At this year's World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Seoul, both the men's and women's champions were repeats from last year, after two impressive performances from the winners. On the men's side, Russia's Pavel Kulizhnikov won both day two races after already leading from day one, to take the title ahead of Dutchmen Kjeld Nuis and Kai Verbij. For the women, the U.S.' Brittany Bowe had to come back from a day one second-place to overtake compatriot Heather Richardson-Bergsma, who slid to second. The Netherlands' Jorien Ter Mors finished third.
World Marathon Series End
The 2015-16 World Marathon Majors series came to a conclusion with the Tokyo Marathon this weekend, as winners emerged not just in Tokyo but for the WMM season as well. For the men, Ethiopia's Felisa Lilesa won after pulling ahead of Dickson Chumba in the final mile. Chumba's eventual third-place finish behind fellow Kenyan Bernard Kipyego meant he failed to secure the overall WMM title, which went to Eliud Kipchoge. For the women, Kenya had better fortunes with Helah Kiprop setting a course record to take the win ahead of Ethiopia'a Amane Gobena, with Kenya also securing third with Edna Kiplagat. Kiprop's win meant a three-way tie at the top of the women's standings with Kenyan Mary Keitany and Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba. (After a tie-breaking decision, Keitany was declared WMMM winner.)
Germany and Russia Top European Biathlon Champs
While Germany topped the medal table at the Open European Biathlon Championships in Tyumen, the home team Russians took home the most gold, with four of the eight available titles. Germany was powered by Florian Graf's two medals on the men's side (bronze in 12.5km pursuit and gold in 15km mass start) and by the medal sweep in the women's 7.5km sprint, led by Nadine Horchler. Meanwhile, Russia won both mixed relay events as well as having Evgeny Garanichev doing one better than Graf with three medals himself, a silver and two gold (12.5km pursuit, 10km sprint & mixed relay respectively.)
Drama in Rio as the FINA Diving World Cup was held as a Rio test event, and as an Olympic qualifier for a number of athletes across all events. As expected, China dominated the competition, winning 10 medals overall, including six of the eight available golds, and all the women's titles. Non-Chinese gold went to Mexico's Rommel Pacheco in the men's 3m springboard, and to Germany's Patrick Hausding and Stephan Feck in the men's synchronized springboard event. Hausding also won silver in the synchronized platform event, with Sascha Klein, while Pacheco won bronze in the synchronized springboard with partner Jahir Ocampo. Notable Olympic qualifiers included English-born Yona Knight Wisdom, who finished second in men's springboard and will become Jamaica's first-ever Olympic diving representative.
The European Shooting Championships were held this week in Gyor, Hungary, with Eastern Europe dominating the competition. Russia goes home with four separate individual gold-medalists, including Sergey Kamenskiy in the air rifle event on the final day to lead a trio of three individual titleists on the men's side. Meanwhile, Ukraine won two individual golds in women's events, with an additional three medals across the four individual events. In addition, twelve spots across air pistol and air rifle events were on the line for Rio 2016. Those spots went to athletes from Hungary, Croatia, Poland, Switzerland, Georgia, Norway, Germany, and Spain.