Russia earned its second-ever title and third-ever podium at the World Mixed Doubles Championship this week, with a 7-5 victory over China in the final match. It was also China's second-ever podium placement. The United States won the bronze medal with a 9-7 win over Scotland. This was the first time Sweden did not make the medal stand since 2011 in the annual competition, as the 2015 medalists failed to repeat. Defending champions Hungary lost in the round of 16, silver-medalists Sweden failed to make it out of group play, and bronze medalist Norway finished in ninth.
Ethiopia Dominates Boston Marathon
At the 120th running of the Boston Marathon, both the men's and women's races were won by Ethiopians. Atsede Baysa won the women's race in 2:29:19 for her seventh career international marathon title, and first since Chicago in 2012. Compatriot Tirfi Tsegaye finished second, with Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya in third to lead eight Africans in the top 10. In the men's race, 21 year-old Lemi Hayle won over compatriot and defending champion Lelisa Desisa, with Yemane Tsegay completing the Ethiopian sweep in third place. As in the women's race, eight of the top 10 placements went to African runners.
While Kenya Dominates London Marathon
Six days after Boston, the London Marathon took place, with the Easy African rivalry taking a different turn. Kenyans Jemima Sumgong and Florence Kiplagat finsihed 1-3 in the women's race, bookending Ethiopian Tigist Tufa in second. And, Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and Stanley Biwott did one better, going 1-2 in the men's race, ahead of Ethiopian Kenensisa Bekele. Both wins were dramatic, as Sumgong recovered from a fall in the latter stages of her race, while Kipchoge finished just eight seconds off the world best. As in Boston, Africans took eight of the top 10 in the women's, but now nine of the top 10 in the men's.
The 2016 European Judo Championships were held in Kazan this week, with France leading the medal table, tied with Georgia, but with a 5-3 gold-medal advantage overall. In all 22 nations won at least one medal, including Kosovo's gold by their star athlete Majlinda Kelmendi in the women's -52kg class, and two medals for Israel (one each in men's and women's competition). Georgia was the men's team classification winner, with Poland taking the women's team classification - with both of those titles over Russia in second place. France - despite four individual medalists, finished third in the women's team event.
Final Olympic Gymnastics Qualifiers Held
The Olympic Test Event and Qualifiers were finished in Rio this week, with trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics qualifiers for the Games named following last weeks artistic's. In trampoline, Already having qualified for the Games, Belarus' Uladzislau Hancherou won the men's event, while New Zealand's Dylan Schmidt in third was the top Rio qualifier. Portugal, Great Britain, USA, Australia, Canada, and Kazakhstan filled out the rest of the men's qualifiers. For the women, Russian Yana Pavlova's second-place behind China's Liu Lingling earned her country a Rio spot, followed by Ukraine, Japan, Uzbekistan, Germany, Portugal, USA, and France. In rhythmic, Kazakhstan's Sabina Ashirbayeva's second-place finish led the way for a total of eight individual Games qualifiers, from Austria, Italy, Finland, Uzbekistan, Romania, China and Germany. Germany, Uzbekistan and Greece won the three available group spots for Rio.