The artistic gymnastics Test Event taking place from April 16 thru 18 at the Rio Olympic Arena is essentially is a dress rehearsal, allowing organizers to get a feel for how the gymnastics competition will go during the Olympic Games in August.
While several gymnasts from already qualified countries will be competing for experience, the meet is also the last chance for many gymnasts to qualify for the Olympics.
Much attention will be focused on the teams that finished 9th-16th at last year’s World Championships in Glasgow, particularly the Romanian women who — after a barrage of ill-timed injuries and mistakes — find themselves in the uncharacteristic (and unprecedented) position of having to claw their way into the Games. These teams will be seeking to finish as one of the top 4 teams at the Test Event to secure a full team Olympic berth for their respective countries.
But there are also individual berths at stake. This Olympiad, 7 individual gymnasts from 4 Caribbean island nations will take part hoping to make their — and in some cases, their country’s — Olympic dreams a reality. Those gymnasts are:
(Manrique Larduet secured a Rio spot at the 2015 World Championships with his medal in the high bar event final.)
Andres Perez Gines
Trinidad & Tobago
(Update: The day before the competition, Thema was replaced on the start list by Marisa Dick reportedly due to a recurring ankle injury. Though there are conflicting reports.)
For more info on the Test Event, see the FIG 2016 Olympic Test Event page.
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