads the Japanese team. France are defending champions but have a new-look team compared to the 2021 event in La Libertad, El Salvador's own "Surf City", they'll be hoping to find consistency in preparation for a home games. Griffin Colapinto heads a strong American team, which will be hoping to impress an expectant home crowd. On the women's side, the Americans are without Olympic champion Carissa Moore, and it will be interesting to see how their young team gets on. Tokyo Bronze medalist Amuro Tsuzuki of Japan will be in action, while Sally Fitzgibbons will hope for another strong games for Australia. Portugal's team of Yolanda Sequeira, Teresa Bonvalot, and Francisca Veselko is considered a dark horse. The event starts with the Opening Ceremony on 16 September, with the competition on 17-23 September for men, and 19-23 September for women, with the final on 24 September for both genders. Patrick Green Writer, Totallympics News
  12. Hello everyone! There is a fair bit of qualification events this week - 2022 Shooting European Championship 25m/50m - 2022 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship - 2022 Equestrian Eventing World Championship - 2022 Surfing ISA World Games GB's chances are mixed, but we will be sending participants to every event
  13. Olympic spots are up for grabs again in equestrian, as the 2022 FEI World Eventing Championships take place in the small Italian hamlet of Pratoni del Vivaro. A plateau overlooking the great Alban Hills with a population of less than five hundred, it is mostly used for an observatory, but an equestrian centre was established here for the Rome Olympics in 1960. The Federal Equestrian Centre of Rocca di Papa (the municipality to which Pratoni del Vivaro belongs) was used for cross-country events, as Lawrence Morgan on Salad Days led an Australian 1-2. In a different era, equestrianism returns to Rome. Olympic eventing has a team event and an individual event, with every team qualifying all three of its members to the individual event. Olympic hosts France have already qualified, and the top seven in Pratoni del Vivaro will join them. Great Britain's five-strong team includes the Olympic gold-winning trio of Laura Collett, Tom McEwen and Oliver Townend, complete with the same horses, while runners-up Australia also keep their Tokyo team intact. Bronze medalists France only have Nicholas Touzaint on Absolut Gold returning from Tokyo. Hosts Italy will be hoping to get a quota spot, with other strong teams including Germany, who have individual Olympic champion Julia Krajewski as well as Rio 2016 champion Michael Jung; host nation Italy, as well as New Zealand, Japan and the United States. The full list of sixteen teams is: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France (ineligible for Olympic qualification), Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. The dressage competition will take place on 15 and 16 September, with Cross-Country on 17 September, and Jumping on 18 September. Patrick Green Writer, Totallympics News
  14. Gymnastics will know its first Olympic qualifiers over the next few days as the 2022 FIG Rhythmic World Championships take place in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Armeets Arena in Sofia is perhaps best known as home to the Bulgarian volleyball team, as well as the ATP Sofia Open tennis tournament, but in the coming week some of the best rhythmic gymnasts in the world will compete. Up for grabs are three places each in the Individual and Group competitions (only women compete in this discipline). It should be noted that there are at most two places in the individual competition per NOC, and hosts France are already guaranteed of one individual and one group place, although they are unlikely to cause too many headaches here. Looking at the individual lists, it's a whole new look for the Israeli team, with Olympic champion Linoy Ashram retiring from the sport earlier this year, and Nicol Zelikman, who finished 7th in Tokyo also calling quits on elite competition. However, blue and white hopes will instead be put on Daria Atamanov, whose European gold earlier this year showed she was worthy of carrying Ashram's torch. Adi Asya Katz, who came 11th in Tel Aviv, is also on the Israeli team. In fact, none of the three medallists will be in Sofia, as Dina Averina (ROC) and Alina Harnasko (Belarus) both come from countries that are banned from competing. Other Tokyo finalists will be there, with home favourite Boryana Kaleyn, who came fifth in Tokyo, considered Atamanov's greatest threat for gold: she was runner-up at the Europeans in Tel Aviv. Considering that the ten finalists in Tokyo were all European, it is hard not to consider that a warm-up for this week's event, and other athletes including bronze medallist Stiliana Nikolova (Bulgaria), Sofia Raffaeli (Italy) and Darja Varfolomeev (Germany) will be hoping for a quota place. Sixty-two countries representing all five continents will be represented in Sofia, all bar Venezuela have at least one individual: in total, eighty-two athletes will enter. In the group competition, Bulgaria won gold in Tokyo and it's of course natural to focus on them first especially considering the venue, but an all-new group will take part this time, comprising of none of the Olympic champions. Bulgaria still came fourth in Tel Aviv, where Israel won gold. There will be a fair heap of pressure of course, especially with a home crowd watching, including the champions. Israel are another big contender, coming sixth in Tokyo. Silver medallists the ROC of course are absent, but Olympic bronze medallists and European runners-up Italy will hope to medal here too. Azerbaijan came tenth in Tokyo, but a bronze in Tel Aviv means they will have to be considered. Moving away from Europe, the Asian trio of Uzbekistan, Japan, and China will be hoping to cause a splash, although a medal may be beyond their reach somewhat. Twenty-nine groups compete in total, with Africa the only continent left out: Angola, Egypt, and South Africa instead focusing on individual competition. The individual qualification begins on September 14, with the final on September 17. The group event is on September 16. Patrick Green Writer, Totallympics News
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