Football: Brazil wins 2014 Copa America Femenina, Colombia to Olympics

Brazil continues its dominance in South American women’s football by winning their sixth overall title at the 2014 Copa America Femenina held from September 11th to September 28th 2014. The tournament was a qualifier for three different events; the 2015 Pan American Games, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. The format was a first stage round robin with 2 groups of five teams where the top 2 from each group qualify to the 2015 Pan American Games and advance to the final stage which was also a round robin between the four teams with World Cup and Olympic berths on the line.

The four teams to reach the final stage and to the 2015 Pan American Games were Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. In the first matches Colombia tied Argentina 0-0 while Brazil easily won over Ecuador 4-0 with two goals from Cristiane. In the next set of matches Colombia was able to hold on with Yoreli Rincon’s 55th minute goal to win 2-1 over Ecuador while Brazil handily defeated Argentina 6-0 to avenge their first stage loss to them. For the final matches with Ecuador’s 3-2 comeback against Argentina the fight to qualify to the World Cup and Olympics were over. Ecuador will compete in a play-off match against a CONCACAF team for a spot while both Brazil and Colombia qualified to the World Cup directly. With Brazil as hosts to the 2016 Olympics Colombia also qualifies to the Olympics for the second straight time regardless of the final result. In the end Brazil held on to 0-0 tie in order to win the Copa America Femenina. Cristiane won the golden boot award by scoring 6 goals.

For South America this was the only opportunity to qualify for the women’s tournament in football. Colombia will be looking to perform better compared to 2012 where they lost all three of their matches and scored no goals.

Reference

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Sailing: 39 Nations Qualify After 2014 World Sailing Championships

138 out of the 274 available boats in sailing for the 2016 Summer Olympics were handed out during the 2014 World Sailing Championships held from September 8th to September 21st 2014. Roughly half of the quotas for all 10 sailing events were given out to the top ranked nations. While some nations may have sent multiple sailors to compete in the same event a nation can only qualify one boat per each event. Also Brazil is unable to qualify any boats here due to being the host nation and already qualified in all events.

France finished on top of the medal table by winning three events; the men’s RS:X, women’s RS:X and the mixed Nacra 17. Netherlands finished second by winning the men’s laser and women’s laser radial events. While Australia and Great Britain won four medals the only gold medal came from the men’s 470 and men’s finn respectively. Other gold medals went to Austria (women’s 470), New Zealand (men’s 49er) and Brazil (women’s 49er FX).

In total 39 different nations from all five continents qualified at least one boat. France, Great Britain and New Zealand were the only nations to qualify all 10 boats. Other big qualifiers include Denmark, Italy and Netherlands whom qualified 7 boats and Australia who qualified 6. Below is a list of qualified nations by event.

Quotas by Event

Men’s RS:X

  • France
  • Poland
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Netherlands
  • Israel
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • New Zealand
  • China
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Argentina
  • Lithuania
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Japan
  • Norway

Men’s Laser

  • Netherlands
  • Australia
  • Great Britain
  • Germany
  • France
  • United States
  • New Zealand
  • Cyprus
  • Sweden
  • Italy
  • Croatia
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • Guatemala
  • Tunisia
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Ireland
  • Portugal
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • Poland

Men’s Finn

  • Great Britain
  • Croatia
  • France
  • New Zealand
  • United States
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Slovenia
  • Australia
  • Hungary
  • Finland

Men’s 470

  • Australia
  • Croatia
  • Greece
  • Great Britain
  • United States
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • France
  • Russia
  • New Zealand
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden

Men’s 49er

  • New Zealand
  • Denmark
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Portugal
  • Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy

Women’s RS:X

  • France
  • Spain
  • Israel
  • China
  • Great Britain
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Netherlands
  • Finland
  • Russia
  • New Zealand
  • Estonia
  • Mexico

Women’s Laser Radial

  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • New Zealand
  • China
  • United States
  • Italy
  • Canada
  • Singapore
  • Ireland
  • Norway
  • Lithuania
  • Belarus

Women’s 470

  • Austria
  • New Zealand
  • Great Britain
  • France
  • Slovenia
  • Netherlands
  • United States
  • Japan
  • Russia
  • China

Women’s 49er FX

  • Denmark
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • France

Mixed Nacra 17

  • France
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Switzerland
  • Great Britain
  • Denmark
  • Austria
  • Netherlands

Quotas by Nation

  • Argentina – 2
  • Australia – 6
  • Austria – 4
  • Belarus – 1
  • Belgium – 2
  • Canada – 2
  • China – 4
  • Croatia – 4
  • Cyprus – 2
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Denmark – 7
  • Estonia – 1
  • Finland – 4
  • France – 10
  • Germany – 3
  • Great Britain – 10
  • Greece – 2
  • Guatemala – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • Ireland – 3
  • Israel – 2
  • Italy – 7
  • Japan – 3
  • Lithuania – 2
  • Mexico – 1
  • Netherlands – 7
  • New Zealand – 10
  • Norway – 4
  • Poland – 3
  • Portugal – 2
  • Russia – 4
  • Singapore – 2
  • Slovenia – 2
  • Spain – 5
  • Sweden – 5
  • Switzerland – 2
  • Tunisia – 1
  • United States – 5
  • US Virgin Islands – 1

Reference

ISAF. 2014 World Sailing Championships. Access on Feb 28 2015

Shooting: After 2014 World Championships China leads Quotas with 9

64 quotas across the 15 shooting events were up for grabs during the 2014 Shooting World Championships held from September 6th 2014 to September 20th 2014. The top ranked athletes qualified their nations with a maximum of 2 athletes per event. In addition athletes can only qualify one quota for their nations and thus cannot qualify another quota in a different event.

In total 27 nations qualified at least 1 quota with China leading the count with 9. Germany, Italy, Russia and South Korea were tied for second with 5 athlete quotas won. Among the 15 Olympic events three world records were either tied or broken; Jin Jong-oh of South Korea broke the record in men’s 50m pistol, Sergey Kamenskiy of Russia broke the record in men’s 50m rifle prone and Albina Shakirova of Russia tied the skeet world record, but sadly failed to qualify a spot for the Olympics after finishing in fourth in the later rounds.

Quotas by Event

Men’s 50m rifle 3 positions (5)

  • China (Zhu Qinan)
  • Ukraine (Serhiy Kulish)
  • South Korea (Han Jin-seop)
  • Norway (Are Hansen)
  • Italy (Niccolo Campriani)

Men’s 50m rifle prone (5)

  • Australia (Warren Potent)
  • Germany (Daniel Brodmeier)
  • Belarus (Yury Shcherbatsevich)
  • Russia (Sergei Kamenskiy)
  • Italy (Marco de Nicolo)

Men’s 10m air rifle (6)

  • China (Yang Haoran)
  • Russia (Nazar Louginets)
  • Belarus (Vitali Bubnovich)
  • Russia (Sergey Kruglov)
  • China (Cao Yifei)
  • France (Jeremy Monnier)

Men’s 50m pistol (4)

  • South Korea (Jin Jong-oh)
  • India (Jitu Rai)
  • China (Pang Wei)
  • Vietnam (Hoang Xuan Vinh)

Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol (2)

  • South Korea (Kim Jun-hong)
  • Germany (Oliver Geis)

Men’s 10m air pistol (6)

  • Turkey (Yusuf Dikec)
  • Russia (Vladimir Gontcharov)
  • China (Pu Qifeng)
  • Vietnam (Tran Quoc Cuong)
  • Slovakia (Juraj Tuzinsky)
  • Bulgaria (Samuil Donkov)

Men’s trap (3)

  • Slovakia (Erik Varga)
  • Great Britain (Ed Ling)
  • Italy (Giovanni Pellielo)

Men’s double trap (2)

  • United States (Joshua Richmond)
  • Italy (Antonino Barilla)

Men’s skeet (3)

  • Russia (Alexander Zemlin)
  • France (Anthony Terras)
  • Egypt (Azmy Mehlba)

Women’s 50m rifle 3 positions (5)

  • Germany (Beate Gauss)
  • Croatia (Snjezana Pejcic)
  • Norway (Malin Westerheim)
  • China (Chen Dongqi)
  • Czech Republic (Nikola Mazurova)

Women’s 10m air rifle (6)

  • Italy (Petra Zublasing)
  • China (Yi Siling)
  • Germany (Sonja Pfeilschifter)
  • China (Zhang Binbin)
  • Serbia (Andrea Arsovic)
  • Denmark (Stine Nielsen)

Women’s 25m pistol (5)

  • China (Zhang Jingjing)
  • South Korea (Kim Jang-mi)
  • Hungary (Renata Sike)
  • North Korea (Jo Yong Suk)
  • France (Stephanie Tirode)

Women’s 10m pistol (6)

  • South Korea (Jung Jee-hae)
  • Ukraine (Olena Kostevych)
  • Chinese Taipei (Wu Chia-ying)
  • Slovenia (Petra Dobravec)
  • Spain (Sonia Franquet)
  • Serbia (Jasna Sekaric)

Women’s trap (3)

  • Germany (Katrin Quoob)
  • Spain (Fatima Galvez)
  • Australia (Catherine Skinner)

Women’s skeet (3)

  • United States (Brandy Drozd)
  • Great Britain (Elena Allen)
  • Slovakia (Danka Bartekova)

Quotas by Nation

  • Australia – 2
  • Belarus – 2
  • Bulgaria – 1
  • China – 9
  • Croatia – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Denmark – 1
  • Egypt – 1
  • France – 3
  • Germany – 5
  • Great Britain – 2
  • Hungary – 1
  • India – 1
  • Italy – 5
  • North Korea – 1
  • South Korea – 5
  • Norway – 2
  • Russia – 5
  • Serbia – 2
  • Slovakia – 3
  • Slovenia – 1
  • Spain – 2
  • Chinese Taipei – 1
  • Turkey – 1
  • Ukraine – 2
  • United States – 2
  • Vietnam – 2

References

Basketball: US wins 2014 FIBA World Cup

United States continues its domination in the sport of basketball by winning the 2014 Men’s FIBA World Cup held from August 30th 2014 to September 14th 2014 for the second time in a row. Being world champions also gives the United States a berth to the Olympics.

The United States met Serbia in the final where they quickly took a 35-21 lead by the end of the first quarter. It was 67-41 by half-time and by the end of the game the United States won the game with a near record final total of 129-92. Tournament MVP Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) led all players in the final with 26 points. Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets was also named to the all-star team at the end of the tournament. Overall the United States finished the tournament undefeated and led all teams in offensive points, rebounds, assists and steals.

Qualification in the Americas region has become a lot easier for other countries with hosts Brazil and United States already claiming a spot at the Olympics. With two spots available Argentina becomes the huge favourite to take one of the spots while it is realistic to see Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela all fighting for that second spot or for the chance to compete in the final qualification tournament.

Reference

Equestrian: First Nations Qualified to 2016

The first qualification event to the 2016 Summer Olympics ended on September 7th 2014 at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Team quotas (4 athletes) were up for grabs in all three disciplines with the top 3 dressage teams, top 6 eventing teams and top 5 jumping teams all qualifying to the Olympics. This event was also a regional qualifier for nations in the F and G regions (nations from Africa, Asia and Oceania) where the top ranked dressage team from that area also qualifies.

In dressage Germany was easily able to take the gold medal where three members of their team finished in the top 5. Great Britain took silver with Charlotte Dujardin leading the way over all competitors with her horse Valegro. Netherlands took bronze and the final Olympic spot with a comfortable 4 point lead over the United States, Spain and Sweden. Australia whom finished 10th also qualifies to the Olympics as the best team from the F and G regions easily finishing ahead of the next best competitor South Africa whom finished in a distant 20th.

Germany, Great Britain and Netherlands also showed that they are great in eventing by also finishing in the top three and in the same order. Germany was in a class of its own finishing with 177.9 points while Great Britain also displayed its strength in the event finishing with 198.8 points, far ahead of Netherlands 246.8 points. France, Australia and Ireland round out the six qualified nations to the Olympics.

Update 23/04/2015: France’s team was disqualified after Maxime Livio’s horse tested positive for Hydroxyethylpromazine sulfoxide. The team quota has since been given to Canada, the next best ranked nation.

In jumping Netherlands rounded out its successful world championships by winning a gold medal. Germany was relegated down to fourth after falling behind France and losing third place to the United States by just 0.1 points. Since fifth place Brazil has already qualified to the Olympics by being the host nation sixth place Sweden rounds out the five nations going to Rio.

Overall this was a successful qualification event for Europe, notably Germany and Netherlands whom qualified in all three disciplines. On the other hand this was a terrible event for nations in the Americas. United States only qualified in jumping while Canada failed to qualify in any event, add that the Americas have one less team quota in each event in their continental qualifier (2015 Pan American Games) compared to the 2012 Olympics and we are left with one of United States or Canada not having a dressage and eventing team and qualification overall becoming rather difficult for other nations like Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Mexico.

Athlete Quotas

  • Germany – 12
  • Netherlands – 12
  • Australia – 8
  • France – 8
  • Great Britain – 8
  • Ireland – 4
  • Sweden – 4
  • United States – 4

References

Brazil: Host Nation Quotas

Traditionally qualification procedures set aside a number of quota places for the host nation and 2016 is no different. Some sports have automatically given Brazil the maximum quota, some will only give Brazil a spot in the event that they fail to qualify any athletes while others have additional criteria that Brazil must fulfill in order to be given a spot. Here is a quick look at the host quotas that are offered in each sport.

Archery: 3 quotas for each gender on the condition Brazil enter three athletes per gender at the 2015 World Archery Championships. Should Brazil enter 1 or 2 athletes in a gender at the championships they will only be given 1 quota to compete in the individual event.

Athletics: While there are no specific host quotas in athletics like all nations without a qualified male and/or female athlete they will be allowed to send one athlete in any event with the exception of the combined events, 10000m and 3000m steeplechase. Should an athlete be chosen to compete in a field or road events they may also be scrutinized based on their technical ability.

Badminton: 1 quota in the men’s and women’s singles event will be offered in the event that they do not qualify normally in the singles events. Any qualification to the doubles events will not eliminate the host quota places. The highest ranked singles player will be given the quota.

Basketball: Both a men’s and women’s team will qualify upon FIBA’s approval. Given their world ranking in both genders approval is highly likely.

Boxing: After the World Boxing Championships, but before the continental championships Brazil can choose 5 men and 1 woman with a max of 1 athlete per weight class. In addition Brazil cannot use the men’s quotas to enter in the heavy or super heavy division. Should Brazil qualify those athletes in the continental championships or the men’s AOB world qualifying event the quota will be reallocated to the 2016 American Continental Championships.

Canoeing: In slalom Brazil will be given a boat to compete should they not qualify. For sprint events should Brazil fail to qualify in a certain boat class (men’s kayak, men’s canoe, women’s kayak) they will be given a spot to compete in the Men’s K1 1000m, Men’s C1 1000m and Women’s K1 500m events respectively.

Cycling: While no host quotas are given for track events in the event Brazil fails to qualify in any of the other three disciplines they are given 1 quota each to compete in the men’s and women’s BMX race, 1 each to compete in the men’s and women’s mountain biking race and 2 quotas each to compete in the men’s and women’s road race.

Diving: Brazil is automatically given quotas to compete in the four synchronized diving events for a total of 8 athletes (4 men, 4 women). To compete in the individual events they must qualify normally.

Equestrian: A team of four athletes in dressage, eventing and jumping will be given provided all athletes reached the minimum standards. Should not enough athletes reach the minimum standard to form a team Brazil will be given 1 or 2 quotas in that discipline provided that they have reached the minimum standards.

Fencing: In addition to the athletes that qualified through the normal qualification procedure Brazil can use up to 8 additional quotas to add athletes into any event, respecting the maximum quota for each event.

Field Hockey: Due to the low level of play in this sport Brazil must demonstrate an improvement in field hockey before given a spot to compete. To qualify a men’s team Brazil must either rank in the top 30 in the world rankings by the end of 2014 or finish in at least 6th place at the 2015 Pan American Games. To qualify a women’s team Brazil must either rank in the top 40 in the world rankings by the end of 2014 or finish in at least 7th place at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Football: Brazil has qualified both a men’s and women’s team.

Golf: Should they not qualify normally through the world rankings the highest ranked man and/or woman will be given a quota to compete.

Gymnastics: 1 man and 1 woman quota will be given in artistic gymnastics should Brazil fail to normally qualify. In rhythmic gymnastics Brazil will be given an individual and team quota should they not qualify. In trampoline if Brazil does not qualify in the men’s and women’s event they will be given 1 quota to compete in one of the events.

Handball: Brazil has qualified both a men’s and women’s team.

Judo: Brazil is automatically given the maximum quota of 7 men and 7 women to compete in all weight classes.

Modern Pentathlon: 1 quota each is given in the men’s and women’s race in the event Brazil does not qualify anyone.

Rowing: If Brazil does not qualify any boats for one or both genders they will be given a boat to compete in the single sculls events.

Rugby Sevens: Both a men’s and women’s team will qualify upon World Rugby’s approval. Since the creation of the qualification procedure Brazil has gained approval and will compete in rugby sevens.

Sailing: Brazil is automatically given the maximum quota to compete in all 10 boats.

Shooting: Brazil is initially given quotas to compete in 5 men’s (50m rifle prone, 25m rapid fire pistol, 10m air pistol, trap and skeet) and 4 women’s (10m air rifle, 10m air pistol, trap and skeet) events. In the event that they qualify to one of those events the host quota for that event will be removed.

Swimming: In the 10km open water event Brazil is given 1 quota each in the men’s and women’s event should they not normally qualify. For the pool events there are no specific host quotas, but should Brazil fail to qualify a man and/or woman swimmer they will be allowed to send one athlete to compete in any event provided that they competed in the 2015 World Aquatics Championships.

Synchronized Swimming: A duet and a team are automatically given to Brazil to compete.

Table Tennis: 1 quota each in men’s and women’s singles is given should Brazil not normally qualify. Also a men’s and women’s team will also be given should Brazil not normally qualify.

Taekwondo: After the release of the world rankings should Brazil not qualify at least 2 men and 2 women they will be given enough quotas so that they have 2 men and 2 women, with a maximum of 1 per event.

Tennis: No host quotas are specifically provided however in the distribution of the ITF Places Brazil has been prioritized. If they did not qualify in a singles event the highest ranked singles player will qualify. If they did not qualify in a doubles event a spot will be given should the combined rankings of the two players not exceed 500.

Triathlon: 1 quota each in the men’s and women’s race will be given should Brazil not normally qualify.

Volleyball: For indoor volleyball Brazil is given a men’s and women’s team to compete. For beach volleyball Brazil is given 1 man’s and 1 woman’s team to compete and they can attempt to qualify a second team through the normal procedures.

Water Polo: Brazil has qualified both a men’s and women’s team.

Weightlifting: If Brazil does not qualify any athletes from the combined team rankings from the 2014 and 2015 World Weightlifting Championships they will be given a quota of 3 men and 2 women.

Wrestling: Initially Brazil is given 4 quotas to use in any event with a maximum of 1 athlete per event. For each athlete qualified through the normal procedure the host quota will be reduced by one.

References:

  • The various qualification procedures. To view them please look at the qualification procedure section of this site.
  • World Rugby. Olympic Qualification and Eligibility. Access on Feb. 28 2015.

Welcome

Welcome to my blog. Here I will discuss the various qualification pathways to each sport for the 2016 Summer Olympics along with the nations which qualify. First up is a little catch up due to qualification events already taking place in 2014.