Cycling BMX: BMX Quotas Decided

With the update of the World Rankings the BMX quotas have been decided. There are three stages in which quotas are allocated. First is the Olympic Qualification Rankings where athletes can earn points for their nation at select events such as, the World Championship, World Cup, Continental Championship and others. For the men the top four nations qualified three athletes, nations ranked 5th to 7th qualify 2 athletes while nations ranked 8th to 13th qualify 1 athlete. For the women the top three nations qualified two athletes and nations ranked 4th to 7th qualify 1 athlete. The ranking period was from May 31st 2014 to May 30th 2016.

The second way to qualify quotas was through the UCI Individual Rankings. Athletes can earn points at select events such as, the World Championship, World Cup, Continental Championship and others. Nations which did not qualify through the Olympic Rankings are eligible. The top four individual athletes for the men and the top three individual athletes for the women qualify their nation to the Olympics. The ranking period was from May 31st 2015 to May 30th 2016.

The final way athletes can qualify was through the 2016 BMX World Championship. The top three for men and top two for women ranked athletes from nations not yet qualified qualify their nation to the Olympics. The BMX World Championship was held in Medellin, Colombia from May 25th to May 29th 2016.

The Olympic Qualification Rankings for the men’s BMX was as follows; United States, Netherlands, Australia and France all qualified three athletes, Great Britain, Latvia and Colombia qualified two athletes and Argentina, Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil and Japan qualified one athlete.

The nations which qualified through the Individual Rankings were as follow; Alfredo Campo (Ecuador), Russia (Evgeny Komarov), Germany (Luis Brethauer) and Norway (Tore Navrestad). At the World Championship the gold medal was won by France’s Joris Daudet whom narrowly defeated Netherlands’ Niek Kimmann by 0.048 of a second. The Olympic quotas went to South Africa (Kyle Dodd), Venezuela (Jefferson Milano), and Denmark (Niklas Lausten). Since Brazil qualified through the Olympic Rankings the host quota will be reallocated to the next best nation in the Olympic Rankings not yet qualified, specifically Indonesia.

For the women’s BMX the following nations qualified through the Olympic Qualification Rankings; Australia, United States and Netherlands qualified two athletes and Colombia, France, Venezuela and Russia qualified one athlete. The nations which qualified through the Individual Rankings were as follows; Belgium (Elke Vanhoof), Denmark (Simone Christensen) and Argentina (Maria Gabriela Diaz).

At the World Championship the women’s BMX was won by 2012 Olympic gold medalist Mariana Pajon of Colombia whom finished with a time of 41.385, well ahead of second place Caroline Buchanan of Australia whom finished with a time of 42.312. The Olympic quotas went to Germany (Nadja Pries) and Brazil (Priscilla Stevaux Carnaval). Since Brazil qualified normally its host quota has been reallocated to the next best nation in the Olympic Rankings not yet qualified, specifically Thailand.

This concludes the qualification for the BMX events. All that is remaining is for nations to confirm their qualification quotas.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Australia – 5
  • Netherlands – 5
  • United States – 5
  • France – 4
  • Colombia – 3
  • Argentina – 2
  • Brazil – 2
  • Denmark – 2
  • Germany – 2
  • Great Britain – 2
  • Latvia – 2
  • Russia – 2
  • Venezuela – 2
  • Belgium – 1
  • Canada – 1
  • Ecuador – 1
  • Indonesia – 1
  • Japan – 1
  • Norway – 1
  • New Zealand – 1
  • South Africa – 1
  • Switzerland – 1
  • Thailand – 1

 

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Shooting: Tripartite, Trading and Reallocations Announced

The International Sport Shooting Federation has updated its tripartite, traded quotas and the reallocation of some quotas. Originally 24 quotas were reserved for nations which have qualified less than an average of eight athletes to individual events over the past two Olympics. The quotas can be spread out over any of the 15 Olympic events.

In total 18 nations were granted tripartite quotas. Four nations were actually given two quotas; Bolivia (men’s 50m pistol and women’s 10m air rifle), Malta (men’s double trap and women’s 10m air pistol), Oman (men’s 50m rifle 3 positions, women’s 10m air pistol) and Pakistan (men’s 25m rapid fire pistol and women’s 10m air rifle). The 14 nations which received a single tripartite quota were; Andorra (women’s 10m air rifle), Angola (men’s trap), Bangladesh (men’s 10m air rifle), Barbados (men’s skeet), Bhutan (women’s 10m air rifle), Bosnia and Herzegovina (women’s 10m air rifle), Iraq (women’s 10m air rifle), Kosovo (women’s 10m air rifle), Lebanon (women’s trap), Macedonia (women’s 10m air rifle), Nicaragua (men’s 10m air pistol), Panama (men’s 10m air pistol), Paraguay (men’s double trap) and Sri Lanka (men’s 50m rifle prone).

In shooting nations are allowed to trade one of their athlete quotas to another. A nation can only do this once. In total 12 nations have traded quotas; Egypt (women’s 50m rifle 3 positions to men’s trap), India (men’s 50m rifle 3 positions to men’s trap), Italy (men’s 50m pistol to men’s 25m rapid fire pistol), Kazakhstan (men’s trap to women’s trap), South Korea (men’s 10m air pistol to women’s 10m air rifle), Qatar (men’s 50m rifle 3 positions to men’s skeet), Russia (women’s 10m air pistol to women’s skeet), Slovenia (women’s 10m air pistol to women’s 10m air rifle), Sweden (women’s 10m air rifle to men’s double trap) and Switzerland (women’s 10m air rifle to men’s 50m rifle 3 positions). China and Germany also traded quotas, but they also declined a quota due to a single athlete qualifying in two events despite the nation owning two athlete quotas thus we don’t know the trade. Regardless China has lost an athlete quota in men’s 50m pistol and women’s 50m rifle 3 positions and gained an athlete quota in men’s 50m rifle prone. Similarly Germany lost quotas in men’s 50m rifle 3 positions and women’s 10m air rifle and gained an athlete quota in women’s 25m pistol.

The ISSF also announced some reallocations of quotas. Reallocated quotas go to the nation with the most athletes which have attained the MQS, but did not qualify any athlete quotas during the qualification process. In total there were seven reallocated quotas, two from unused tripartite quotas, three through unqualified quotas from the continental qualifiers and two from nations which have declined athlete quotas, specifically China and Germany. The reallocated quotas went to; Azerbaijan (men’s 25m rapid fire pistol), Bahrain (men’s 50m rifle prone), Colombia (men’s trap), Estonia (men’s 25m rapid fire pistol), Lithuania (men’s skeet), Romania (men’s 10m air rifle) and Uzbekistan (men’s 10m air rifle). Technically the Netherlands was initially given a spot, but it was declined.

It is expected that a few more reallocation quotas will be given out as nations begin to finalize their teams. Similarly we can also expect more traded athlete quotas.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Bolivia – 2
  • Malta – 2
  • Oman – 2
  • Pakistan – 2
  • Andorra – 1
  • Angola – 1
  • Azerbaijan – 1
  • Bahrain – 1
  • Bangladesh – 1
  • Barbados – 1
  • Bhutan – 1
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – 1
  • Colombia – 1
  • Estonia – 1
  • Iraq – 1
  • Kosovo – 1
  • Lebanon – 1
  • Lithuania – 1
  • Macedonia – 1
  • Nicaragua – 1
  • Panama – 1
  • Paraguay – 1
  • Romania – 1
  • Sri Lanka – 1
  • Uzbekistan – 1

 

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Modern Pentathlon: France and Hungary Win Gold At World Championship

France and Hungary won gold at the 2016 Modern Pentathlon World Championship. The top three ranked athletes in each gender qualified to the Olympics. Should an athlete have already qualified to the Olympics then the quotas will be reallocated to the world rankings which will be published at the end of the month. The Modern Pentathlon World Championship was held in Moscow, Russia from May 23rd to May 29th 2016.

The women’s race saw a new world record in the swimming portion where France’s Elodie Clouvel finished the leg with a time of 2:06.59. The ranking round of fencing was won by Russia’s Donata Rimsaite. Hungary’s Sarolta Kovacs was one of the few people to score a perfect round in the riding portion where she held the overall lead going into the combined running and shooting. Despite several strong runs Kovacs was able to maintain her lead to win gold with a 1386 point total. Clouvel and Germany’s Lena Schoneborn won the silver and bronze medal respectively with a point total of 1374 and 1373 respectively. Since all three athletes have previously qualified to the Olympics the quotas have been reallocated to the world rankings.

The men’s race saw Egypt’s El Geziry brothers start off strong as Amro had the fastest swimming time of 1:56.50 while his brother Omar had the best performance in fencing. A relatively poor performance in the riding left Amro in third place going into the final portion while Omar led the pack. South Korea’s Jung Jinhwa was set to start in second. Amro held the lead for much of the combined running and shooting until the third series of shots where mistakes pushed him out of contention as Russia’s Aleksander Lesun, Jung and France’s Valentin Belaud raced out ahead of him. Eventually Belaud moved into first place and won the overall title with 1514 points. Lesun won silver and Jung won bronze with 1510 and 1504 points respectively. Only Jung qualified to the Olympics as both Belaud and Lesun have previously obtained their own quota. The other two quotas were reallocated to the world rankings

As a reminder a nation can only take two athletes per gender to the Olympics in modern pentathlon. Since South Korea has four men qualified they can only choose two causing the other two to be eventually reallocated. The final stage of qualification will occur over the next few days with the release of the Olympic rankings at the end of the month.

 

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Weightlifting: Oceania Nations Qualify To Olympics After Oceania Championships

Australia and Samoa topped the Olympic team rankings at the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships. The six highest ranking men and the four highest ranking women from eligible nations earned points towards their nation’s ranking. The top five nations from the men’s rankings and the top four nations from the women’s rankings earned one quota place. The Oceania Weightlifting Championship was held in Suva, Fiji from May 23rd to May 28th 2016.

The women’s rankings were topped by Australia whom finished with a total of 106 points and won gold in the -48kg and -63kg. Samoa also won in two events, -75kg and +75kg as the team finished in second with 99 points. New Zealand and Fiji also qualified to the Olympics with 99 and 98 points respectively.

Samoa topped the men’s rankings over Australia as they finished with 149 points and a gold medal in the -94kg. Australia finished with 144 points and gold in the -77kg. The other teams to qualify to the Olympics were New Zealand, Kiribati and Fiji whom finished with a total of 139, 137 and 132 points respectively.

While unqualified nations can still qualify through the individual rankings currently no eligible athletes from Oceania are in a qualifying position with one more continental qualifier remaining. However, Oceania nations will definitely be favoured to win some of the tripartite quotas which will be announced at the end of the qualification process.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Australia – 2
  • Fiji – 2
  • New Zealand – 2
  • Samoa – 2
  • Kiribati – 1

 

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Archery: Turkey Tops European Qualification Tournament

Turkey won both of the Continental Qualification Tournaments held in conjunction with the 2016 European Archery Championship. The continental qualification tournament contained athletes which were eligible to qualify to the Olympics. In total three quotas were available for each gender with a maximum of one nation per each gender. The entirety of the European Archery Championship was held in Nottingham, Great Britain from May 23rd to May 29th 2016.

The women’s continental qualification tournament was won by top seed Yasemin Anagoz of Turkey. She easily dominated her opponents until the final where she required a tie-breaker to win against seventh seed Alexandra Longova of Slovakia. The third and final quota was won by 13th seed Olga Senyuk of Azerbaijan whom defeated the third seed Hanna Marusava of Belarus in the bronze medal match 6-2.

The men’s continental qualification tournament saw quite a few upset. In fact besides second seed Mete Gazoz of Turkey the highest seed to reach the semi-finals was 20th seed Samuli Piippo of Finland. Piippo defeated Serbia’s Luka Popovic 6-0 to reach the final while Gazoz defeated Great Britain’s Patrick Huston 6-2. Gazoz won the event in a tie-breaker while Huston won the bronze and final Olympic quota over Popovic in a score of 6-4.

Unqualified nations will have one more opportunity to reach the Olympics. The final qualification tournament will also be the final place where nations can qualify to the team event.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Turkey – 2
  • Azerbaijan – 1
  • Finland – 1
  • Great Britain – 1
  • Slovakia – 1

 

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Boxing: Olympic Quotas Won At Women’s World Championship

12 Olympic quotas were up for grabs at the 2016 Women’s World Boxing Championship. The four semi-finalists in the three Olympic weight classes qualify to the Olympics. Should the athlete have previously qualified from the continental qualifiers then the quota is reallocated to the next highest ranked athlete from that specific continental qualifier. The Women’s World Boxing Championship was held in Astana, Kazakhstan from May 19th to May 27th 2016.

The women’s flyweight (-51kg) was won by 2012 Olympic gold medalist Nicole Adams of Great Britain whom defeated Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam in the final. Also qualifying to the Olympics are Zhaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan and Sarah Ourahmoune of France. Since Adams qualified through the World Championship her European qualifier quota was reallocated to Ukraine’s Tetyana Kob.

The women’s lightweight (-60kg) saw five-time world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor lose to France’s Estelle Mossely in the semi-final. In the other semi-final Russia’s Anastasiia Beliakova defeated Finland’s Mira Potkonen. Mossely defeated Beliakova in the final.

The women’s middleweight (-75kg) event had 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields win her second world title in a row after defeating Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn in the final. Chinese Taipei’s Chen Nien-Chin and Great Britain’s Savannah Marshall also qualified to the Olympics. Since Shields qualified through the World Championship her Pan American qualifier quota was reallocated to Brazil’s Andreia Bandeira.

This was the final opportunity for women to qualify to the Olympics in boxing. One spot still remains in each weight class to be given out as a wildcard. We expect the wildcards to be announced sometime after the final men’s boxing qualifier.

 

Net Quotas by Nations

  • France – 2
  • Brazil – 1
  • Chinese Taipei – 1
  • Finland – 1
  • Great Britain – 1
  • Ireland – 1
  • Kazakhstan – 1
  • Netherlands – 1
  • Russia – 1
  • Thailand – 1
  • Ukraine – 1

 

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Cycling Mountain: Cross-Country Olympic Rankings Published

The UCI Olympic Qualification Rankings have been published. The rankings consisted of the combined point total obtained by a nation’s top three athletes at select world and continental events over the past two years. For the men’s rankings nations ranked 1st-5th qualified three athletes, 6th-13th qualified two athletes and 14th-23rd qualified one athlete. For the women’s rankings nations ranked 1st-8th qualified two athletes and 9th-17th qualified one athlete. The UCI Olympic Qualification Ranking period lasted from May 25th 2014 to May 24th 2016.

The men’s rankings were topped by Switzerland whom finished with 9877 points. Also earning three athlete quotas was France, Spain, Czech Republic and Italy. The nations which earned two athlete quotas are; Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Portugal, South Africa and Brazil. The nations which earned one athlete quota are; Austria, Slovakia, United States, Argentina, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Greece, Israel and Japan.

With the release of the rankings there are also some reallocations to be done. First the host quota has been reallocated to the next highest ranked nation, Hungary. Also since Brazil, South Africa, Japan, Australia and New Zealand all qualified through the rankings their spot won at the continental qualifiers are reallocated to the next highest ranked nation at that qualifier meaning Costa Rica, Rwanda and Hong Kong are qualified. However, since no other Oceania nation competed at the continental qualifier the next level of reallocation is through the Olympic Rankings of teams from the same continent meaning Guam has qualified. Since no other Oceania nation is ranked in the Olympic Rankings the quota has been reallocated to the next highest ranked nation overall in the Olympic Rankings, specifically Russia.

The women’s ranking was also topped by Switzerland whom finished with a total of 8614 points. Also earning two athlete quotas was Germany, Canada, France, United States, Slovenia, Poland and Ukraine. The nations which earned one athlete quota are; Russia, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Brazil, Italy, Australia, Sweden and Serbia.

Like with the men’s rankings there are a couple of reallocations. Since Brazil qualified through the rankings the host quota was reallocated to the next highest ranked nation, Czech Republic. Also since Australia qualified through the rankings their spot won at the continental qualifiers was reallocated to the next highest ranked nation from that qualifier, New Zealand.

This was the final opportunity for nations to qualify to the Olympics in mountain biking. There is still the possibility for reallocation as some nations may decline some or all of their quotas. We should know one way or another over the coming weeks.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • France – 5
  • Switzerland – 5
  • Canada – 4
  • Czech Republic – 4
  • Germany – 4
  • Italy – 4
  • Australia – 3
  • Belgium – 3
  • Brazil – 3
  • Spain – 3
  • United States – 3
  • Denmark – 2
  • Netherlands – 2
  • New Zealand – 2
  • Poland – 2
  • Portugal – 2
  • Russia – 2
  • Slovenia – 2
  • South Africa – 2
  • Sweden – 2
  • Ukraine – 2
  • Argentina – 1
  • Austria – 1
  • Costa Rica – 1
  • Greece – 1
  • Guam – 1
  • Hong Kong – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • Israel – 1
  • Japan – 1
  • Norway – 1
  • Rwanda – 1
  • Serbia – 1
  • Slovakia – 1

 

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