The World Windsurfing Championships ended in Muscat, Oman this weekend, with France and China providing the gold medal winners. First, Chen Peina became the second-ever Chinese women's titleist, winning comfortably across the competition, and ahead of Bryony Shaw of Great Britain, who secured silver in the final race. The Netherlands' Lilian de Geus won bronze. On the men's side, Pierre le Coq won the third gold for France in four years. His win was start-to-finish, yet close over Wang Aichen of China, with Dorain van Rijsselberge earned the Netherlands' second bronze in the senior events.
At the Oceania Cup, New Zealand needed to defeat Australia in the men's competition to secure an Olympic berth. Thought they started the tournament strong, they fell to favored Australia 3-2 in the final, and allowed the Australians to officially take the Oceania slot for Rio. As Australia was already qualified through the World League semifinals, the next-best placed team from that tournament earned the Olympics. And, unfortunately for world #7 New Zealand...that team is Ireland. 2016 will mark the first time since 1948 that Ireland will field a representative in any team sport. On the women's side, Australia won, in a shootout, repeating the result from two years ago. As both teams had already qualified for Rio from the World League, Japan moved up to earn the new Olympic berth as Australia moved into the Oceania slot.
A Big Surprise to Close Archery World Cup
Not only did the men's recurve final feature two Europeans, but the gold finally went to Spain's Miguel Alvarino Garcia over France's Jean-Charles Valladont. Garcia first came to attention on the world stage with a gold at the European Games earlier this year, and came into this final 2015 event strong with a win over Korean Lee Seungyun in the first round. Fellow Korean Kim Woojin wound up in third. Meanwhile, Korea's newcomer and top seed Choi Misun won her first title, over India's Deepika Kumari. For bronze, Lee Chien-Ying of Chinese Taipei secured third place. Compound discipline titles went to Turkey (men's, Demir Elmaagacli) and Colombia (women's, Sara Lopez).