Six nations qualified athletes after the Archery American Continental Qualification Tournament. The top three archers in each gender qualify their nation to the Olympics. A nation can qualify a maximum of a single quota for each gender. The event was held just before the World Cup event in Medellin, Columbia from May 8th to May 9th 2016.
In the women’s recurve it was Venezuela’s Leidys Brito who led all athletes after the ranking round with Canada’s Georcy-Stephanie Thiffeault Picard finishing second. Brito would go on reach the final with a pair of 6-0 wins while Thiffeault Picard lost in a tie-break to Venezuela’s Mayra Mendez in the semi-final. Since Venezuela can only qualify one athlete this meant Canada also automatically booked a spot to the Olympics. The third Olympic spot was considered to be an upset where 12 seeded (out of 14) Yessica Camilo of the Dominican Republic defeated Guatemala’s Esmeralda Valencia Sanchez 6-2 and won a tie-breaker against Cuba’s Elizabeth Rodriguez to win the Dominican Republic’s first quota in archery. Brito won the event by winning a tie-breaker against Mendez while Thiffeault Picard won the bronze medal.
Mexico was the top nation in the men’s recurve ranking round as Juan Serrano and Ernesto Boardman took the top two spots respectively while Luis Alvarez finished in fifth. The three would all go to reach the semi-final and actually sweep the medals with Boardman defeating Serrano in the final. The largest upset occurred in the second round where Argentina’s Ignacio Escalante defeated third seed Juan Carlos Stevens 6-4. Unfortunately Escalante failed to grab the quota as El Salvador’s Oscar Ticas subsequently defeated him to reach the semi-final. The third Olympic quota went to fifth place finisher Guillermo Aguilar Gimpel of Chile.
Non-qualified nations can still have one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics at the final qualification tournament to be held during the Antalya World Cup event. Nations will also be able to upgrade their individual qualification to a team qualification at the event.
Quotas by Nations
- Canada – 1
- Chile – 1
- Dominican Republic – 1
- El Salvador – 1
- Mexico – 1
- Venezuela – 1
- Ianseo. World Archery Americas CQT – Results. Access on May 10 2016.