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: 10 Nations Qualify After African Qualifers

Ten nations, including two which will be making their Olympic debut in the sport qualified to the Olympics at the conclusion of the 2016 African Olympic Qualification Tournament. The two finalists were given spots to compete at the Olympics. Nations must also respect the maximum quota of 2 men and 2 women across all qualification methods. The African Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Agadir, Morocco from February 6th to February 7th 2016.

The first day had four events. The women’s -49kg had one of the biggest surprises in the tournament as Cape Verde’s Maria Andrade grabbed one of the two spots. Her path was quite difficult as she had to go defeat African Games silver medalist (-46kg) Fadia Farhani of Tunisia 4-1. The second quota went to Congo DR’s Rosa Keleku as she defeated Ethiopia’s Nardos Chifra 6-3 in the semi-finals. Keleku defeated Andrade 3-2 to win the tournament. Both of these nations will be making their Olympic debut in taekwondo.

The men’s -58kg also had a large upset as African Games gold medalist Romain Trolliet was defeated in the quarter-finals by judge’s decision against Lesotho’s Marumo Moloisane after the match was tied 2-2. Moloisane failed to grab the Olympic quota as he lost subsequently to Morocco’s Omar Hajjami 3-0. The second Olympic spot went to Libya’s Yousef Shriha as he defeated Ethiopia’s Sisay Baykedagne 8-5. Hajjami won the tournament defeating Shriha 6-3.

There were no upsets in the women’s -67kg as both Seham El-Sawalhy of Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire’s Ruth Gbagbi repeated their performance from 2012 and qualified to the Olympics. Gbagbi went all out in the final and defeated El-Sawalhy 10-4 to win the event.

The first quota of the men’s +80kg was won by African Games +87kg gold medalist Abdoul-Razak Issoufou of Niger whom defeated former Olympian Daba Keita of Mali and +87kg 2015 World silver medalist Firmin Zokou of Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 and 10-9 respectively. The second spot went to Tunisia’s Yassine Trabelsi whom defeated Central African Republic Remy Alazoula 6-1 in the semi-finals. Trabelsi defeated Issoufou 1-0 to win the tournament.

On the second day in the women’s +67kg it was 2012 Olympian Wiam Dislam of Morocco whom secured the first quota by defeating Nigeria’s Uzoamaka Otuadinma. The second spot went to fellow finalist Mamina Kone of Cote d’Ivoire whom defeated Aminata Doumbia of Mali. The tournament title went to Kone as she defeated Dislam.

In the men’s -68kg the referee had to stop the fight between Senegal’s Balla Dieye against Nigeria’s Edwin Samson due to a hard kick to the head. This gave Dieye a spot in the final and an Olympic quota. The second quota went to 2015 African Games champion Ghofan Zaki of Egypt whom defeated 2012 Olympian David Boui of Central African Republic 7-1. Zaki won the tournament over Dieye in a close 2-1 encounter.

The biggest upset of the day occurred in the women’s -57kg where top seed Bineta Diedhiou was defeated in the quarter-finals by Morocco’s Hakima El-Meslahy. El-Meslahy would go on to reach the finals and obtain a quota for her nation by defeating Chinazum Mwosu of Nigeria. The other semi-final was between Tunisia’s Rahma Ben Ali and Ghana’s Danielle Pelham. Ben Ali won the match and reached the final. The final was a very defensive encounter and the match was judged by the judges after the match ended in a 1-1 draw. El-Meslahy was declared the victor.

The first Olympic quota in the men’s -80kg went to Tunisia’s Oussama Oueslati as he easily defeated Senegal’s Gorome Kare 16-6. The second quota was won by 2015 World bronze medalist in the -74kg category Ismael Coulibaly of Mali whom defeated 2014 Youth Olympic bronze medalist Seif Eissa of Egypt 8-3. The title went to Oueslati as he defeated Coulibaly 2-0 for the title.

This was the final opportunity for African nations to qualify in taekwondo. The remaining spots will be filled by athletes from Oceania, Pan America and Asia over the coming weeks.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Morocco – 3
  • Tunisia – 3
  • Egypt – 2
  • Ivory Coast – 2
  • Cape Verde – 1
  • Congo DR – 1
  • Libya – 1
  • Mali – 1
  • Niger – 1
  • Senegal – 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

 

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Taekwondo: 25 Nations Qualify Through Olympic Rankings

In total 25 nations qualified 48 quotas based on the Taekwondo Olympic Rankings. The top six athletes from each weight class qualified their nation to the Olympics, with a maximum of one athlete per nation per weight class. The final event which gave ranking points was the Grand Prix Final held in Mexico City, Mexico from December 5th to December 6th 2015.

The Olympic rankings were constructed in a weighted system through eligible events ranging from 2012 to 2015 with events taking place in 2015 having more weight. Eligible events included the 2012 Olympics, World Championships, Grand Prix, Continental Championships, various Multi-Sport Games and various G2 and G1 level tournaments.

One of the major changes in qualification in taekwondo was that nations can qualify athletes in all four events in each gender through the Olympic Rankings. Previously nations can only qualify a maximum of two athletes per gender between the four events. This gave stronger nations an opportunity to qualify more athletes. Through this method France was able to qualify three women, Iran qualified three men and South Korea qualified three men.

The final quotas will be decided at the continental qualifiers to be held in 2016. Nations which do not have two athletes per gender can participate to qualify the continental maximum of two athletes per gender.

Update 13 Jan 2016: Brazil and Chinese Taipei have both withdrawn in the women’s -49kg and women’s -57kg events respectively. Therefore the next highest ranked nations have qualified, specifically Mexico and Sweden respectively.

 

Qualification Per Event

Women’s -49kg

  1. China
  2. Croatia
  3. France
  4. Thailand
  5. South Korea
  6. Mexico

 

Women’s -57kg

  1. Great Britain
  2. Spain
  3. Egypt
  4. Japan
  5. Croatia
  6. Sweden

 

Women’s -67kg

  1. France
  2. Sweden
  3. Chinese Taipei
  4. South Korea
  5. Russia
  6. Turkey

 

Women’s +67kg

  1. China
  2. Serbia
  3. Great Britain
  4. United States
  5. France
  6. Mexico

 

Men’s -58kg

  1. South Korea
  2. Iran
  3. Portugal
  4. Germany
  5. Mexico
  6. Belgium

 

Men’s -68kg

  1. South Korea
  2. Russia
  3. Belgium
  4. Mexico
  5. Turkey
  6. Spain

 

Men’s -80kg

  1. Iran
  2. Moldova
  3. Great Britain
  4. Russia
  5. Germany
  6. Ivory Coast

 

Men’s +80kg

  1. Uzbekistan
  2. Azerbaijan
  3. Iran
  4. Gabon
  5. France
  6. South Korea

 

Quotas by Nations

  • South Korea – 5
  • France – 4
  • Mexico – 4
  • Great Britain – 3
  • Iran – 3
  • Russia – 3
  • Belgium – 2
  • China – 2
  • Croatia – 2
  • Germany – 2
  • Spain – 2
  • Sweden – 2
  • Turkey – 2
  • Azerbaijan – 1
  • Chinese Taipei – 1
  • Brazil – 1
  • Egypt – 1
  • Gabon – 1
  • Ivory Coast – 1
  • Japan – 1
  • Moldova – 1
  • Portugal – 1
  • Serbia – 1
  • Thailand – 1
  • United States – 1
  • Uzbekistan – 1

 

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