Canada, Cuba and Venezuela led all nations in each of the disciplines at the2016 Pan American Olympic Qualification Tournament. The winner and runner-up from each event qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Pan American Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Frisco, United States from March 4th to March 6th 2016.
In the women’s freestyle Canada was the big winner as they won gold in the -53kg, -58kg, -69kg and -75kg events. They were led by 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Erica Wiebe and 2015 Pan American Games gold medalist Dorothy Yeats. Adding to the two quotas that they won during the 2015 World Championships means Canada will be sending a full women’s team to the Olympics. Brazil also had a great tournament, led by 2015 Pan American Games gold medalist Joice Silva they qualified three athletes in the -58kg, -63kg, and -69kg events. Venezuela qualified in the women’s -53kg and -75kg while the United States won the -63kg event. In the women’s -48kg Colombia’s Carolina Castillo defeated Argentina’s Patricia Bermudez in the final as both nations qualified to the Olympics.
Led by Olympic, World and Pan American medalists Cuba led all nations in the men’s freestyle by winning five events and qualifying in the -57kg, -65kg, -74kg, -86kg and -97kg events. This marked quite the recovery for the nation after a poor showing at the 2015 World Championships. The United States added to their quotas in this event by qualifying in the -57kg and winning the -125kg event. Puerto Rico qualified two athletes with 2015 Pan American bronze medalist Franklin Gomez in the -65kg and Olympic silver medalist Jaime Espinal in the -86kg. Colombia, Venezuela and Canada all qualified one athlete in the -74kg, -97kg and -125kg respectively.
In men’s Greco-Roman it was Venezuela which finished with the most quotas, qualifying in the -59kg, -66kg, -98kg and -130kg. Cuba also expanded its team with three more qualified athletes in the -66kg, -75kg and -98kg. Currently Cuba is qualified in five out of the six events with -85kg missing. The five remaining quotas went to Brazil (-130kg), Colombia (-75kg), Ecuador (-59kg), Mexico (-85kg) and the United States (-85kg).
Overall the top nations of the continent performed the best. The nations will still have a couple of more opportunities to qualify with two final Olympic qualification tournaments scheduled after all of the continents had their qualifiers.
Quotas by Nations
- Cuba – 8
- Venezuela – 7
- Canada – 5
- Brazil – 4
- United States – 4
- Colombia – 3
- Puerto Rico – 2
- Argentina – 1
- Ecuador – 1
- Mexico – 1
- UWW. Pan-American OG Qualifying Tournament Results. Access on March 6 2016.