Somewhat surprisingly, Romania stood tallest at the conclusion of the European Weightlifting Championships this week, driven to the top of the top of the overall medal table on the strength of both their men's and women's teams (4 men's medalists and 3 women's, for a total of seven 'big' medals). Armenia was second with six medals, while tying Turkey for tops in golds with three. Russia finished with five medals. Eighteen nations, including Estonia and Moldova, won at least one medal.
At the Rio Final Gymnastics Qualifier and test event starting this weekend, the last Olympic spots available across all gymnastic disciplines (men's and women's artistic, rhythmic and trampoline) are to be decided. Men's artistic was up first, and delivered inspired performances. Reaching the podium in the team event were Germany, Ukraine, and the Netherlands, followed by France in fourth to earn the four team spots. On the individual side, notable qualifiers for Rio included Chile's Tomas Gonzalez, Ireland's Kieran Behan, and Colombia's Jossimar Calvo Moreno, who finished just behind Ukraine's star Oleg Vernaiev in the all-around. Meanwhile, the shock continues for Romania's women. After finishing out of the top eight at the last worlds, and being relegated to the test event for team qualification, they finished seventh of eight here to not qualify for the Games as a team. They had won 62 total medals in women's gymnastics over the course of the Olympics, and had appeared in every Games competitions for women since 1968. Instead, Brazil, Germany, Belgium (!) and France secured the four spots. Romania will be able to send only one individual athlete to the women's competition, same as with their men. Notable individual qualifiers include Dipka Karmakar of India, Ana Gomez of Guatemala, Toni-Ann Williams of Jamaica, and - at for her seventh (!) Olympics - Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan. A single tripartite invitation for an individual is still available for both the men's and women's competitions. And, still to come is rhythmic and trampoline qualifications in the new week.