The Cross Country Mountain Bike Worlds concluded this week in Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic with a dominant performance by Team Switzerland across all senior and junior events. The Swiss finished with nine medals overall, highlighted by Nino Schurter's win in the men's elite division, for his fifth title. Czech Jaroslav Kurlavy finished second, with another five-time winner Julien Absalon of France in third. Denmark's Annika Langvad won the women's elite race, with Lea Davison of the U.S. and Emily Batty of Canada in second and third, respectively. Next up for the competitors: the Rio Games in less than 30 days.
FIBA held its European Championships for Small Countries for both men and women. Armenia overcame Andorra for the title on the men's side in Ciorescu, Moldova with a 79-71 win. San Marino finished third, after their 60-53 victory over Ireland, with Moldova, Malta, Wales and Gibraltar rounding out the field. Malta had better luck on the women's side, winning the title 67-59 over Ireland. Moldova finished third in this tournament, with Andorra, host Gibraltar, and Wales rounding out the six-team field.
FIBA also held its U-17 Worlds ending this week in Zaragoza, Spain, with familiar and new faces gracing the gold medal stands. The U.S. won the men's gold, with a 96-56 victory over Turkey for their fourth straight title. Lithuania won the bronze medal with an 81-63 win over Spain in the 16-team tournament. Finishing a day ahead of the men, Australia took a surprise gold on the women's side by first beating the U.S. in the semifinals, for the first loss at this level for the Americans, and then defeating Italy 62-38 for the title. The U.S. did regroup for the bronze medal by defeating China 65-50.
FIBA also held the South American Championship in Caracas this week, with host Venezuela defeating Brazil 64-58 for their second title in a row and third overall. Uruguay took the bronze medal, defeating rival Argentina 87-83 in the third place match. Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina will all meet again - at full strength - at the Olympics.