PREVIEW: RIO TEST EVENT
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They are already in Rio, but as yet not slated to compete at the Olympic Games. However, for those who have made it to the Aquece Rio Test Event April 16-24 at the Barra Olympic Arena, hope springs eternal.
The Test Event, the second and final qualification round for the Games in Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics, will round out the start lists for the big event in Rio this summer. The Test Event is not open to all nations, but only those that have advanced to the event by placing well at the 2015 World Championships.
Held with just over 100 days before the Opening Ceremony of the XXXI Olympiad, the Test Event serves as the dress rehearsal for the Gymnastics competitions of the Games, and not just for the organisers: Medallists from the last World Championships won’t miss the occasion to test themselves in the Olympic arena, either.
Mariana De Oliveira (BRA)
Eight men’s and eight women’s teams won the right to participate at the Olympic Games at October’s World Championships in Glasgow. Eight others advanced to the Test Event, where four team berths up for grabs. The battle promises to be fierce, especially with the German men and Romanian women looking to regain lost ground after underwhelming performances at the 2015 Worlds.
In addition to team berths, 40 individual gymnasts qualified to the Test Event. Each will be required to perform on all apparatus if they hope to book a return ticket to Rio in August. The same goes for gymnasts who will perform as part of a team: a good individual performance provides insurance, just in case the team does not qualify.
Among the women, 35 or 36 places are still to be decided, while between 29 and 32 men’s spots are still up for grabs (in addition to one men’s and one women’s berth accorded by the Olympic Tripartite Commission.) Much depends on the outcome of the team competition at the Test Event: While a ticket to the Games is reserved for individual apparatus medallists from the 2015 Worlds, these places are only valid provided the gymnast’s team does not also advance to the Games.
Fifteen individual gymnasts and 10 Groups obtained a place for their countries at the Games during September’s Rhythmic World Championships in Germany. On the floor at the Test Event, another 23 individuals and seven Groups will contend for the final tickets to the Games. On paper, 11 individual and four Group places are yet to be won. Places will be given to assure Brazil one berth in each competition, and space will also be made to one gymnast from any continent not represented.
Natalia Gaudio (BRA)
Carlos-Ramirez Pala (BRA)
While half of the 16 spots for men and women in Olympic Trampoline were distributed at the 2015 Worlds in Denmark in November, 13 male and 13 female gymnasts will compete for the remaining competition berths. Though a total of 16 places are yet unclaimed, one place will be reserved for Brazil as host country (should a Brazilian gymnast not qualify in his or her own right), while another will go to a gymnast from Africa or Oceania, two continents as yet unrepresented among the Rio Trampoline roster.