Archery: Malaysia and North Korea Lead the Way at Asian Continetal Qualifcation Tournament

Five nations were able to qualify athletes to the Olympics from the Asian Continental Qualification Tournament held in conjunction with the 2015 Asian Archery Championship. After the continental championship eligible nations were placed into a separate bracket based on their results from the qualification round. The top three athletes from each gender with a maximum of one athlete per nation per event will be given quotas to compete. The Asian Archery Championship was held in Bangkok, Thailand from November 3rd to November 8th 2015.

In the men’s event it was top seeds Mohamed Anuar Mohamed from Malaysia and Jantsan Gantugs of Mongolia which reached the finals and grabbed the first two quotas. Gantugs had a scare in the quarterfinals where a shoot-off was required against Oibek Saidiyev of Kazakhstan. The final was low key as Mohamed swept Gantugs 6-0 to win the qualification tournament. Sultan Duzelbayev of Kazkahstan was given the final quota by virtue of his semi-final appearance since Malaysia had two athletes qualifying to the semis with Haziq Kamaruddin also reaching the semifinals. Duzelbayev was able to win the bronze medal by defeating Kamaruddin in a close 6-4 affair.

In the women’s event it was top seed Kang Un Jun of North Korea which went through the bracket relatively unscathed. She was able to reach the final against sixth seed 2012 Paralympic gold medalist Zahra Nemati of Iran. Kang defeated Nemati in the final 6-2 as both athletes qualified their nation to the Olympics. The fight for the final Olympic spot was between fourth seed Luiza Saidiyeva of Kazakhstan and surprise package Loc Thi Dao of Vietnam whom qualified as a 23rd seed. The Cinderella run would end for Loc without an Olympic quota as Saidiyeva defeated her 7-1 to grab the final spot.

Athletes from Asia will get a final opportunity to qualify both individual athletes and a team at the final Olympic qualification tournament to be held in 2016, after all of the continental championships are over.

Quotas by Nation

  • Kazakhstan – 2
  • Iran – 1
  • Malaysia – 1
  • Mongolia – 1
  • North Korea – 1

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