At the conclusion of the European Short Track Speed Skating Championships In Sochi, familiar continental leaders continued success. On the women's side, Elise Christie led a British 1-2 in the overall standings with Charlotte Gilmartin in silver position. Christie's win was emphatic, as she won all races to capture her fifth overall medal since 2010 and her second-straight title. The Netherlands' Suzanne Schulting finished third. Meanwhile Russia's Semion Elistratov took his first all-around gold, after one silver and two bronze since 2012. Hungary's Sando Liu Shaolin and France's Vincent Jeanne rounded out the all-around podium in second and third, respectively.
Gerrans Wins His Fourth Tour Down Under Title
Australia's Simon Gerran won his fourth Tour Down Under in Adelaide this week, after the Orica-GreenEdge rider finished the sixth stage in 11th place to secure the victory. With the top 18 UCI-ranked teams entered in the calendar year's first top-ranked event, Gerran's win gives Orica its second title, and represents the 11th time in 18 years that an Australian has won (and sixth since 2009). Gerrans also won the sprint classification, while Sergio Henao of Colombia / Team Sky finished second.
At the European Water Polo Championships in Serbia, Hungary took the women's title, after defeating continental rivals the Netherlands 9-7 in the final. That victory was a revenge match for the Hungarians, after losing 14-10 to the Dutch in their opening match. This was the team's third-ever title, but the first since 2001, and after four bronzes since 2006. With the win, Hungary has now qualified for the Olympic tournament as well, while the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Greece, Russia and France all move on to the final 12-team Qualification Tournament in March, where four more teams will earn Rio tickets. On the men's side, Serbia reaffirmed its power, with a third-straight gold and seventh overall, after a 10-8 victory over Montenegro in the final. Serbia having already qualified for Rio through the 2015 World League, Montenegro moves on to the Olympics as European representatives. Meanwhile, Hungary (third-place) as well as Spain, Italy, Russia, France, Romania, Germany, Netherlands, Slovakia all get another chance through the Qualification Tournament. Fourth-place Greece and seventh-place Croatia are already in the filed for Rio through their finishes at the World Championships last year. Cheers to such competitiveness!