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Medal chart - Wörgl 2015

Pos. Nation Médaille d'or Médaille d'argent Médaille de bronze Total
1 ITA 33 24 18 75
2 FRA 16 16 19 55
3 BEL 8 8 7 23
4 AUT 5 0 0 5
5 GER 4 9 6 19
6 DEN 3 1 1 5
7 ESP 1 6 4 11
8 NED 0 6 13 19
9 HUN 0 0 1 1
9 POR 0 0 1 1
9 SUI 0 0 1 1

Medal chart - Heerde 2016

Pos. Nation   Médaille d'or   Médaille d'argent   Médaille de bronze   Total
1 ITA baisse 29 baisse 20 hausse 22 baisse 71
2 NED hausse 13 hausse 14 hausse 11 hausse 38
3 GER hausse 10 égal 9 baisse 5 hausse 24
4 FRA baisse 9 baisse 15 hausse 20 baisse 44
5 BEL baisse 6 hausse 9 baisse 4 baisse 19
6 ESP hausse 3 baisse 2 hausse 6 égal 11
7 AUT baisse 0 hausse 1 égal 0 baisse 1
8 HUN égal 0 égal 0 hausse 2 hausse 2
9 POR égal 0 égal 0 égal 1 égal 1
9 SUI égal 0 égal 0 égal 1 égal 1

A quick look at both charts of years 2015 and 2016 shows a couple observations on the key-nations of speed skating in Europe.

1st: Italy confirms its continental domination

Arrivée disputée sur routeIn 2015, Italy had gathered 75 medals, including 22 gold. In 2016, the Squadra Azzurra won 71 medals, including 29 gold. Italy is still the 'Little Colombia' of Europe, even if their domination is less striking than that of the South Americans. Each year, the Italians make their presence felt at the European Championships, especially in the junior categories.

On the track, parity is balanced: women wio 7 titles against 8 for men. On the other hand, on road races, women got 8 titles and men 'only' 4.

2nd: The Netherlands shine at home

After a good competition start on track, the Dutch skaters boosted their performances on road and won 8 more titles, after the 5 they had already got on track. Their total number of medals went from 18 to 38 thanks to the road races!

The Netherhlands finish second at the 2016 medal ranking. So long their 8th place of 2015 where they didn't even get a single title! Proof once again: nations skating at home always make better results than abroad!

3rd: Germany re-enters the fray

With 24 medals including 10 titles in 2016, Germany is back in the Top-3 of European nations. And women are the only ones providing medals to the German communal fund: they finish 2nd at the general ranking with 7 medals, including 4 titles, against 1 for men.

In total, road and track, women got 8 out of the 10 medals won by Germany.

4th: France drops in the European general ranking

Despite a good crop of 44 medals, including 9 titles, France's performances are below those of the 2015 edition, where the Bleus had particularly stood out (55 medals, including 16 titles). On track, France didn't bring a single title back in the women's category, and got 5 titles in the men's. On road, women got one title, and men 3.

5th: Belgium steps back

Bart Swing being less incisive than during the previous editions, Belgium got 6 titles in 2016, against 8 in 2015... And women got half of them! One may suppose that Bart has calculated to be in peak form for the Worlds in Nankin, China, in September.

Medals on track

Médailles sur piste Femmes

Rnk. Nation Médaille d'or Médaille d'argent Médaille de bronze Total
1 ITA 7 7 8 22
2 BEL 4 4 - 8
3 GER 4 2 2 8
4 NED 1 2 - 3
5 FRA - 1 6 7
6 ESP - 1 1 2

Médailles sur piste Hommes

Rnk. Nation Médaille d'or Médaille d'argent Médaille de bronze Total
1 ITA 8 4 7 19
2 FRA 5 5 2 12
3 NED 1 4 4 9
4 GER 1 1 - 2
5 BEL - 1 - 1
6 ESP - - 2 2

Total medals on track

Rnk. Nation Médaille d'or Médaille d'argent Médaille de bronze Total
1 ITA 15 11 15 41
2 FRA 5 6 8 19
3 GER 5 3 2 10
4 BEL 4 5 - 9
5 NED 2 6 4 12
6 ESP - 1 3 4

Medals on road

Women

Rnk. Nation Médaille d'or Médaille d'argent Médaille de bronze Total
1 ITA 8 3 5 16
2 GER 4 2 1 7
3 NED 3 6 1 10
4 BEL 1 3 2 6
5 FRA 1 2 5 8
6 AUT - 1 - 1
7 HUN - - 2 2
8 ESP - - 1 1

Men

Rnk. Nation Médaille d'or Médaille d'argent Médaille de bronze Total
1 NED 5 1 4 10
2 ITA 4 7 4 15
3 FRA 3 4 5 12
4 ESP 3 1 2 6
5 GER 1 2 1 4
6 BEL 1 2 - 3
7 SUI - - 1 1

Total medals on road

Rnk. Nation Médaille d'or Médaille d'argent Médaille de bronze Total
1 ITA 12 10 9 31
2 NED 8 7 5 20
3 GER 5 4 2 11
4 FRA 4 6 10 20
5 ESP 3 1 3 7
6 BEL 2 5 2 9
7 AUT - 1 - 1
8 HUN - - 2 2
9 SUI - - 1 1

Links

Our page of the 2016 European Inline Speed Skating Championships

Photo gallery on mediaskates.com

2016 European Inline Speed Skating Championships in Wörgl (Austria)