Athletes from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, China and USA are first to qualify for Rio 2016

Four sitting volleyball teams book spots at Paralympic Games via world championships in Poland

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Reigning Paralympic and world champions China beat Russia over five sets in Poland to book their places at Rio 2016  (Photo: World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball World Championships)
Reigning Paralympic and world champions China beat Russia over five sets in Poland to book their places at Rio 2016 (Photo: World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball World Championships)
The first athletes have booked their places at the Rio 2016 Games! Three sittting volleyball teams – the Bosnia and Herzegovina men's side and the China and USA women's teams – confirmed their qualification on Friday (20 June) by winning their semi-final matches at the world championships in Elblag, Poland.
Iran's men claimed the fourth Rio 2016 spot up for grabs in Poland by wining the bronze medal match against Egypt on Saturday (June 21). Brazil had defeated Iran in their semi-final on Friday, but as the host nation are already guaranteed a place at the Rio Games, it went down to the battle for third place at the world championships.
It was the first qualifying event for the first Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in South America. Throughout 2014, athletes from at least 10 Olympic sports and 12 Paralympic sports will earn qualification spots for the greatest sporting event on the planet.
In the men's semi-finals, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the gold medal winners at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, overcame Egypt in straight sets (25-11, 25-23, 25-23), before Brazil produced a shock by beating defending world champions Iran 3-2 (25-19, 25-20, 18-25, 15-25, 15-12).
In the women's tournament, reigning Paralympic and world champions China were forced to work hard to beat Russia in five sets (25-12, 25-16, 16-25, 20-25, 15-11) in their semi-final. USA, the London silver medallists, assured their qualification by overcoming the Netherlands 3-0 (26-24, 25-15, 25-13). 
“The competition in Rio will be really top,” said USA's Nichole Millage after the match. “All teams play from their heart and show their best and it will be really good competition. I'm excited.” 
In Saturday's finals, Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Brazil (25-22, 20-25, 25-7, 28-26) to become men's world champions, while China held on to the women's world title by defeating USA in a fifth-set tie-break (23-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 17-15). 
Goalball will be the next sport in which teams confirm their qualification for the Rio 2016 Games. The top three men's and women's teams at the world championships, that will take place between 26 June and 6 July, in Espoo, Finalnd, will be on their way to Rio for the Paralympic Games.
See the table below for details of all the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic qualification spots that will be won in 2014:
TriathlonWorld ranking pointsstarts 15 May88
Mountain BikeWorld ranking pointsstarts 25 May66
JudoWorld ranking pointsstarts 30 May352
BMX cyclingWorld ranking pointsstarts 31 May43
WeightliftingWorld ranking pointsstarts 19 June175 teams/15 individ
GolfWorld ranking pointsstarts 14 July118
Road cyclingWorld ranking pointsstarts 15 July189
FootballWomen's Copa AmericaAugTBC
Equestrian dressageWorld Equestrian Games24-29 Aug3 teams
Equestrian eventingWorld Equestrian Games27-31 Aug6 teams
Esquestrian jumpingWorld Equestrian Games31 Aug-7 Sept5 teams
BasketballMen's world cup30 Aug-14 Sept1 team
ShootingWorld championship6-20 Sept64
SailingWorld championship8-21 Sept138
HockeyAsian Games18 Sept-4 Oct2 teams
BasketballWomen's world cup27 Sept-5 Oct1 team
Rugby sevensWorld Sevens Seriesstarts 1 Oct8 teams
ShootingAmericas qualification tournament11-20 Oct11
BoxingWorld ranking pointsstarts Nov17
HandballEuropean qualification tournament7-21 Dec1 team
BocciaWorld ranking pointsstarts 1 Jan68
ShootingQualifying standardstarts 1 JanTBC
EquestrianQualifying standardstarts 1 JanTBC
Wheelchair tennisWorld ranking pointsstarts 1 Jan56
Para-cyclingWorld ranking pointsstarts 1 Jan70
PowerliftingQualifying standard12 April140
GoalballWorld championship26 June-6 July6 teams
ShootingWorld championship17-26 July63
7-a-side footballEuropean championship20 July-4 Aug1 or 2 teams
Wheelchair rugbyWorld championship1-10 Aug1 team
SailingWorld championship16-25 Aug39
EquestrianWorld Equestrian Games24-29 Aug12
Wheelchair fencingWorld ranking pointsstarts 1 Sept40
JudoWorld championship1-7 Sept13
Table tennisWorld ranking pointsstarts 1 Oct140
SwimmingQualifying standardstarts 15 Oct360
AthleticsQualifying standardstarts 15 Oct167
7-a-side footballAsian Para Games18-24 Oct1 or 2 teams
Sitting volleyballAsian Para Games18-24 Oct2 teams
Wheelchair tennisAsian Para Games18-24 Oct2
EquestrianWorld ranking pointsstarts 1 Nov54
5-a-side footballWorld ranking points13-25 Nov1 team
Para-cyclingWorld ranking pointsends 31 Dec70


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