* Women's Qualification, Nations (Teams) - Final results ...:
* Olympic Family / Qualified Nations 2016
- USA, RUS, GBR, CHN,
- ITA, JPN, CAN, NED, - BRA, GER, BEL, FRA.
►► Team results & ►► All-around results
* Apparatus results (Qualifiers)
>> V a u l t; >> Uneven bars;
>> Balance beam; >> Floor exercises.
** FIG Event R e p o r t --:
Brazil, Germany, Belgium and France grabbed the last four team tickets for the Rio Olympic Games in Women's Artistic Gymnastics Sunday at the Olympic Test Event, while Romania, the only team to have graced all Olympic podiums since the glory days of Nadia Comaneci, was shut out.
Team qualification gives nations the right to send five gymnasts to the Games this August. More than 30 individuals also qualified to return to Rio this summer, including Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, who will extend a grand Olympic adventure that dates back to Barcelona 1992, where she won gold with the Unified Team. Rio will be the 40-year-old's seventh Games, an absolute record in Gymnastics.
* An era ends for Romania!
For a team that has won a medal at every Olympics since 1976, the blow was brutal. At the Rio Games, Romania will be represented by a single gymnast, the team not having managed to do better at the Test Event than it did at the World Championships in Glasgow last October. While Romania had to compete without star Catalina Ponor at Worlds, this time they were deprived of Larisa Iordache, the World All-around bronze medallist. As in Glasgow, the Romanians blew their chances on Uneven Bars, and did not recover. In spite of making up points on Balance Beam and Floor Exercise, largely thanks to the quality exercises presented by Ponor, a five-time Olympic medallist, Romania was not able to obtain more than one individual place for the gymnast of its choice at the Games.
* Brazil rises in grace
The Brazilians booked their ticket to the Games directly from the Rio Olympic arena. From Flavia Saraiva, the young ingenue who won three medals at the last Youth Olympic Games, to Daniele Hypolito, who in 2001 became the first Brazilian gymnast to win a World medal, the six darlings of the Brazilian public performed with gusto, racking up enough points to leave the arena at the head of the pack. Brazil scraped by to earn their place in London four years ago. Not so this time: the team has risen in the gymnastics world, swept up in the magic of a home Olympic Games.
* Germany, Belgium and France round out the Olympic party
The German qualification started laboriously on Balance Beam, but the team made up for it on Uneven Bars, its strongest event. Though Pauline Schaefer had already assured her place at the Games through her bronze medal win on Beam at the 2015 Worlds, she will now be able to share the Olympic adventure with her teammates. Belgium and France, which competed late in the day, grabbed the final two team berths, depriving Australia the chance to return this summer.
The Belgians, who just missed out on qualifying to London four years ago, seized their chance here, while France stayed mostly consistent to keep its Olympic hopes intact.
An improved Switzerland, the last team to qualify for the Test Event last fall, finished sixth ahead of Romania and South Korea. Also bound for Rio Switzerland may not have qualified a team, but in dominating the All-around competition Giulia Steingruber assured her country an individual place at the Games. The European champion also posted the top scores of the day on Floor and Vault, tying on the latter with India's Dipa Karmakar, who also qualified to the Games.
Guatemala's Ana Sofia Gomez Porras and Venezuela's Jessica Lopez, both Olympic veterans, also finished high in the individual standings and were each rewarded with one of the 36 individual berths to the Games.
In total, 98 gymnasts will walk on the Olympic floor this August. All places at the Games are now distributed save for one, which is reserved for a gymnast who will be invited by the Olympic Tripartite Commission, in the name of Olympic solidarity.
►► Complete llist of qualified gymnasts and nations
* Competition continues Monday (April 18) with apparatus finals in Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics but they are not a qualifying event for the Olympic Games.
* App. Final Qualifiers
>> V a u l t; >> Uneven bars; >> Balance beam; >> Floor exercises.
* FINAL RESULTS:
A Brazilian star is born
Although she stands just 1.32 meters tall, Flavia Saraiva plays in the big leagues. With seemingly innate ability to charm the crowd and dynamic skills, the young Brazilian was a breath of fresh air in the women's competition. The incontestable darling of the public at the Rio Olympic Arena made her name known with gold on Floor and silver on Beam, giving the Brazilians one more thing to anticipate come August.
Vaulting into Indian summer
Dipa Karmarkar made national headlines in India by obtaining her ticket to this summer's Olympics Sunday, etching her name in history as the first female gymnast to qualify to represent India at a Games. But the 22-year-old didn't come all the way to Rio just to participate, as she demonstrated in clinching the gold on Vault with a jump that is descively on the risky side.
Uzbekistan's Oksana Chusovitina attempted the same vault at the 2015 World Championships, but has since abandoned it. Well on her way to her seventh Games, in taking silver the 40-year-old proved that she will not be returning to Rio in August just to sun herself on the beach.
Uneven Bars, strength of Germany; Balance Beam, force of the Netherlands
Elisabeth Seitz and Sophie Scheder took the top two places on Uneven Bars, the event that made the difference for Germany yesterday in Olympic team qualification.
The Netherlands's Wevers sisters, meanwhile, made Balance Beam final a family affair with Sanne ascending to gold after attaining World silver last year, and Lieke taking bronze.
* source: fig press release
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