Great Britain won their tenth overall Davis Cup title after Scot Andy Murray won the third match of the weekend, his second singles win after the opening singles on day one and doubles on day two. In beating David Goffin of Belgium in three sets, Murray completed an impressive run for himself and Team GBR in beating the USA, France, Australia and now Belgium en route to the title.
China Leads Trampoline Worlds
At the conclusion of the Trampoline and Tumbling Worlds in Odense, China topped the medal table for a sixth straight time, with 13 totals podium appearances across the trampoline, tumbling, and double mini events. Leading the way were Gao Lei emerging as champion on the men's side, to give China its seventh straight men's win. Meanwhile, China also won the women's competition with Li Dan, who last won the the women's title in 2010, and came back to win this year's event ahead of compatriot Li Lingling. Also at stake were Olympic berths: China, Russia and Japan earned two slots on the men's side, with China, Belarus and Great Britain the same for the women.
And Also Weightlifting Worlds
At the conclusion of the World Weightlifting Championships in Houston, China added this sport to their dominant team performances of the year, finishing on top here as well, with ten overall (big) medals to Russia's nine in second place. Chinese champions included Chen Lijun (62kg) and Shi Zhiyong (69kg) for the men, and Jiang Huihua (48kg), Deng Weit (63kg), Xiang Yanmei (69kg), and Kang Yue (75kg). Also causing some attention was North Korea, whose athletes won six big medals, for fourth overall. They were led by Om Yun-Chol breaking his own world record in the men's snatch and clean & jerk of the 56kg class, and Rim Jong-Sin fighting injury to claim a dramatic silver in the women's 75kg.
After a month-long Asian Olympic qualification tournament that started with an initial 14 teams, Japan stood last to win a berth at Rio. Defeating Kazakhstan 14-7 in the second leg of the final pairing, the 'Sakura Sevens' join the Japanese men at the Olympics for the inaugural rugby sevens event. The Asian qualifier also concluded the continental portion of competition for Rio, with only a final general qualification tournament to be held next year to fill the 12th and final spot. Kazakhstan, China, and Hong Kong move on from Asia to try their luck in that event, against 13 other teams, including Russia, Ireland, Spain, and Mexico.
While Qatar Makes History
The Asian handball qualification tournament was also completed this week in Doha, with Qatar earning their ticket to their first-ever team sport event at the Olympics, after a 28-19 win over Iran in the final. And, true to recent Qatari and rich Persian Gulf tendency of late, the team was built of mainly foreign-born players - in this case, Montenegrin and Bosnian. Iran and third-place Bahrain will move onto the final Olympic Qualification Tournaments next year for a final chance.
The Finn Gold Cup ended this weekend with Giles Scott of Great Britain winning his third Finn sailing world title (2014, 2010) and the tenth win for GBR since 2002. France's Jonathan Lobert, with two wins in the last three races, finished in second over Slovenia's Vasilij Zbogar. Those three had already secured Olympic qualifications, but nations earning a slip in Rio from this event were the Netherlands, Greece, Estonia, and Uruguay.
And Ann-Marie Lindom Wins Her First Worlds in Laser Radial
Denmarks' Ann-Marie Lindom won her first title in women's Laser Radial, defeating defending champion Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands by 13 points. It also marked the seventh time in the last nine years that Scandinavia has had a medalist. Japan, Australia, Turkey and Australia earned Olympic berths from this event.
The 2015 European Curling Championships were held in Esbjerg, Denmark, with Sweden and Russia taking titles in the men's and women's competition, respectively. For Sweden, it was their fourth title under skip Niklas Edin, and came at the expense of Switzerland 7-6. Norway defeated Finland 7-4 for bronze. Russia's win was also their third overall on the women's side, after 2006 and 2012. Finishing second was Scotland, who also lost to Russia in the '12 final, and in third was Finland over Denmark.