The final of the expanded, special Copa America Centenario tournament in the U.S. finished this weekend, with a familiar feel. As in 2015, Chile met Argentina in the final, and won in an upset in penalty kicks. Superstar Lionel Messi couldn't convert his shot in penalties, as compatriot Lucas Biglia couldn't and Chile finished with a 4-2 advantage for the victory. Chile became the nation to win at least two consecutive titles, and Argentina lost their third straight major final in a row (after 2014 World Cup, 2015 Copa). Colombia won third place over the U.S., 1-0.
Spain Makes It Twice in Olympic Rugby
A week after the Spanish men took the last available spot in the men's Olympic rugby sevens tournament, their female counterparts took the last spot in their tournament. Finishing on top of a sixteen-team field by going unbeaten in group play and then through China and Kazakhstan, Spain then defeated Russia 19-12 for their Rio ticket. Hosts Ireland finished third.
But Host Russia One-Upped in Canoe Sprint
Host Russia couldn't take the overall medal lead at the European Canoe Sprint Championships this week in Moscow, finishing with 12 to Hungary's 14. Multiple golds for individuals went to Portugal's Fernando Pimenta in the men's K-1 1000 and K-1 5000, and Hungary's Danuta Kozak in the women's 500 for K-1, K-2, and K-4 (compatriot Gabriella Szabo teamed with her in the K-2 and K-4).
The week-long, six-team Champions Trophy for women's hockey finished this weekend, with Argentina securing their record seventh title ever in the event after a 2-1 win over the Netherlands. The win sets them up for Rio well to step up from the silver medal position at London 2012, with the victory coming at the expense of the reigning world and Olympic champions and after already winning the 2015-15 Hockey World League. Rounding out the field were the United States in third place, followed by Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand.
Russia and France Dominate European Fencing
The annual European Fencing Championships took place in Torun, Poland this week, with Russia and France leading the overall medal table, with 10 and nine medals respectively. Russia, though, landed six golds to France's two, including all four team titles in foil and sabre for men and women. A total of eleven nations won at least one medal, including Estonia with one (gold, women's team epee), and Italy with six overall (including all three men's team silvers).