Australia won the World Hockey League title, after a two-year tournament that featured 56 teams at the start in 2014. In the final match, the Kookaburas defeated a surprising Belgium 2-1 in Raipur, India. After finishing fourth in the 2012/13 League, Australia now adds this championship to the 2014 World Cup and 2014 Commonwealth titles, and cements their current status as world #1 and favorites for the Olympic title next year. Meanwhile, host and #6 India finished a strong third over #2 Netherlands, while #7 Belgium showed strong promise with their final appearance. Jamie Dwyer added the Best Player of the Tournament trophy to Australia's collection as well.
Egypt Dominates African Shooting
The 2015 African Shooting Championships concluded in Cairo, with host Egypt taking all but six of the gold medals on offer during the competition. Dominating both the men's and women's events, the Egyptians collected 26 medals out of 54, and secured 11 continental spots in the Olympics next year across 15 events. Algeria, Tunisia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Namibia also took at least one gold at the Championships.
At the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Netanya, Israel this week, Hungary's Katinka Hosszu absolutely stole the show - winning seven medals overall, including six golds. That success also included one world record (100m IM) and three other championship records (100m & 200m back, 200m IM). Despite Hosszu's and Laszlo Czeh's efforts (he won three golds), Hungary couldn't finish on top the medal table with their 15 overall. That honor went to Italy and Russia, tied with 17 each. (Italy won seven gold) In all, 23 nations, from Poland and Great Britain to Ireland and Iceland, won at least one medal across the 40 events.