Tennis: ITF Updates Qualified List Again

With several late withdrawals in tennis the list of qualified athletes has changed again. In total 56 nations will send at least one athlete. As a reminder mixed doubles will be made up of athletes which have qualified in other events.

 

Athletes by Nations

  • United States – 11
  • France – 9
  • Spain – 9
  • Germany – 8
  • Russia – 8
  • Australia – 7
  • Brazil – 7
  • Czech Republic – 7
  • Great Britain – 7
  • Italy – 7
  • Poland – 7
  • Ukraine – 7
  • Argentina – 6
  • Japan – 6
  • Romania – 6
  • Serbia – 6
  • China – 5
  • Chinese Taipei – 5
  • Canada – 4
  • Croatia – 4
  • India – 4
  • Slovakia – 4
  • Belgium – 3
  • Colombia – 3
  • Netherlands – 3
  • Switzerland – 3
  • Austria – 2
  • Belarus – 2
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – 2
  • Bulgaria – 2
  • Chile – 2
  • Hungary – 2
  • Kazakhstan – 2
  • Mexico – 2
  • New Zealand – 2
  • Portugal – 2
  • Thailand – 2
  • Tunisia – 2
  • Barbados – 1
  • Denmark – 1
  • Dominican Republic – 1
  • Georgia – 1
  • Israel – 1
  • Latvia – 1
  • Liechtenstein – 1
  • Lithuania – 1
  • Luxembourg – 1
  • Moldova – 1
  • Montenegro – 1
  • Paraguay – 1
  • Puerto Rico – 1
  • Slovenia – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Turkey – 1
  • Uruguay – 1
  • Uzbekistan – 1

 

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Team Preview: Puerto Rico

Note: Last minute changes are always possible

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated United States territory located in the Caribbean Sea. The territory made its Olympic debut in 1948 and has participated ever since. Historically Puerto Rico has won a total of eight medals, six of them being in boxing. Puerto Rico has yet to win its first gold medal. In 2012 Puerto Rico won two medals and despite both athletes competing in 2016 the territory is not favoured to medal though it will have its chances to cause an upset.

A large portion of the team will come in athletics, led by 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Javier Culson. Competing in his third Olympics Culson has more recently won silver at the 2015 Pan American Games in the men’s 400m hurdles. While he is not favoured to win a medal he could make an appearance in the final. Another athlete to watch in athletics is Jasmine Camacho-Quinn whom will compete in the women’s 100m hurdles. She recently ran a time that could see her in the finals. Returning athletes include 2012 Olympians Eric Alejandro (men’s 400m hurdles), Beverly Ramos (women’s marathon) and Wesley Vazquez (men’s 800m). The rest of the team includes Andres Arroyo (men’s 800m), William Barnes (men’s 110m hurdles), Luis Castro (men’s high jump), Grace Claxton (women’s 400m hurdles), Alysbeth Felix (women’s heptathlon), Celiangeli Morales (women’s 200m) Diamara Planell (women’s pole vault) and David Smith (men’s high jump).

Wrestling will be headlined by 2012 Olympic silver medalist Jaime Espinal. The 2015 Pan American Games bronze medalist will compete in the men’s freestyle -86kg. Joining him is fellow 2012 Olympian and 2015 Pan American bronze medalist Franklin Gomez whom will compete in the men’s freestyle -65kg.

While boxing was historically Puerto Rico’s strongest sport the nation will only be sending a single athlete to the games. 2012 Olympian Jayvier Cintron will compete in the men’s flyweight.

Puerto Rico will be making its Olympic debut in women’s volleyball after winning the 12th and final spot at an Olympic Qualification Tournament. Ranked 17th in the world the team will enter the tournament as one of the lower ranked teams. While the team has competed internationally at the Grand Prix and World Championship its best results have come from continental play including a bronze medal at the 2015 NORCECA Championship and fourth place at the 2015 Pan American Games.

In tennis Puerto Rico will be represented by 2014 Youth Olympian Monica Puig. Puig won the bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games and has had a decent start to the 2016 season where she reached the third road at the Australian and French Open.

Puerto Rico will compete in two disciplines in aquatics. Rafael Quintero will be the first male diver to compete for Puerto Rico since 1996. He reached the final of the men’s 10m platform at the 2016 World Cup and finished sixth. In swimming Vanessa Garcia will compete in her fourth Olympics in the women’s 50m freestyle. Joining her is Erik Risolvato whom will compete in the men’s 50m freestyle.

Puerto Rico will be making its Olympic debut in table tennis as the nation qualified two athletes at the Latin American qualifiers. With medals from the team event at the 2015 Pan American Games Adriana Diaz will compete in the women’s singles while Brian Afanador will compete in the men’s singles.

Another sport making its Olympic debut for Puerto Rico is triathlon. Manuel Huerta formally competed for the United States, even competing at the 2012 Olympics. Huerta has competed for Puerto Rico since 2013.

Lauren Billys will compete in the eventing event in equestrian, making their return to the sport since 2004. She and her horse, Castle Larchfield Purdy qualified through the Group D (Central and South America) rankings. While this will be her first Olympic games she has experience in multi-sport games as she has competed at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games.

Puerto Rico will be represented by one athlete in taekwondo. 2015 Pan American Youth Champion Crystal Weekes will compete in the women’s +67kg event. She’s already competed at the 2014 Youth Olympics and 2015 Pan American Games.

Other sports Puerto Rico will compete in are judo where 2012 Olympian Melissa Mojica will compete in the women’s +78kg while Maria Perez will compete in women’s -70kg. In shooting Puerto Rico will be represented by Yarimar Mercado in the women’s 50m rifle, 3 positions and 10m air rifle. She is the 2015 Pan American Games bronze medalist. In cycling Brian Babilonia will compete in the men’s road race and in weightlifting 2012 Olympian Lely Burgos will compete in the women’s -48kg.

Overall 42 athletes will compete in 14 sports. This will be the largest delegation of athletes since the 2004 Olympics.

Diving: FINA Announces Participating Athletes

FINA has released the list of athletes which will compete in diving. The list also reveals the additional divers added to reach the maximum quota. Each gender had a maximum quota of 68 athletes for the individual and synchronized diving events. For every athlete which competed in the synchronized event, but not the individual event caused the individual event to have one fewer athlete competing relative to the maximum. In summary in the men’s 3m springboard 29 athletes will compete in the individual event and in the women’s 3m springboard and men’s and women’s 10m platform 28 athletes will compete in the individual event.

The next best ranked divers from the 2016 Diving World Cup were added to reach the aliquoted individual quota. This means for the men’s 3m springboard Germany and Austria gained an additional quota and for the men’s 10m platform Italy, Canada and Belarus gained quotas.

For the women’s events there were also declinations of quotas. For the women’s 3m springboard the Netherlands and South Africa declined a quota while Japan declined a quota it would have received through the reallocation process. Similarly in the women’s 10m platform Japan declined a quota while the Netherlands declined a quota it would have received through the reallocation process. Overall for the women’s 3m springboard Germany, United States, Colombia, Russia, Egypt, New Zealand and South Africa gained quotas to compete and in the women’s 10m platform Ukraine, Germany, Hungary, Brazil and Russia gained quotas.

There is still one female quota left unallocated, this was likely due to South Africa’s late rejection of one of their women’s 3m springboard quotas. It is likely the quota will eventually be filled by the next highest ranked athlete from the 2016 Diving World Cup, specifically Croatia.

Update: Croatia has received the quota in women’s 3m springboard.

 

New Quotas by Nations

  • Germany – 3
  • Russia – 2
  • Austria – 1
  • Belarus – 1
  • Brazil – 1
  • Canada – 1
  • Colombia – 1
  • Croatia – 1
  • Egypt – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • Italy – 1
  • New Zealand – 1
  • Ukraine – 1
  • United States – 1
  • Japan – -1
  • Netherlands – -1

 

Overall Athletes by Nation

  • China – 13
  • Great Britain – 11
  • United States – 10
  • Australia – 9
  • Brazil – 9
  • Mexico – 9
  • Germany – 8
  • Italy – 8
  • Russia – 8
  • Canada – 7
  • Ukraine – 7
  • Malaysia – 6
  • Colombia – 4
  • Egypt – 4
  • France – 3
  • Japan – 3
  • North Korea – 3
  • Belarus – 2
  • Venezuela – 2
  • Austria – 1
  • Croatia – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • Ireland – 1
  • Jamaica – 1
  • Netherlands – 1
  • New Zealand – 1
  • Puerto Rico – 1
  • South Africa – 1
  • South Korea – 1

 

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Tennis: Qualified Athlete List Released

The International Tennis Federation has announced the full list of qualified athletes based on the ATP and WTA rankings. A nation can only qualify a maximum of six athletes for each gender. The ATP and WTA rankings contain various events throughout the year, specifically events taking place from June 8th 2015 to June 5th 2016.

For the singles the top 56 eligible athletes in the men’s ATP and women’s WTA rankings are qualified to the Olympics. A nation can only qualify a maximum of four athletes in each singles event and the athlete must fulfill their requirements to the Davis and Fed Cup or get special permission. Six quotas are classified as ITF places which are allocated to the (if unqualified) host nation, continental representation (must be in top 300) and former Olympic gold medalists or Grand Slam champions (must be in top 200). Should those quotas not be filled the next highest ranked eligible athlete will qualify. Also two tripartite quotas were allocated to each of the singles events.

For the doubles athletes in the top 10 of the men’s ATP and women’s WTA are qualified. Similarly they must fulfill the Davis and Fed Cup requirements. The athletes can partner with any eligible player from their nation provided that they do not exceed the maximum of two doubles teams in an event. 14 spots go to the teams with the highest combined rankings (singles or doubles). 8 spots are classified as ITF places which are allocated to the (if unqualified) host nation (must have combined ranking of less than 500) and continental representation (must have combined ranking of less than 300). Should those quotas not be filled the next highest ranked doubles will qualify.

The men’s singles list contains a few missing top athletes with the 4 in the top 20 missing. Reasons for not competing ranged from not fulfilling the Davis Cup requirements (South Africa’s Kevin Anderson), issues with their NOC (Australia’s Nick Kyrigos) and wanting to focus on the ATP season (Austria’s Dominic Thiem and United States’ John Isner). Of the four Thiem was the highest ranked athlete at the time of the Olympic rankings publication at seventh.

One of the interesting developments on the men’s side is that the ITF has provisionally included some athletes provided that they compete at the July Davis Cup or have an appeal. This was reserved for athletes who have not completed their Davis Cup requirements; the most notable athlete subjected to this is Spain’s Rafael Nadal. In the men’s singles seven athletes qualified through protected rankings, usually reserved from athletes returning from long term injury. Athletes which qualified through the injury list include. Argentina’s Juan Monaco and Juan Martin del Potro, Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis, Chinese Taipei’s Lu Yen-Hsun, Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz and United States’ Brian Baker. Overall the ITF Places were reallocated to the next best ranked athletes while the tripartite commission selected Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur and Barabdos’ Darian King to compete at the Olympics.

The women’s singles on the other hand had relatively few missing top athletes. Out of the top 40 only two are missing, recently retired Flavia Pennetta of Italy and Russia’s Maria Sharapova whom is serving a doping ban. Three athletes also used their protected rankings as a way to qualify to the Olympics; China’s Peng Shuai, Italy’s Karin Knapp and Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva. Also three athletes qualified through the intended use of the ITF Places; Brazil’s Teliana Pereira qualified by being from the host nation, Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur qualified by being the highest ranked athlete from Africa and Italy’s Francesca Schiavone qualified by being a former Grand Slam champion. The other three quotas were reallocated to the next highest ranked eligible athletes. The tripartite commission selected Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg and Liechtenstein’s Stephanie Vogt to compete at the Olympics.

Unlike during the ATP and WTA tour doubles pairs must be from the same nation. This has caused many pairs to break-up and compete with someone else for one tournament. In the men’s doubles brother Mike and Bob Bryan of the United States will attempt to depend their gold medal. Overall six athletes will compete with someone else in the top 10 meaning three quotas are reallocated to the combined ranking list. Like with the men’s singles some athletes are provisionally chosen with the expectation that they will compete in July’s Davis Cup competition or submit an appeal. None of the ITF Places were used as intended and were reallocated to the highest combined ranked pairs which applied.

The women’s doubles will have the United States’ Serena and Venus Williams defending their Olympic gold medal. Four athletes will compete with someone else in the top 10 meaning two quotas are reallocated to the combined ranking list. One ITF Place was given to Brazil’s Teliana Pereira and Paula Cristina Goncalves so that the host nation will have participation. The other seven places were reallocated to the highest combined ranked pairs which applied.

The mixed doubles pairs won’t actually be announced until after the Olympics begin. Only players which have already qualified in other events can participate. A total of 16 pairs will compete, with 4 ITF Places included.

 

Athletes by Nations

  • United States – 12
  • Czech Republic – 10
  • France – 9
  • Germany – 9
  • Spain – 9
  • Russia – 8
  • Brazil – 7
  • Great Britain – 7
  • Italy – 7
  • Serbia – 7
  • Ukraine – 7
  • Argentina – 6
  • Australia – 6
  • Switzerland – 6
  • Chinese Taipei – 5
  • Romania – 5
  • Canada – 4
  • China – 4
  • India – 4
  • Japan – 4
  • Kazakhstan – 4
  • Poland – 4
  • Slovakia – 4
  • Belarus – 3
  • Belgium – 3
  • Croatia – 3
  • Netherlands – 3
  • Austria – 2
  • Bulgaria – 2
  • Chile – 2
  • Colombia – 2
  • Hungary – 2
  • Latvia – 2
  • New Zealand – 2
  • Portugal – 2
  • Tunisia – 2
  • Barbados – 1
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – 1
  • Cyprus – 1
  • Denmark – 1
  • Dominican Republic – 1
  • Israel – 1
  • Liechtenstein – 1
  • Lithuania – 1
  • Luxembourg – 1
  • Montenegro – 1
  • Paraguay – 1
  • Puerto Rico – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Uruguay – 1
  • Uzbekistan – 1

 

References

Weightlifting: Canada and Cuba Qualify in Both Genders At Pan American Championship

Canada and Cuba topped their respective team Olympic rankings at the 2016 Pan American Weightlifting Championship. The team Olympic rankings are constructed from points obtained from the top six men or top four women out of the nations which have not already qualified. The top seven men’s teams and the top four women’s teams qualify one athlete each. The Pan American Weightlifting Championship was held in Cartagena, Colombia from June 6th to June 11th 2016.

Canada was the top nation in the women’s events where they accumulated 109 points. They were followed by Puerto Rico whom finished with 103 points. Being anchored by gold medal winner Maria Valdes in the women’s -75kg Chile finished in third with 101 points while Cuba grabbed the final quota as they finished with 97 points.

One of the biggest shocks of the championship came in the men’s events where regional powerhouse Venezuela had their first three lifters fail to finish their event, leaving only five athletes left to compete. Overall Cuba topped the Olympic rankings, finishing with a total of 148 points. Ecuador finished in second with 143 points while Mexico and the United States finished equal at 141 points. Dominican Republic and Peru also qualified to the Olympics with 129 and 126 points respectively. Despite having only five remaining lifters Venezuela was still in a position to qualify going into the final event. Canada however, spoiled the unlikely achievement by doing just enough to win the final Olympic quota, finishing with a total of 118 points, just 1 point ahead of Venezuela.

This was the final continental qualifier in weightlifting. Unqualified nations can still qualify through the individual rankings where the cut-off will occur in the coming weeks. Also left to decide are the tripartite quotas.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Canada – 2
  • Cuba – 2
  • Chile – 1
  • Dominican Republic – 1
  • Ecuador – 1
  • Mexico – 1
  • Peru – 1
  • Puerto Rico – 1
  • United States – 1

 

References

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

 

References

Volleyball: Puerto Rico to Make Women’s Debut After Intercontinental Tournament Win

Puerto Rico finished as the top nation at the 2016 Women’s Intercontinental Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournament. The four team tournament contained teams from NORCECA, South America and Africa where they played a round robin tournament with the top team qualifying to the Olympics. The Women’s Intercontinental Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from May 20th to May 22nd 2016.

The first set of matches saw Colombia and Puerto Rico win in straight sets over Kenya and Algeria respectively. Kenya was able to get its first win in its second match as it defeated Algeria in a 3-1 match while Puerto Rico placed itself in a great position to win the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Colombia. In the final matches Colombia defeated Algeria in straight sets while Puerto Rico qualified to the Olympics with a 3-0 win over Kenya.

This will be Puerto Rico’s Olympic debut in women’s volleyball. All 12 teams for the women’s tournament are now known.

 

Tournament Rankings

  1. Puerto Rico
  2. Colombia
  3. Kenya
  4. Algeria

 

References

Table Tennis: Latin American Nations Qualify After Olympic Qualification Tournaments

Six nations qualified to the Olympics at the conclusion of the 2016 Latin America Table Tennis Olympic Qualification Tournament. In total five men singles and six female singles quotas were up for grabs. The reason for the quota reduction for the men was because Brazil’s Hugo Calderano won a spot to the Olympics at the 2015 Pan American Games. Each of the three days there were two tournaments held concurrent with each other. The winner of the tournaments qualified to the Olympics with the exception of the men’s tournament on the third day where the two winners must face-off with each other to determine who will be given the final spot. The Latin America Table Tennis Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Santiago, Chile from April 1st to April 3rd 2016.

On the first day in the women’s singles it was top seed Adriana Diaz from Puerto Rico who booked the first spot though was made to work for it in the final match as Cuba’s Lisi Castillo forced the match to go to seven games. Diaz will be the first player from Puerto Rico to compete at the Olympics. The second female quota of the day went to Colombia’s Lady Ruano who defeated the much higher ranked Yadira Silva of Mexico 4-1.

The first day of the men’s singles tournaments saw a few upsets as the top three ranked players failed to make their finals. Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi and Argentina’s Gaston Alto lost to Felipe Olivares of Chile and Jorge Campos of Cuba respectively. In the final between those two players it was Campos who won the match 4-1. Cuba’s Andy Pereira made it two quotas for Cuba on the opening day as he also defeated an athlete from Chile, Gustavo Gomez in a narrow 4-3 victory. This will be Pereira’s second Olympics.

The second day of tournaments for the women’s singles turned out to be a great day for Brazil as they grabbed the two quotas of the day. For the second day in a row Mexico’s Yadira Silva missed out in qualification, losing out in the final to Brazil’s Caroline Kumahara 4-3 despite at one point holding a 3-1 lead. The other final match saw Brazil’s Lin Gui defeat Venezuela’s Gremlis Arvelo 4-2. Both Brazilian athletes will be competing at their second Olympics.

For the men’s singles tournaments Mexico’s Marcos Madrid qualified to the Olympics after attempts in 2008 and 2012 ended with him losing in the final match. Madrid defeated this tournament’s number 1 ranked athlete Gustavo Tsuboi of Brazil in a narrow 4-3 match. The second quota went to Puerto Rico’s Brian Afanador whom defeated Chile’s Juan Lamadrid 4-1 in his tournament’s final.

Yadira Silva was third time lucky as she finally booked her spot to the Olympics by defeating Chile’s Katherine Low 4-2. The second and final Olympic quota went to Venezuela’s Gremlis Arvelo after she defeated Colombia’s Paula Medina 4-2.

Similarly top ranked Gustavo Tsuboi booked his spot to the Olympics by winning the sole quota on offer on the final day. In an intense final he prevented Paraguay’s Marcelo Aguirre from completing the comeback as Tsuboi at one point held a 3-1 lead. Tsuboi won the seventh set 11-9 to win the match 4-3.

Unqualified athletes can still qualify though the world rankings. Also by having two men and two women qualified Brazil will likely take the Latin America continental quota.  In the unlikely event that they lose the continental quota they will still send a team as the host nation.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Brazil – 3
  • Cuba – 2
  • Mexico – 2
  • Puerto Rico – 2
  • Colombia – 1
  • Venezuela – 1

 

References

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

 

References

Equestrian: Olympic Rankings Published But Dispute Remains

24 nations qualified at least one athlete from the Equestrian Olympic Rankings; however one ranking dispute still remains. Individuals not yet qualified to the Olympics were eligible to qualify their nation based on the rankings, provided that the nation has not reached its maximum quota. For the three disciplines there were three types of ranking lists, one for each of the seven groups; Group A (North, Western Europe), Group B (South, Western Europe), Group C (Central & Eastern Europe, Central Asia), Group D (North America, English Caribbean), Group E (Central & South America), Group F (Africa & Middle East) and Group G (South, East Asia, Oceania), another list combined some groups; Group A/B/C, Group D/E and Group F/G and a final overall list. The Equestrian Olympic Rankings contained various eligible events held from March 9th 2015 to March 6th 2016 for dressage and eventing and January 1st 2015 to March 6th 2016 for jumping.

In dressage the top two from Groups A, B and C, the highest ranked nation from Groups D, E, F and G and the top six from the overall list, with a maximum of four from the same nation qualified to the Olympics.

With the updated rankings the following nations won a spot from the group rankings, Denmark (2), Austria, Belgium, Russia (2), Canada, Dominican Republic, Palestine and New Zealand. These nations qualified from the overall ranking; Denmark (2), Ireland, Italy and Switzerland. Since Denmark qualified four riders they will be eligible to enter the team competition as a composite team. One more individual spot is open, but there is a dispute between Poland and Ukraine about the results of a certain event which would have qualification implications.

For eventing the highest ranked nation from each individual group, the top two from Groups A/B/C, D/E and F/G and the top eight from the overall list, with a maximum of four from the same nation qualified to the Olympics.

With the updated rankings the following nations won a spot from the group rankings, Finland, Italy, Russia, Chile, Zimbabwe and Japan. Since Group D did not have any eligible nations they quota has been reallocated to the overall ranking list. The following nations qualified from the combined group list, Belarus, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, China and Japan. The following nations qualified from the overall rankings, Belgium (2), Italy (2), Russia (2), Spain and Switzerland (2). Since Italy, Russia and Switzerland qualified three riders each they will be eligible to enter the team competition as composite teams.

The Olympic quotas for jumping went to the highest ranked nation from Groups A, B, C and F and the top four from the overall list, with a maximum of two from the same nation.

From the four groups the following nations qualified; Ireland, Portugal, Turkey and Morocco while from the overall rankings it was Belgium (2), Egypt and Italy whom qualified spots for their nations.

The ranking dispute between Poland and Ukraine in dressage will hopefully be settled soon. This was the final opportunity to qualify in equestrian. Overall several nations such as the Dominican Republic, Palestine and Zimbabwe will be making their Olympic debut in this sport.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Belgium – 5
  • Italy – 5
  • Russia – 5
  • Denmark – 4
  • Switzerland – 4
  • Ireland – 2
  • Japan – 2
  • Austria – 1
  • Belarus – 1
  • Canada – 1
  • Chile – 1
  • China – 1
  • Dominican Republic – 1
  • Ecuador – 1
  • Egypt – 1
  • Finland – 1
  • Morocco – 1
  • New Zealand – 1
  • Palestine – 1
  • Portugal – 1
  • Puerto Rico – 1
  • Spain – 1
  • Turkey – 1
  • Zimbabwe – 1

 

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