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TableTennisDaily
04-08-2016, 10:45 AM
European Rio Olympic Qualification Tournament, 12th April to 16th April 2016, Halmstad, Sweden

The European qualification tournament for the Rio Olympics 2016 will take place next week in Sweden, the recent home of the 2015 Men's World cup. Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Netherlands Li Jiao have already qualified having won the European Games in Baku last year. The question on everyones mind is which 10 men and women will qualify from Europe for the upcoming Rio Olympics which takes place in just over 3 months time.

Only 2 players can represent each National Olympic Committee in the men's and women's singles events. For example Germany can only enter 1 player for the qualification tournament as Ovtcharov has already qualified.

Total number of entries so far is: 157

Men's Singles Seeds

Vladimir Samsonov, the World #8 has entered the Qualification Tournament as the #1 seed.

https://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/images/vladimirsamsonov2016.jpg
Vladimir Samsonov no.1 seed - Photo by: ITTF Flickr

01) Vladimir Samsonov
02) Timo Boll
03) Marcos Freitas
04) Andrej Gacina
05) Tiago Apolonia
06) Alexander Shibaev
07) Simon Gauzy
08) Stefan Fegerl
09) Kristian Karlsson
10) Par Gerell
11) Bastian Steger
12) Panagiotis Gionis
13) Mattias Karlsson
14) Liam Pitchford
15) Li Ahmet
16) Robert Gardos


Women's Singles Seeds

https://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/images/hanying2016.jpg
Han Ying enters as the no.1 seed - Photo by: ITTF

01) Han Ying
02) Petrissa Solja
03) Xiaona Shan
04) Melek Hu
05) Li Jie
06) Li Qian
07) Elizabeta Samara
08) Jia Liu
09) Yanfei Shen
10) Georgina Pota
11) Tetyana Bilenko
12) Fu Yu
13) Polina Mikhailova
14) Sofia Polcanova
15) Li Xue
16) Li Fen

For full player entries click here (http://www.ittf.com/ittf_tournaments/ittf_entries_web.asp?Gender=M&Tour_ID=2631&) and event playing schedule here. (http://www.ittf.com//Ol_Qual/2016EU/2016ETTU_EOSQ_full_schedule_DRAFT.pdf)

Live streaming!

Table 1 (http://www.laola1.tv/en-at/livestream/ettu-olympic-qualification-tournament-table-1-len)
Table 2 (http://www.laola1.tv/en-at/livestream/ettu-olympic-qualification-tournament-table-2-len)

The European Rio Olympic Qualification Tournament will be spectacular with all the best European players looking to qualify for the fast approaching Rio Olympics. Who will qualify? Vladimir Samsonov leads the men's singles standings followed closely by Timo Boll. Will Timo find form in this tournament or will young contenders such as Simon Gauzy cause a dent in the draw? Marcos Freitas, Andrej Gacina and Tiago Apolonia follow behind Timo in places 3rd, 4th and 5th seed.

A fantastic event to follow, be sure to get involved on the TTD discussion.

We can use this thread as a means to display all the latest results, videos and news from qualifications for Rio Olympics! What are your predictions from each event.

D_Nizzle
04-08-2016, 11:36 AM
Some notable absentees (in the men’s draw) – Ruwen Filus for Germany, Adrien Mattenet for France, Monteiro for Portugal. Crazy to think that these guys don’t even get a chance to qualify. Feel especially bad for Mattenet. I know he wasn’t in the world champs French team but I thought they would give him a chance in the Olympics because of his ranking. Crazy to think only 10 Europeans qualify. Olympics is a big deal – but the world champs has got to be the better competition.

Matt Hetherington
04-09-2016, 12:31 PM
It's not that they won't get a chance to qualify, just that they won't have a chance to qualify in Europe. Monteiro if I'm not mistaken qualified at the World Final Olympic Qualification for London 2012 and also some of the players might be guaranteed the 3rd team spot if two of their teammates qualify. Mattenet wasn't even at the World Championships so I'm assuming he didn't make it through the national team trial they had.

I'm hoping Pitchford gets amongst it :)

D_Nizzle
04-09-2016, 01:27 PM
It's not that they won't get a chance to qualify, just that they won't have a chance to qualify in Europe. Monteiro if I'm not mistaken qualified at the World Final Olympic Qualification for London 2012 and also some of the players might be guaranteed the 3rd team spot if two of their teammates qualify. Mattenet wasn't even at the World Championships so I'm assuming he didn't make it through the national team trial they had.

I'm hoping Pitchford gets amongst it :)

Ahh cheers.didnt realise there was other ways!

TableTennisDaily
04-11-2016, 05:43 PM
The draw has been done for the first stage (Groups) of the Olympic qualification for Europe.

Men's Singles (http://www.ittf.com/competitions/test/_groups_matches_1.asp?Event_Type=MSP&Competition_ID=2631&rnd=)
Women's Singles (http://www.ittf.com/competitions/test/_groups_matches_1.asp?Event_Type=WSP&Competition_ID=2631&rnd=)

Matt Hetherington
04-11-2016, 11:21 PM
Ahh cheers.didnt realise there was other ways!

But now that i've seen the entry list and noticed all the younger players in there i'm wondering if perhaps he isn't planning on playing. I'll message him and see if I can find out.

TableTennisDaily
04-12-2016, 09:10 AM
Live streaming!

Table 1 (http://www.laola1.tv/en-at/livestream/ettu-olympic-qualification-tournament-table-1-len)
Table 2 (http://www.laola1.tv/en-at/livestream/ettu-olympic-qualification-tournament-table-2-len)

NextLevel
04-12-2016, 11:33 AM
I think the claim that a country can only send two players is wrong as you can see that Sweden sent 3. It all depends on the country's approach. They still need one more player for the team event.

Matt Hetherington
04-12-2016, 02:08 PM
I talked to Monteiro briefly last night. The Portugese association have guaranteed him the 3rd team spot but have decided he will not play the qualification. Obviously he's not thrilled with the decision as he would have liked to have tried to qualify for the singles.

NextLevel
04-12-2016, 02:20 PM
I talked to Monteiro briefly last night. The Portugese association have guaranteed him the 3rd team spot but have decided he will not play the qualification. Obviously he's not thrilled with the decision as he would have liked to have tried to qualify for the singles.

Given how volatile their team is when it comes to performing at big events, that really sucks.

TTLondon2012
04-12-2016, 04:22 PM
Kalinikos Kreanga vs Marco Rech Daldosso (Group Stage)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_gyHwpwjp0

Matt Hetherington
04-13-2016, 03:18 AM
Kreanga's bat sounds...juicy af lol

Xylit
04-13-2016, 10:10 AM
After seeing (or better hearing) Zoran Primorac playing I'll never complain about Ovtcharov's moaning again. Primorac sounds like close to an orgasm with every chop, serve or anything else. Moreover, cho-ing and pushing to the maximum after every point. Cannot get any more annoying than this.

He is playing like now being down 0-3, though:
http://www.laola1.tv/de-de/livestream/2016-04-13-ettu-olympic-qualification-tournament-table-1-lde

NextLevel
04-13-2016, 11:51 AM
After seeing (or better hearing) Zoran Primorac playing I'll never complain about Ovtcharov's moaning again. Primorac sounds like close to an orgasm with every chop, serve or anything else. Moreover, cho-ing and pushing to the maximum after every point. Cannot get any more annoying than this.

He is playing like now being down 0-3, though:
http://www.laola1.tv/de-de/livestream/2016-04-13-ettu-olympic-qualification-tournament-table-1-lde

IMO, Primorac is the original argument for banning grunting - Dima and Assar are just sideshows. Maybe my concentration is poor, but nothing annoys me more than someone being silent, then grunting loudly on a shot.

TTLondon2012
04-13-2016, 02:36 PM
Aleksandar Karakasevic vs Tomas Konecny


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB4PsU2wLdE

Ilia Minkin
04-13-2016, 02:46 PM
Maybe my concentration is poor, but nothing annoys me more than someone being silent, then grunting loudly on a shot.

I wrote it down in my notebook :)

NextLevel
04-13-2016, 03:03 PM
I wrote it down in my notebook :)

Maybe I forgot the part about me turning green when I am annoyed - you don't want to see me annoyed...

AndySmith
04-13-2016, 04:46 PM
Drinkhall lost to Machado today but went through and will play Gauzy tomorrow. Tough ask, especially after what happened at the WTTTC.

AndySmith
04-14-2016, 01:03 PM
Wow - Paul beat Gauzy 4-0. I didn't expect that scoreline, must have been an amazing performance.

TableTennisDaily
04-14-2016, 03:47 PM
England's Paul Drinkhall vs Russia's Alexey Liventsov.

Host nations Par Gerell is playing Daniel Gorak live here: http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/livestream/2016-04-14-ettu-olympic-qualification-tournament-table-1-len

Sali
04-14-2016, 04:27 PM
Gerrel 3 lucky points in last set, 2 by the net and 1 by the edge. That could be frustrating

TTHopeful
04-14-2016, 08:30 PM
Par Gerell won the first stage? Where is Timo?

TTLondon2012
04-14-2016, 08:54 PM
Timo Boll vs Robin Devos


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDsog5q5RJo

TTLondon2012
04-14-2016, 10:49 PM
Vladimir Samsonov vs Gionis Panagiotis


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fe44_ecyqI

Matt Hetherington
04-15-2016, 12:43 AM
Par Gerell won the first stage? Where is Timo?

The final 8 players in the draw qualified, Timo made it through as well.

Gutted for Samsonov who had a surprising loss to Gionis and also for Pitchford who had a nailbiting 4-3 loss to Apolonia!

TableTennisDaily
04-15-2016, 06:59 AM
Today's matches and results can be followed here: http://www.ittf.com/competitions/test/matches_of_today.asp?FormName=Search&FormAction=search&table_from=1&table_to=12&date_from=04%2F15%2F2016&date_to=04%2F15%2F2016&p_assc=&Competition_ID=2631

Any matches on table 1 and 2 will be live streamed on http://www.laola1.tv/de-int/channel/ettu-olympic-qualification-tournament

FloKing
04-15-2016, 08:42 AM
I have a hard time to understand the rules to qualify.
Given Vladi's world ranking, does he necessarily have to win his ticket through this tournament? :confused:

I understand Timo Boll had to otherwise Bastian Steger would have been the second German player for the Olympics single event ("No National Olympic Committee may be represented by more than two players in the Men’s Singles event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games")

Sali
04-15-2016, 11:28 AM
What is the difference in groups red and blue. Who already advanced?

TTLondon2012
04-15-2016, 09:14 PM
15,Apr 2016: Stage 2 - 1/4 Final

He Zhi Wen vs Daniel Gorak


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwfKUKEq9Nc

SquareBall
04-16-2016, 06:07 AM
The final 8 players in the draw qualified, Timo made it through as well.

Gutted for Samsonov who had a surprising loss to Gionis and also for Pitchford who had a nailbiting 4-3 loss to Apolonia!
Hahaha well done for Gionis he was really on fire, his forehand killers were like Matt Hetherington's crazy avatar :D Well deserved!

anchorschmidt
04-16-2016, 06:21 AM
Any video for the finals between Boll and Gardos?

FloKing
04-16-2016, 08:41 AM
I have a hard time to understand the rules to qualify.
Given Vladi's world ranking, does he necessarily have to win his ticket through this tournament? :confused:

I understand Timo Boll had to otherwise Bastian Steger would have been the second German player for the Olympics single event ("No National Olympic Committee may be represented by more than two players in the Men’s Singles event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games")

From ITTF website :
“I had a very tough match against Panagiotis Gionis yesterday”, said Vladimir Samsonov who will qualify for the Men’s Singles event at the Rio 2016 Olympoc Games by virtue of his world ranking.

I have the answer :o

TableTennisDaily
04-16-2016, 09:10 AM
8 playrs who have qualified so far via Europe Qualifications:

1) Panagiotis Gionis
2) Timo Boll
3) Marcos Freitas
4) Bastian Steger
5) Tiago Apolonia
6) Alexander Shibaev
7) Par Gerell
8) Bojan Tokic

Cantaloop
04-16-2016, 07:05 PM
8 playrs who have qualified so far via Europe Qualifications:

1) Panagiotis Gionis
2) Timo Boll
3) Marcos Freitas
4) Bastian Steger
5) Tiago Apolonia
6) Alexander Shibaev
7) Par Gerell
8) Bojan Tokic

And Emanuel Lebesson + Jonathan Groth qualify by winning the second stage finals. I actually made the trip down to halmstad to watch the matches of the final day, very satisfied with this choice. The final between Kou Lei and Emanuel Lebesson was an intense 7-setter, with a few amazing rallies. Meanwhile Groth really outmatched Gauzy during his first 3 sets, I was especially amazed by the cannon backhands he was consistently able to pull off far from the table. After that he kind of lost his rhythm so Gauzy was able to tie the game at 3-3, the last set was fairly one-sided in favour of Groth.

The womens finals were great as well, especially since both Li Fen and Matilda Ekholm were there and got huge support from the crowd (obviously). Matilda Ekholm vs Li Jie was so close, Li Jie winning 15-13 in the 7th. Fortunately Ekholm managed to win her next match to secure her place in the olympics. Li Fen's games were not as close, but I must say I really enjoyed the game versus Tetyana Bilenko, who IMO has a beautiful style, mixing fishing chopping and deadly counterattacks with grace.

There was a Stiga stand at the venue with great prices: rosewoods for 80€ and carbonados (the new ones as well) for 100€, unfortunately they didn't have any with penhold grip so I had to leave emptyhanded.

TTLondon2012
04-16-2016, 07:31 PM
Simon Gauzy vs Jonathan Groth (Stage 2 Blue Draw Final)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UJYOFg3bA4

TTLondon2012
04-16-2016, 09:26 PM
Kou Lei vs Emmanuel Lebesson (Stage 2 Red Draw Final)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9bUC1qXFXI

Michal_Z
04-17-2016, 08:32 AM
So how about the third stage ?