Weightlifting: Japan and Vietnam Top Olympic Rankings at Asian Championship

Japan and Vietnam led all nations in the team Olympic rankings at the 2016 Asian Weightlifting Championship. The team rankings are constructed by adding the points of the top 6 men or top 4 women of each nation which has yet to qualify to the Olympics. The top seven men’s teams and the top six women’s teams qualified 1 athlete each. The Asian Weightlifting Championship was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from April 22nd to April 30th 2016.

The women’s rankings was topped by Vietnam whom had four athletes finishing as the top ranked athlete from unqualified nations in their weight class thus earning the maximum of 112 points. Following Vietnam were Uzbekistan, India and Mongolia whom finished with 101, 100 and 96 points respectively. The Philippines led by Hidilyn Diaz in the -53kg event finished safely in fifth with a total of 91 points. The final spot came down to Turkmenistan and United Arab Emirates. Going into the final two events Turkmenistan’s Aysoltan Toychyyeva did enough in the -75kg to place her in the lead at 83 points. However, with two United Arab Emirates lifters in the +75kg Turkmenistan had to hope none of the expected competitors ranked above them fail to lift a weight. In the end everyone was able to lift a weight meaning United Arab Emirates narrowly missed out in finishing in the top six as they finished with 81 points.

The men’s ranking was topped by Japan whom sent a very strong team to finish with a total of 145 points. The team podium was filled with Iraq and Malaysia whom finished with a total of 142 and 137 points respectively. As each event went through it became apparent that five nations will be fighting for four spots. Disaster struck for Saudi Arabia in the -94kg event where won of their lifters failed to lift a weight. This was also their final athlete meaning at 121 points Saudi Arabia would have to sit and watch the final two events and hope a nation either underperforms or fails to lift a weight altogether. This did not happened meaning Saudi Arabia finished in eighth. The nations which did qualified were Kyrgyzstan (132 points), Syria (129 points), India (129 points) and Turkmenistan (125 points).

Note that these results are not final until all samples are tested for doping. Asian athletes will have only one more opportunity to qualify, through the world rankings. The three remaining continents will have their qualifiers over the next six weeks.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • India – 2
  • Turkmenistan – 2
  • Iraq – 1
  • Japan – 1
  • Kyrgyzstan – 1
  • Malaysia – 1
  • Mongolia – 1
  • Philippines – 1
  • Syria – 1
  • Uzbekistan – 1
  • Vietnam – 1

 

References

IWF. 2016 Asian Weightlifting Championship – Results. Access on April 30 2016.

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Table Tennis: Hong Kong Reject Quota, Goes to Thailand

Just an update. Hong Kong has rejected the men’s singles quota won by Kwan Kit Ho at the Asian table tennis Olympic qualifier. The quota would have been reallocated to Hong Kong’s Tianyi Jiang, but that was also rejected. This was likely done so that Hong Kong can qualify their top athletes through the world rankings. In the end the quota was reallocated to Thailand’s Padasak Tanviriavechakul.

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Triathlon: Japan Tops Asian Championship

Japan topped the podium at the 2016 Asian Triathlon Championship. The winner of the men’s and women’s race both qualify to the Olympics. The Asian Triathlon Championship was held in Hatsukaichi, Japan from April 29th to May 1st 2016.

The swimming portion of the women’s race was led by Mariko Adachi whom came out of the water over 10 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. She was quickly caught up during the cycling portion where the lead group was made up of 6 athletes from Japan and 2 athletes from China. As the running portion progressed the field winnowed until Ai Ueda of Japan was the only athlete remaining. She would win the race and a spot at the Olympics with a time of 2:04:04. The podium was filled with her compatriots Yurie Kato and Yuka Sato whom won the silver and bronze medal respectively.

In the men’s race South Korea’s Seo Seung Hun was the first athlete to come out of the water though was closely followed by the rest of the pack. The lead group of 18 athletes remained together during the majority of the cycling portion leaving the running leg to be the deciding factor. In the end a very strong run by Japan’s Hirokatsu Tayama gave him the title and an Olympic quota as he finished with a time of 1:55:16. China’s Bai Faquan and South Korea’s Kim Ji Hwan won the silver and bronze medal respectively.

This was the final continental qualifier. However, over 80% of the quotas will be allocated after the final update of the Olympic rankings set to be published on May 15th.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Japan – 2

 

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Gymanstics: Tripartite Quotas Released

The tripartite commission has officially declared the wild card places for gymnastics. Nations with few qualified individual athletes over the past two Olympics were eligible to receive a quota. In total four spots were available, but only three of them were assigned.

The men’s individual artistic gymnastics quota was given to Monaco’s Kevin Crovetto while the women’s individual quota was given to Panama’s Isabella Amado Medrano. The women’s individual rhythmic gymnastics quota was given to Cape Verde’s Elyane Boal. The trampoline quota for an unspecified gender was not awarded, meaning the next highest ranked nation from the gymnastics test event was given the quota, specifically Kazakhstan for the men and France for the women.

This wraps up all of the quotas for gymnastics. The only other changes would be if a nation withdraws its spot in an event.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Cape Verde – 1
  • France – 1
  • Kazakhstan – 1
  • Monaco – 1
  • Panama – 1

 

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Boxing: AIBA Confirms Continental Qualifiers

AIBA has provided an update of athletes qualified via the continental qualifiers. Overall two changes have been made. In the men’s -56kg Morocco has not accepted the quota won by Mohamed Hamout thus the quota has been reallocated to fourth place finisher Abdul Omar of Ghana. Similarly in the men’s +91kg Tunisia has not accepted the quota won by Aymen Trabelsi thus the quota has been reallocated to fourth place finisher Davilson Morais of Cape Verde.

 

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Rowing: Asian and Oceania Regatta Concludes However Reallocations Still Needed

Asian and Oceania nations had the opportunity to qualify boats at the 2016 Asian and Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta. The top seven boats in the single sculls and the top three boats in the lightweight double sculls qualify their nation to the Olympics. In addition a nation can only qualify one boat per gender. The Asian and Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta was held in Chungju, South Korea from April 22nd to April 25th 2016.

The top two in the four heats of the men’s single sculls advanced to the A/B semi-final while all other boats advanced to the repechage. The fastest boat was Indonesia’s Memo who won heat 3 with a time of 6:46.26. In the two repechages the top two advanced to the A/B semi-final. Uzbekistan’s Shakhnoz Kholmurzaev finished with the fastest time of 7:12.84 winning repechage 1. South Korea’s Kim Dong Yong won the first A/B semi-final with a time of 7:18.74 while Kazakhstan’s Vladislav Yakovlev won the second A/B semi-final with a time of 7:14.38. India, Indonesia, Iraq and Thailand also advanced to the A Final and thus became the first six boats to qualify to the Olympics. Kim would win the overall title with a time of 7:05.13. In the B final Uzbekistan’s Shakhnoz Kholmurzaev grabbed the final quota with a time of 7:13.83.

The top two in the three heats in the women’s single sculls advanced to the A/B semi-final while all other boats advanced to the repechage. The fastest boat was Chinese Taipei’s Wang Ming-Hui who won heat 1 and finished with a time of 7:31.15. In the two repechages the top three advanced to the A/B semi-final. Singapore’s Saiyidah Mohamed Rafa’ee finished with the fasted time of 8:06.23, winning repechage 2. Wang had another good performance in the A/B semi-final as she won the first race with a time of 8:01.86. South Korea’s Kim Yeji won the second A/B semi-final with a time of 7:57.64. Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan and Vietnam also advanced to the A final and thus became the first six boats to qualify to the Olympics. Kim would win the overall title with a time of 7:44.52. In the B final Singapore’s Saiyidah Mohamed Rafa’ee grabbed the final quota with a time of 7:53.13.

The top ranked boat in the two heats of the men’s lightweight double sculls advanced to the A final while all other boats advanced to the repechage. The first heat was won by Japan whom finished with a time of 6:20.70 while the second heat was won by India whom finished with a time of 6:22.75. In the two repechages the top two advanced to the A final. The repechages were won by China and Hong Kong with a time of 6:37.50 and 6:37.17 respectively. Also advancing to the A final were Indonesia and Uzbekistan. In the A final China won the event with a time of 6:24.70. Japan and Hong Kong won silver and bronze respectively and also qualified to the Olympics.

The top two ranked boats in the two heats of the women’s lightweight double sculls advanced to the A final while all other boats advanced to the repechage. Japan and South Korea won their heats with a time of 7:05.95 and 7:09.35 respectively. Also advancing to the A final were Hong Kong and Iran. In the single repechage the top two advanced to the A final. The repechage was won by Vietnam whom finished ahead of Kazakhstan to finish with a time of 7:23.05. In the A final Japan won the event with a time of 7:03.19. South Korea and Vietnam won silver and bronze respectively and also qualified to the Olympics.

Since a nation can only qualify one boat per gender there will be a couple of reallocations in the women events. South Korea and Vietnam must now choose which event they will compete in causing the other boat to be reallocated. Depending on the choice we could see Thailand and Qatar win a quota in the single sculls, Hong Kong and Thailand win a quota in the lightweight double sculls or a combination of Thailand and Hong Kong winning a quota in the single sculls and lightweight double sculls respectively.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • South Korea – 3*
  • Indonesia – 2
  • Japan – 2
  • Kazakhstan – 2
  • Vietnam – 2*
  • China – 1
  • Hong Kong – 1
  • India – 1
  • Iran – 1
  • Iraq – 1
  • Singapore – 1
  • Chinese Taipei – 1
  • Thailand – 1
  • Uzbekistan – 1

* Must choose boat

 

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Wrestling: 1st World Qualifier Qualifies 28 Nations

28 nations qualified at least one athlete at the 1st World Wrestling Qualification Tournament. The top three athletes from the men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman and the top two athletes from the women’s freestyle qualified their nations to the Olympics. The 1st World Wrestling Qualification Tournament was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from April 22nd to April 24th 2016.

Belarus topped the Greco-Roman events by winning two gold medals. Aliaksandr Hrabovik defeated Georgia’s Revazi Nadareishvili in the -98kg while Javid Hamzatau defeated Armenia’s Maksim Manukyan in the -85kg. Armenia secured a second quota in the -75kg where Arsen Julfalakyan won the third place bout. The -75kg was won by Hungary’s Peter Bacsi in a walkover after China’s Yang Bin withdrew. China’s Meng Qiang also withdrew in the -130kg to give Iran’s Amir Ghasemi the victory. Uzbekistan’s Muminjon Abdullaev won the third place bout while his compatriot Elmurat Tasmuradov won the play-off match in the -59kg. The -59kg was won by South Korea’s Kim Seung-Kak whom defeated Norway’s Stig Andre Berge. Romania’s Ion Panait won the -66kg event over Finland’s Tero Valimaki. Lithuania’s Edgaras Venckaitis won the third place bout. Sweden also qualified two athletes in the third place bouts via Zakarias Berg in the -85kg and Fredrik Schon in the -98kg.

The United States qualified two athletes in the women freestyle events. In the -53kg Helen Maroulis defeated Greece Maria Prevolaraki while Haley Augello lost to North Korea’s Kim Hyon-Gyong in the -48kg. Hungary also qualified two athletes to the Olympics, but lost both of their final bouts. In the -63kg Marianna Sastin had to withdraw giving Turkey’s Hafize Sahin the victory while Zsanett Nemeth lost to France’s Cynthia Vescan in the final of the -75kg. The -58kg was won by Ecuador’s Lissette Antes whom defeated Germany’s Luisa Niemesch while the -69kg was won by Israel’s Ilana Kratysh whom defeated Venezuela’s Maria Acosta in the final. This will Israel’s first female wrestler to compete at the Olympics.

The final day contained results from the men’s freestyle events. In the -65kg it was Bahrain’s Adam Batirov whom defeated Georgia’s Zurabi Iakobishvili in the final. Third place bout winner Yakup Gor of Turkey also qualified to the Olympics. Turkey ended up qualifying a second quota as they won the -74kg event over Bulgaria’s Georgi Ivanov. Moldova’s Evgheni Nedealco also qualified to the Olympics by winning the third place bout. Moldova won a second third place bout through Nicolae Ceban in the -97kg event. The event was won by Armenia’s Georgy Ketoyev whom defeated Uzbekistan’s Magomed Ibragimov. The -86kg event was won by J’den Cox of the United States who defeated Venezuela’s Pedro Ceballos in the final. The third place bout was won by Poland’s Zbigniew Baranowski. Poland won a second third place bout with Robert Baran in the -125kg event. The event was won by China’s Deng Zhiwei in a walkover against Hungary’s Daniel Ligeti. The -57kg event was won by Romania’s Ivan Guidea whom defeated Azerbaijan’s Mirjalal Hasanzada in the final. The third place bout was won by Sandeep Tomar of India.

With this competition Azerbaijan and Georgia will be sending full men’s freestyle teams. Unqualified nations will get one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics at a second world qualification tournament due to be held in May.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Hungary – 4
  • Armenia – 3
  • China – 3
  • Turkey – 3
  • United States – 3
  • Uzbekistan – 3
  • Belarus – 2
  • Georgia – 2
  • Moldova – 2
  • Poland – 2
  • Romania – 2
  • Sweden – 2
  • Venezuela – 2
  • Azerbaijan – 1
  • Bahrain – 1
  • Bulgaria – 1
  • Ecuador – 1
  • Finland – 1
  • France – 1
  • Germany – 1
  • Greece – 1
  • India – 1
  • Iran – 1
  • Israel – 1
  • Lithuania – 1
  • Norway – 1
  • North Korea – 1
  • South Korea – 1

 

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