Canada and the United States won quotas at the 2016 North America Table Tennis Olympic Qualification Tournament. Three men’s and two women’s tournaments were held with the winner of each tournament qualifying to the Olympics. The reason for the fewer quota on the women’s side is because United States’ Yue Wu qualified to the Olympics at the Pan American Games. Also a nation can only qualify a maximum of two quota places. The North America Table Tennis Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Markham, Canada from April 8th to April 10th 2016.
The first men’s quota was won by Canada’s Eugene Wang whom did not give up a single set in any of his three matches as he defeated compatriot Pierre-Luc Theriault 4-0 in the final. The second tournament ended up being a United States battle between Sharon Alguetti and Yijun Feng. Feng won the second quota in straight sets. The third and final quota again became an all United States battle between Timothy Wang and Kanak Jha. Jha won the final quota in straight sets.
The first women’s tournament was won by 2014 Youth Olympics bronze medalist Lily Zhang of the United States who defeated her compatriot Jiaqi Zheng 4-0. Since the United States has qualified two women they were not allowed to compete in the second tournament making it an all-Canadian tournament. Canada’s Mo Zhang defeated her compatriots Alicia Cote and Anqi Luo without losing a set to book her spot to the Olympics.
By qualifying two athletes of both genders to the Olympics the United States looks likely to take the North American team quota for both genders. Canada would now have to qualify an athlete through the world rankings and finish ahead of the United States in the team world rankings.
Quotas by Nations
- United States – 3
- Canada – 2
- ITTF. 2016 ITTF-North America Olympic Qualification Tournament. Access on April 10 2016.