* fig-press --: The Olympic Test Events in Gymnastics, which held April 16-22 at the Rio Olympic Arena, is the second and final chance for gymnasts and nations that did not qualify at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow to punch their tickets for August's Summer Games. The final Olympic berths for Men's Artistic Gymnastics will be attributed on April 16, Women's Artistic Gymnastics April 17, Trampoline April 19, and Rhythmic Gymnastics April 21 for individuals and April 22 for Groups.
This ultimate battle for places at the Games is reserved for representatives of countries whose classification at the 2015 World Championships qualified them to participate at the Test Event. For all who want to be part of the big Olympic rendez-vous in Rio in August, this is the last opportunity.
MEN's Team GERMANY - unbeatable totay!
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), FIG Office, April 16, 2016: Germany, Ukraine, the Netherlands and France secured the last team berths to the Olympic Games in Men's Artistic Gymnastics on the first day of the Rio Test Event Saturday in the Olympic arena.
Along with the four team berths, which allow qualified nations to send five gymnasts of their choosing to the Games, more than 30 Olympic tickets were attributed to individuals. A total of 98 men will compete for Olympic hardware in Men's Artistic Gymnastics this August.
With the end of this second and final 2016 Olympic qualification, only one ticket to the Games remains to be delivered. It will go to a gymnast invited to compete by the Olympic Tripartite Commission, in the name of Olympic solidarity.
Germany sets the record straight
Shut out of direct qualification at the World Championships in Glasgow last October, the German men's team quickly showed that they hadn't come to Brazil to tan on the beach. Two-time London silver medallist Marcel Nguyen and his teammates opened the day by setting the qualification bar high, tallying 350.609 points, five points higher than at Worlds. Nobody would be able to do better. Verniaiev leads Ukraine back to the Games
As the World silver medallist on Parallel Bars, Oleg Verniaiev was already certain of returning to Rio this summer. He'll be able to share his second Olympic adventure with his teammates, including Igor Radivilov, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist on Vault. Verniaiev himself contributed 92.107 (!) of Ukraine's 350.160 point total, confirming -- though he hardly needed to -- that he is a force to be reckoned with in the All-around competition, as well as on Parallel Bars. The Netherlands makes history
London High Bar king Epke Zonderland and his teammates wrote a new page in Dutch Gymnastics history in Brazil: After a difficult beginning on Pommel Horse, the Orangemen finished with fireworks on High Bar and Floor Exercise to slide into third place. The Netherlands has never before qualified a full men's team to the Games, giving the Dutch at home something to samba about. France takes its mark
Just as they did four years ago in London, France seized their second opportunity to qualify a team to the Games, counting notably on 2013 European Rings champion Samir Aït Saïd, who performed steadily on Vault to open the French campaign and closed out the day with an equally unshakable performance on Rings. France, which has always sent a men's team to the Games, thereby keeps its tradition alive. France and Romania contested a hard-fought battle for fourth place, while Spain, Belgium and Canada, the three other nations in the running, quickly lost their footing. Romanian Marian Dragulescu, the eight-time World champion and triple Olympic medallist, was already guaranteed his Olympic ticket as he stood on the Vault podium at the Glasgow Worlds. The 35-year-old initially came out of retirement to help his team qualify for the Games. In the end, he will have only one teammate with him in Rio this summer.
Also bound for the Games Other gymnasts were able to clinch their places at the Games Saturday based on their ranking in the individual All-around. This was the case for 2008 Olympic Pommel Horse silver medallist Filip Ude of Croatia, while 2013 World medallist Daniel Corral of Mexico and Colombia's Jossimar Calvo, who earned the second highest All-around total of the day behind Verniaiev, have strong chances of making a return trip to Rio this August as well. * source: f i g press ►► Detailed Schedule
♦♦ HERE you will find the topical MEN's results from Saturday:
⇒1. SUBDIVISION (GER / CAN)
Best in all-around in subdivision 1 were Orlando Calvo MORENO (COL; 88,765) and the Brit Nile WILSON (88,365), followed by the best two Germans Andreas TOBA (88,098) und Andreas BRETSCHNEIDER (86,682).
⇒SUBDIVISION 2 (ROU / ESP / FRA)
Because only three nations are in the third subdivision so its clear, that the leading German team after two subdivisions is qualified for the Olympic Games in summer.
After SUB 2 individual gymnast John Orozco (USA; 88,640) came on third place in all-around ...
* The nations GERMANY, UKRAINE, NETHERLANDS and FRANCE are qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro!
Europe's best gymnast, Oleg VERNIAIEV are the top star of this event, scoring 92.107 (!) points and is one of the favorite for the main competition in this Olympic summer!!
* FINAL RESULTS (Monday, April 18) Four months before the Rio Olympic Games open in Brazil, Oleg Verniaiev left his calling card all over the Olympic arena during Artistic Gymnastics apparatus finals at the Rio Test Event. The principal contributor to Ukraine's success in its quest for an Olympic team berth Saturday, Verniaiev was equally omnipresent Monday, pocketing half the golds on offer in men's finals. The Ukrainian, regarded as one of the few true challengers for the Olympic title this August, began his long day by dominating on Floor Exercise (15.266 points). He later won Vault (15.333) as well as his best event, Parallel Bars (16.133).
Two Olympic champions get down to business
Between the Olympic titleholder, Brazilian Arthur Zanetti, and the World champion, Greece's Eleftherios Petrounias, the Rings final proved to be a muscular battle in which the top two presented routines with the same difficulty value. Petrounias was best in the qualification round, but Zanetti edged him for gold in the final -- by a mere 0.033.
Like Zanetti, another hero from London, the Netherlands's Epke Zonderland missed making the final at the last World Championships. And like the Brazilian, the "Flying Dutchman" returned to the top of the podium in the Olympic arena by winning High Bar.
Chinese newcomer Sun Wei, who made a sensation at his World Cup debut in March, took gold on Pommel Horse. * source: fig-press release