Judo: Olympic Rankings Published 113 Nations Qualify

113 nations qualified through the Judo Olympic Rankings. Athletes earned points through various world and continental events over a two year period. There were two methods of qualifying. First the top 22 men and top 14 women qualify with a maximum of one NOC per weight class. Second are the continental qualifiers. The highest ranked, not yet qualified athletes across all events can qualify. Each continent has a set amount of quotas; Africa 24 (14 men, 10 women), Europe 25 (14 men, 11 women), Asia 20 (12 men, 8 women), Oceania 10 (7 men, 3 women), and Pan America 21 (13 men, 8 women). A nation can only earn one spot across all events through this and a single continent can qualify a maximum of two athletes in a single event. The qualification period lasted from May 30th 2014 to May 29th 2016.

In total 113 nations have qualified with France and Japan joining hosts Brazil as being the only nation to have qualified a full team of men and women. Also qualifying a full men’s team are Georgia, Germany, Mongolia, Russia, South Korea and Uzbekistan. Overall 53 nations only qualified through the continental rankings while 14 nations did not receive a continental quota. Oceania did not allocate all 10 of its continental quotas thus the unused quota was reallocated to the athlete with the most points and is not yet qualified among all events, specifically Uzbekistan’s Soyib Kurbonov in the men’s -100kg.

The quotas are tied to the athletes by name with the exception of where multiple athletes from the same nation finished in the top 22 for men and top 14 for women where the nation can choose from among them. All that is left to determine in judo is the tripartite quotas.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • France – 14
  • Japan – 14
  • Germany – 13
  • Mongolia – 13
  • South Korea – 12
  • Netherlands – 11
  • Russia – 11
  • Cuba – 9
  • Canada – 8
  • China – 8
  • Georgia – 8
  • Hungary – 8
  • Uzbekistan – 8
  • Australia – 7
  • Great Britain – 7
  • Israel – 7
  • Ukraine – 7
  • Azerbaijan – 6
  • Portugal – 6
  • United States – 6
  • Algeria – 5
  • Austria – 5
  • Belgium – 5
  • Egypt – 5
  • Italy – 5
  • Kazakhstan – 5
  • Slovenia – 5
  • Spain – 5
  • Poland – 4
  • Romania – 4
  • Sweden – 4
  • Tunisia – 4
  • Turkey – 4
  • Czech Republic – 3
  • Ecuador – 3
  • Iran – 3
  • Morocco – 3
  • North Korea – 3
  • Switzerland – 3
  • United Arab Emirates – 3
  • Argentina – 2
  • Belarus – 2
  • Bulgaria – 2
  • Chinese Taipei – 2
  • Colombia – 2
  • Gabon – 2
  • Greece – 2
  • Kosovo – 2
  • Kyrgyzstan – 2
  • Latvia – 2
  • Mexico – 2
  • Puerto Rico – 2
  • South Africa – 2
  • Tajikistan – 2
  • Turkmenistan – 2
  • American Samoa – 1
  • Angola – 1
  • Armenia – 1
  • Aruba – 1
  • Benin – 1
  • Bolivia – 1
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – 1
  • Burkina Faso – 1
  • Cameroon – 1
  • Chile – 1
  • Congo – 1
  • Costa Rica – 1
  • Côte d’Ivoire – 1
  • Croatia – 1
  • Dominican Republic – 1
  • El Salvador – 1
  • Estonia – 1
  • Fiji – 1
  • Finland – 1
  • Gambia – 1
  • Ghana – 1
  • Guatemala – 1
  • Guinea-Bissau – 1
  • Haiti – 1
  • Honduras – 1
  • Iceland – 1
  • India – 1
  • Iraq – 1
  • Jordan – 1
  • Kenya – 1
  • Lebanon – 1
  • Libya – 1
  • Lithuania – 1
  • Madagascar – 1
  • Mali – 1
  • Mauritius – 1
  • Moldova – 1
  • Mozambique – 1
  • Nauru – 1
  • New Zealand – 1
  • Niger – 1
  • Pakistan – 1
  • Palau – 1
  • Papua New Guinea – 1
  • Peru – 1
  • Qatar – 1
  • Samoa – 1
  • Saudi Arabia – 1
  • Senegal – 1
  • Serbia – 1
  • Seychelles – 1
  • Thailand – 1
  • Trinidad and Tobago – 1
  • Uruguay – 1
  • Vanuatu – 1
  • Venezuela – 1
  • Vietnam – 1
  • Zambia – 1

 

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Taekwondo: Dominican Republic and United States Lead the Way in Pan Am Tournament

The Dominican Republic and the United States were among 11 nations to win quotas after the 2016 Pan American Taekwondo Qualification Tournament. The two finalists from each weight class qualify their nation to the Olympics. Nations are only allowed to enter two athletes per gender, provided that they have not qualified any athletes beforehand. The Pan American Taekwondo Qualification Tournament was held in Aguascalientes, Mexico from March 10th to March 11th 2016.

The largest upset of the first day occurred in the women’s -49kg where Canadian Yvette Yong lost 9-7 to Dominican Republic’s Candelaria Marte in the quarterfinals. Marte wouldn’t grab the Olympic quota as she would subsequently lose to Aruba’s Monica Pimentel 2-1. Pimentel will be the first athlete from Aruba to compete in taekwondo at the Olympics. The second quota went to Peru’s Julissa Canseco whom defeated Puerto Rico’s Victoria Stambaugh 4-3 in the semi-final. The tournament was won by Conseco as she defeated Marte 2-1.

In contrast the women’s -57kg went relatively expected as top seeds Carolena Carstens of Panama and Doris Patino of Colombia won their respective semi-final matches. They were made to work for their qualification as Carstens narrowly defeated Venezuela’s Adriana Matinez 1-0 while Patino required a referee’s decision to defeat Cuba’s Yamicel Nunez after the two tied 2-2. In the final Carstens easily defeated Patino 10-0 to win the tournament.

The first quota for the men’s -80kg was won by three time Olympic medalist Steven Lopez of the United States whom defeated Cuba’s Jose Cobas 4-3. Defending Olympic champion Sebastian Crismanich will however, not get to defend his Olympic gold medal as he fell to Dominican Republic’s Moises Hernandez 2-1 in a stunning semi-final. Lopez won the final match against Hernandez 3-0 to win the event.

The final event of the first day was the men’s +80kg. Top seed Rafael Castillo of Cuba easily qualified to the Olympics with a 13-5 win over Carlos Rivas of Venezuela. Stephen Lambdin won United States their second quota of the day with a 2-1 win over Canada’s Marc-Andre Bergeron. Castillo won the event due to the withdrawal of Lambdin.

On the second day it was 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and 2015 Pan American gold medalist Paige McPherson whom won the first quota place of the women’s -67kg as she defeated Argentina’s Alexis Arnoldt 3-2. The second quota was won by Canada’s Melissa Pagnotta whom defeated Colombia’s Katherine Dumar 5-3. McPherson won the event 4-3.

In the women’s +67kg Puerto Rico easily grabbed the first quota with a 6-0 win over Honduras’ Keyla Avila. The second quota saw a bit of an upset as 2013 World Champion Glenhis Hernandez of Cuba lost to Katherine Rodriguez of the Dominican Republic 3-1. Rodriguez won the event 2-1.

There was an upset in the quarter-finals of the men’s -58kg where Argentina’s Lucas Guzman lost to Ecuador’s Leyner Congo 8-4. Congo would subsequently lose in the next round to Colombia’s Oscar Munoz, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist 12-6 whom grabbed the Olympic quota. The second quota went to Luisito Pie of the Dominican Republic whom defeated Costa Rica’s Heiner Oviedo 9-1. Pie defeated Munoz 3-0 to win the tournament.

The first quota in the men’s -68kg went to Venezuela’s Edgar Contreras whom defeated Canada’s Maxime Potvin 6-3. The second quota went to Chile’s Ignacio Morales whom defeated Colombia’s Miguel Trejos 12-9. Contreras won the tournament after a withdrawal by Morales.

This was the final qualification opportunity for Pan American nations. Only one more continental qualification tournament remains before almost the entire field for taekwondo is decided.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Dominican Republic – 3
  • United States – 3
  • Colombia – 2
  • Aruba – 1
  • Canada – 1
  • Chile – 1
  • Cuba – 1
  • Panama – 1
  • Peru – 1
  • Puerto Rico – 1
  • Venezuela – 1

 

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Sailing: Guatemala and United States Win Gold at Pan American Games

Guatemala and the United States won the laser and laser radial events respectively at the Pan American Games. The continental qualifiers were split for these two events where the highest ranked nation not yet qualified from the North and South American regions will qualify to the Olympics. The fight for the second spots will occur in a later regatta. The Pan America Games are currently being held in Toronto, Canada from July 7th to July 26th 2015. The sailing events were held from July 12th to July 19th 2015.

United States’ Paige Railey may have only won one race, but she was by far the most consistent sailor in the women’s laser radial. In fact her worst race was only a 8th place finish in a field of 16. With that she was able to take a 10 point lead going into the medal race where she easily hanged on to win gold.

The fight for the North American position ultimately came down to Aruba’s Philipine van Aanholt and Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Arrindell where a five point gap separated the two going into the medal race. Arrindell did the best she could be winning the race, but Aanholt’s third place finish meant it was enough for Aruba to qualify.

The South American quota was between Argentina’s Lucia Falasca, Uruguay’s Dolores Moreira and Venezuela’s Daniela Rivera. Falasca had a 4 and 10 point lead over Uruguay and Venezuela respectively, but a disastrous medal race where she placed eighth, not only cost her a medal, but an Olympic quota. Instead it was Uruguay’s second place performance which was enough not only for a silver medal, but an Olympic quota. Brazil’s Fernanda Demetrio won the bronze.

Like in the women’s race Guatemala’s Juan Ignacio Maegli may have only won a single race, but it was his consistency in the men’s laser that won him the event as he posted a top 5 finish in every race except one which was dropped anyways. The silver medal went to Brazil’s Robert Scheidt while the bronze went to Canada’s Lee Parkhill.

The quota for North America nations wasn’t much of a race as Trinidad and Tobago’s Andrew Lewis consistently finished ahead of his eligible opponents and was the only sailor to reach the medal rounds.

As with North America in South America it was El Salvador’s Enrique Arathoon that did just enough against his Venezuelan opponent to stay ahead of him in most races. While in some sports which separate North and South America include El Salvador as a North American nation in sailing they are considered a South American nation.

The other single spot in men’s laser and women’s laser radial will be decided at a world cup in early 2016. The laser radial also has its world championships to go so it will be likely that some nations in Pan America will qualify through that.

Quotas by Nation

  • Aruba – 1
  • El Salvador – 1
  • Trinidad and Tobago – 1
  • Uruguay – 1

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Sailing: France’s Benson and Riou Retain Nacra 17 World Championship Title

France’s Billy Benson and his crew Marie Riou repeated their performance from 2014 by winning the 2015 Nacra 17 World Championships. The event was held at the Kalovig Center in Ronde, Denmark from July 5th to July 10th. In total 8 races along with a medal race were held in two stages where the worst score in the qualifying round was discarded. In total 3 spots were up for grabs for Olympic qualification to nations which have not qualified a boat in this event.

The first day of sailing was cancelled due to low winds, but once sailing begun it was France’s Billy Benson and Marie Riou that dominated the qualifying round by winning four out of the five races and finishing second in the other race. As the boats were split into gold and silver fleets the nations vying for one of the Olympic quotas was cut to nine with Germany, Aruba and Spain occupying the three spots.

More low winds caused only three races to be held for the gold fleet. Benson and Riou won two of those races, but a 23rd place finish on the other race took a large dent out of their lead. The Olympic quotas were decided going into the final Match Race as Germany, Aruba and Spain all finished within the top 10. Benson and Riou placed third in the final race, but it was enough for them to win the overall event with 35 points. Australia’s Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin placed second with 41 points while Netherlands’ Mandy Mulder and Coen de Koning took the bronze with 51 points.

All is not over for other prospective nations as qualification for Nacra 17 will continue over various continental qualifiers to be held in 2015 and 2016.

Quotas by Nation

  • Aruba – 1
  • Germany – 1
  • Spain – 1

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