Olympic Virtual Series: What a Grand Finale it was

People from all around the globe joined us for a day of virtual sports as the inaugural Olympic Virtual Series reached its exciting final day! 
By Sanjeev Palar
Softball

The Olympic Virtual Series Grand Finale showcased the final events from all five virtual sports in a 10.5-hour broadcast, with everything from the incredibly thrilling Motor sports and Baseball finals to the in-depth analysis of the mastermind tactics of the Sailing finals.

Did you miss it, or do you simply want to re-watch? Have a look and enjoy the winners’ reactions, replays of the events, and much more.

OLYMPIC VIRTUAL SERIES - FINAL EVENTS & WINNERS

BASEBALL EVENT FINALS

Players from Japan, South Korea and Chinese Taipei have battled it out for a chance to be part of the Powerful Pro Tournament and Home Run Derby finals. The finalists earned their spot and fought for glory at Konami Headquarters in Japan, with two winners crowned.

● Tournament Finals (PlayStation 4)

○ Winner: Syoma “SHORA” Mori

1st Runner-up: Yoshinori “TAKU” Kato

2nd Runner-up: Yosuke “MesiHARA” Fujomoto

Home Run Derby (Nintendo Switch)

Winner: Ryohei “Pome” Osaka

1st Runner-up: Yusuke “CHAPIO” Tominaga

2nd Runner-up: Yaiki “Taijyu” Horiike

CYCLING EVENT

24-Hour Group Ride

People from all over the globe joined in for the Olympic Virtual Series Cycling Event. The main event on the final day was the Group Ride, a 24-hour ride led by high-profile cyclists. The star-studded roster for this event included Sir Chris Hoy, Anna Meares, Fabian Cancellara, and many more

ROWING EVENT FINALE

Row for a Cause — 23 June

The Olympic Virtual Series 'Row for a Cause' event was all about getting us from Rio to Tokyo while raising money for three Olympic Refuge Foundation programmes. Through sport these programmes support young people affected by displacement, and every kilometer rowed helped a good cause.

SAILING FINAL EVENT – INSHORE AND OFFSHORE

INSHORE FINAL

Played in Virtual Regatta, the Inshore Series featured three action-fueled events which each crowned a winner. The three events were split into three boat types; the 49’er, Laser and Nacra 17, and took place on the shores of Kiel, Rio de Janeiro and Marseille. The inshore races were incredibly close with only a few points separating the winners from the runners up.

FINALS — INSHORE SERIES

Nacra 17: 23 June

■ Winner: Arhur Farley (GBR)

■ 1st Runner-up: Bart Lambriex (NED)

■ 2nd Runner-Up: Joan Cardona (ESP)

Laser: 25 May

Winner: Kaan Mazlumca (TUR)

1st Runner-up: Arthur Farley (GBR)

2nd Runner-up: Baptiste Beauvois (FRA)

49er: 6 June

Winner: Lukas Mohr (DEN)

1st Runner-up: Arthur Farley (GBR)

2nd Runner-up: Tangi Le Golf (FRA)

RIO TO TOKYO RACE — OFFSHORE

The main Offshore Sailing Event, the “Rio to Tokyo Race” pushed the participants to perfect their tactics, strategy and judgment. During the 21 days of the race, all eSailers had the opportunity to choose amongst four routes in the battle to cross the finish line first. This incredibly close race finished with only 21 seconds separating the winner and the 1st runner up across 18,555 kilometers.

○     Winner: Erik “Toppen” Danielsson (SWE)

○     1st Runner-up: Christopher “Your Mom” Powers (USA)

○     2nd Runner-up: “Mizaza@BST” (BRA)

MOTOR SPORT EVENT FINAL

The Olympic Virtual Series Motor Sport Event was played out on Gran TurismoTM Sport’s incredibly challenging tracks specially designed for the Olympic Virtual Series. Players from all over the world raced to set the fastest lap in a time trial to win a chance to represent their country in the World Finals. The final was intense and close to the very end, with Valerio Gallo pulling ahead of Mikail Hizal in the very last race.

·      Winner: Valerio Gallo, Italy

·      1st Runner-up: Mikail Hizal, Germany

·      2nd Runner-up: Baptiste Beauvois, France