Archery: Tripartite Quotas Announced

World Archery has announced the selection of their tripartite quotas. These quotas are awarded to nations who have qualified an average of less than eight athletes in individual events over the past two Olympics. In total six quotas were available, three for the men’s individual and three for the women’s individual.

The quotas for the men’s individual went to Libya, Malawi and Nepal and for the women’s individual the quotas went to Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Bangladesh – 1
  • Bhutan – 1
  • Libya – 1
  • Malawi – 1
  • Myanmar – 1
  • Nepal – 1

 

References

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Archery: Final Olympic Qualifiers Adds 6 Teams and 11 Individuals

The final Olympic quotas were decided at the 2016 Archery World Cup – Stage 3. A special Final Olympic Qualification Tournament was held during the World Cup event. The top three nations from the team event of the Olympic qualification tournament qualified to the Olympics. In the individual event, initially three spots were available to the highest ranked athletes with a maximum of one quota per nation per gender, but should a nation whom qualified in the team event, previously qualified an individual quota that quota will be reallocated to the next highest ranked eligible athlete at this individual event. The Archery World Cup – Stage 3 was held in Antalya, Turkey from June 12th to June 19th 2016.

In the women’s team recurve Germany was the top nation in the ranking round, finishing with a score of 1991. However, they suffered an early upset to Estonia in the first round where Estonia won in an upset. Estonia would continue its unlikely run by defeating Great Britain 6-0 in the quarter-final. In the semi-final they were stopped by fifth seed Ukraine whom won the match 5-3. The other half of the bracket was relatively tame as both the second and third seed Italy and Chinese Taipei respectively faced off in the semi-final. The match went to a tie-breaker where Italy advanced to the final. Ukraine would go on to win the event with a 5-1 win over Italy. For third place and the final Olympic quota Chinese Taipei easily dispatched Estonia to win the match 6-0. Since Chinese Taipei, Italy and the Ukraine all qualified athletes previously the total amount of quotas for the women’s individual qualifiers will be six.

The men’s team recurve saw many upsets. After winning the top seed in the ranking round with a score of 2008 India quickly felt the pressure as the required a tie-breaker to defeat Turkey and then were eliminated in the quarter-final after losing a tie-breaker to Malaysia. Second seed Mexico lost 6-0 in the first round to Canada while fourth seed Russia lost to 12th seed Indonesia 5-3 in the quarter-final. In total the semi-finals consisted of 8th seed Malaysia, 12th seed Indonesia, 3rd seed Germany and 10th seed France. Indonesia booked their spot to the Olympics with a 6-0 victory over Malaysia while France qualified by defeating Germany 5-1. Indonesia would go on to win the event 6-0. The final Olympic quota was decided in the third place match where Malaysia defeated Germany 6-2. Since Indonesia and Malaysia qualified athletes previously the total amount of quotas for the men’s individual qualifiers will be five.

While there were relatively few upsets in the women’s individual recurve none of the top four seeds reached the semi-final though three of them reached the quarter-final. The first semi-final was between Moldova’s Alexandra Mirca and Great Britain’s Naomi Folkard. Folkard won the match 7-3. The other semi-final match was between Estonia’s Laura Nurmsalu and Sweden’s Christine Bjerendal. Nurmsalu won the match 6-4. All four nations qualified a quota to the Olympics. The event was won by Nurmsalu whom defeated Folkard 6-0. The other two Olympic quotas went to Finland (Taru Kuoppa) and Spain (Adriana Martin).

One of the largest upsets in the entire qualifier came in the men’s individual recurve in the round of 32 where 80th seed Boris Balaz of Slovakia defeated top seed Bair Tsybekdorzhiev of Russia in a 6-4 match. Balaz was unable to reach the semi-final as he lost to Thailand’s Witthaya Thamwong 6-2 in the quarter-finals, however, it would be enough to grab one of the Olympics quotas. The final was between two Belarussians where Anton Prilepov and Pavel Dalidovich faced off against each other. Prilepov won the match 6-0. Since a nation can only qualify one athlete quota the five quotas went to Belarus (Anton Prilepov), Thailand (Witthaya Thamwong), Belgium (Robin Ramaekers), Norway (Baard Nesteng) and Slovakia (Boris Balaz).

This was the final opportunity for nations to qualify to the Olympics. All that is left is for the tripartite quotas to be announced and for nations to officially confirm their quotas.

 

Athletes by Nations

  • Chinese Taipei – 3
  • France – 3
  • Indonesia – 3
  • Italy – 3
  • Malaysia – 3
  • Ukraine – 3
  • Belarus – 1
  • Belgium – 1
  • Estonia – 1
  • Finland – 1
  • Great Britain – 1
  • Moldova – 1
  • Norway – 1
  • Slovakia – 1
  • Spain – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Thailand – 1

 

References

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

 

References

Archery: Six Nations Qualify After American Qualification Tournament

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

 

References

  • Ianseo. World Archery Americas CQT – Results. Access on May 10 2016.

Archery: Three Oceania Nations Win Quotas At Oceania CQT

Three nations qualified to the Olympics at the 2016 Oceania Continental Qualification Tournament. The two highest ranked nations qualified to the Olympics. The Oceania Continental Qualification Tournament was part of a larger event which included the Oceania Senior and Youth Championship and Oceania Commonwealth Championship. The event was held in Nuku’alofa, Tonga from April 8th to April 16th 2016.

While detailed results remain unavailable we do know which athletes won their nations quotas. In the women’s individual recurve it was an Australian sweep with Semra Ferguson winning the overall title. The second quota went to fourth place finisher and 2014 Youth Olympian Lusi Tatafu of Tonga.

With Australia already qualifying a men’s team quota from the 2015 World Championship they were not eligible to participate in this event. The winner of the event was 2012 Olympian Robert Elder of Fiji where he defeated Tonga’s Siosifa Taumoepeau in the final. Taumoepeau also qualified his nation to the Olympics.

There will be one more opportunity for nations in Oceania to qualify both an individual and team quota to the Olympics. It will be at the final qualification tournament due to be held in the coming months.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Tonga – 2
  • Australia – 1
  • Fiji – 1

 

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Archery: Egypt and Kenya Win Gold at African Championship

Egypt once again showed it is the powerhouse of Africa in archery by winning four out of the six medals in the two individual recurve events at the 2016 African Archery Championship. The three highest ranked nations in each individual event will be given a spot to compete in the Olympics. The African Archery Championship was held in Windhoek, Namibia from January 29th to January 31st 2016.

Egypt was the best nation in the qualification round in the men’s individual recurve with all three of their athletes finishing in the top 5. Egypt’s Hady El-Kholosy won the top seed with a score of 636. In the elimination rounds El-Kholosy swept through his first two opponents, but required to win a tie-breaker against Zimbabwe’s Gavin Sutherland in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals he had a narrow 6-4 win against his compatriot Mohammed Aly Amin to reach the final.

On the other half of the bracket it was second seed Ahmed El-Nemr whom reached the final. Like his compatriot his first two matches were simple wins. In the quarter-finals he defeated Rene Kouassi of Cote d’Ivoire 7-3 before meeting with South African Terence van Moerkerken in the semi-final. El-Nemr won the encounter in a close 6-4 match. In the final El-Nemr won the gold medal by defeating El-Kholosy 6-2.

Egypt and South Africa grabbed the men’s quotas by virtue of having someone in the semi-finals. The final quota went to Zimbabwe as Gavin Sutherland finished with a higher ranking over Cote d’Ivoire’s Rene Kouassi. It is very likely that South Africa will reject this quota since they do not accept quotas from continental championships. When the quota is formally rejected it will be reallocated to Cote d’Ivoire.

The women’s individual recurve was similarly dominated by Egypt with all three archers finishing in the top six, but it was Cote d’Ivoire’s Carla Frangilli whom finished as the top seed after the qualification round with a score of 579. Frangilli won her first two matches in a sweep, but lost in the semi-final to Kenya’s Shehzana Anwar 6-5.

The other semi-final was a clash between two Egyptians as a tie-breaker was required to give Reem Mansour the win over her compatriot and second seed Hania Fouda. Anwar defeated Mansour 6-2 to win the championship . Egypt, Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire gained the three quotas by virtue of having athletes reach the semi-finals.

African archers will get one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics at the final Olympic qualification tournament to be held later this year. Also all African nations will get the opportunity to qualify a team of three athletes for the team event.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Egypt – 2
  • Cote d’Ivoire – 1
  • Kenya – 1
  • South Africa – 1
  • Zimbabwe – 1

 

References

Archery: Malaysia and North Korea Lead the Way at Asian Continetal Qualifcation Tournament

Five nations were able to qualify athletes to the Olympics from the Asian Continental Qualification Tournament held in conjunction with the 2015 Asian Archery Championship. After the continental championship eligible nations were placed into a separate bracket based on their results from the qualification round. The top three athletes from each gender with a maximum of one athlete per nation per event will be given quotas to compete. The Asian Archery Championship was held in Bangkok, Thailand from November 3rd to November 8th 2015.

In the men’s event it was top seeds Mohamed Anuar Mohamed from Malaysia and Jantsan Gantugs of Mongolia which reached the finals and grabbed the first two quotas. Gantugs had a scare in the quarterfinals where a shoot-off was required against Oibek Saidiyev of Kazakhstan. The final was low key as Mohamed swept Gantugs 6-0 to win the qualification tournament. Sultan Duzelbayev of Kazkahstan was given the final quota by virtue of his semi-final appearance since Malaysia had two athletes qualifying to the semis with Haziq Kamaruddin also reaching the semifinals. Duzelbayev was able to win the bronze medal by defeating Kamaruddin in a close 6-4 affair.

In the women’s event it was top seed Kang Un Jun of North Korea which went through the bracket relatively unscathed. She was able to reach the final against sixth seed 2012 Paralympic gold medalist Zahra Nemati of Iran. Kang defeated Nemati in the final 6-2 as both athletes qualified their nation to the Olympics. The fight for the final Olympic spot was between fourth seed Luiza Saidiyeva of Kazakhstan and surprise package Loc Thi Dao of Vietnam whom qualified as a 23rd seed. The Cinderella run would end for Loc without an Olympic quota as Saidiyeva defeated her 7-1 to grab the final spot.

Athletes from Asia will get a final opportunity to qualify both individual athletes and a team at the final Olympic qualification tournament to be held in 2016, after all of the continental championships are over.

Quotas by Nation

  • Kazakhstan – 2
  • Iran – 1
  • Malaysia – 1
  • Mongolia – 1
  • North Korea – 1

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