Judo: IJF Reveals Olympic Competitors

The International Judo Federation has released the list of athletes which will compete in judo. The list also reveals the athletes selected through the tripartite commission and revealed two declined quotas. In total 20 quotas were made available to nations which qualified an average of less than eight athletes from individual events over the past two Olympics.

The tripartite quotas went to Afghanistan (men’s -100kg), Andorra (women’s -63kg), Belize (men’s -90kg), Burundi (women’s -52kg), Djibouti (men’s -66kg), Laos (men’s -60kg), Macedonia (women’s -63kg), Monaco (men’s -60kg), Montenegro (men’s -81kg), Nepal (women’s -63kg), Palestine (men’s -60kg), San Marino (men’s -100kg), Sri Lanka (men’s -73kg), Sudan (men’s -90kg), Suriname (men’s -66kg), Syria (men’s -73kg), Tanzania (men’s -73kg) and Yemen (men’s -73kg). The other two quotas were given to athletes competing in the Refugee Olympic Team (men’s -90kg and women’s -70kg).

Two nations also declined their continental quotas; Palau declined its women’s -63kg quota and South Africa declined its men’s -66kg quota. The quotas were reallocated to the next highest ranked nation from their respective continents. South Africa’s quota was reallocated to Congo DR (men’s -66kg) while for Palau no other eligible Oceania athletes remained so the quota was reallocated to the highest ranked eligible athlete, specifically Italy (women’s -48kg).

Provided that there isn’t any last minute injuries this should be the final list of athletes which will compete in the 2016 Olympics.


Net Quotas by Nations

  • Refugee Olympic Team – 2
  • Afghanistan – 1
  • Andorra – 1
  • Belize – 1
  • Burundi – 1
  • Congo DR – 1
  • Djibouti – 1
  • Italy – 1
  • Laos – 1
  • Macedonia – 1
  • Monaco – 1
  • Montenegro – 1
  • Nepal – 1
  • Palestine – 1
  • San Marino – 1
  • Sri Lanka – 1
  • Sudan – 1
  • Suriname – 1
  • Syria – 1
  • Tanzania – 1
  • Yemen – 1
  • Palau – -1
  • South Africa – -1




Shooting: 17 Nations Qualify After 25, 50, 300m & Shotgun European Champs

Germany, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine all qualified two shooters each at the 2015 25, 50, 300m and Shotgun European Championships. 1 to 3 quotas for a total of 21 were available across 10 events; the 10m pistol and rifle events are not held here while the men’s double trap offered no quotas. The quotas went to the top ranked athlete not yet qualified, respecting the maximum quota per event for a nation. The European Championships were held in Maribor, Slovenia from July 18th to August 1st 2015.

The women’s 50m rifle 3 position was decided by the final shot where Italy’s Petra Zublasing was unable to catch Serbia’s Ivana Maksimovic, losing by just 0.1. The three Olympic quotas went to Great Britain’s Jennifer McIntosh, Poland’s Agnieszka Nagay and Czech Republic’s Lucie Svecova.

In the men’s 50m rifle prone the final two shooters were Russians Sergey Kamenskiy and Sergei Kovalenko. Kolalenko was able to maintain his 1.2 lead to win the title and an Olympic quota with a score 209.2. The second quota went to fourth place Norbert Szabian of Hungary.

The semifinals for the men’s skeet was very tight as five shooters all finished with a score of 15, requiring a shoot-off. In the end it was Greece’s Ethimios Mitas and Italy’s Luigi Lodde which qualified to the final while Denmark’s Jesper Hansen and Eric Delaunay of France both qualified to the bronze medal match. In the final Lodde defeated Mitas 16-14 though Mitas received a quota to the Olympics. For the bronze medal Hansen defeated Delaunay 16-14 and likewise Delaunay also received a quota to the Olympics. The third quota went to 2000 Olympic gold medalist Mikola Milchev of Ukraine.

A shoot-off was also needed to decide the medal matches for the women’s 25m pistol as three shooters tied with a score of 16. Both Zsofia Csonka of Hungary and Viktoria Chaika of Belarus qualified to the final while Olena Kostevych of Ukraine was relegated to the bronze medal match along with 1988 Olympic gold medalist Nino Salukvadze of Georgia. Csonka was able to win the gold medal by winning 8-6 while Kostevych won the bronze medal with a score of 7-5. The two Olympic quotas went to Csonka and Salukvadze.

For the first time in 2016 a shooter which gained a quota to the Olympics did not reach the final round. In the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions Austria’s Gernot Rumpler finished 12th overall, but it was enough to grab one of the three quotas. The other two went to sixth place Milenko Sebic of Serbia and seventh place Michael Janker of Germany. The winner of the event was Russia’s Sergey Kamenskiy.

Only one quota was available for women’s skeet. In the semifinals a shoot-off was required to determine the second finalist and an Olympic quota was on the line because Slovakia’s Danka Bartekova had previously qualified. After a marathon shoot-off Germany’s Christine Wenzel defeated Cyprus’ Andri Eleftheriou 12-11. In the final Wenzel defeated Brtekova 16-14. Bronze went to Eleftheriou as she defeated her compatriot Panagiota Andreou 14-11.

In the men’s 50m pistol it was Portugal’s Joao Costa that won gold with a bit of luck. He was closest to elimination for the final three elimination stages, but decent shots combined with poor hits by his opponents meant he was able to survive and win. The two Olympic quotas went to silver medalist Francesco Bruno of Italy and bronze medalist Sergey Chervyakokskiy of Russia.

The final in the women’s trap was between Slovakia’s Zuzana Stefecekova and Russia’s Ekaterina Rabaya whom scored 14 and 13 respectively in the semifinals. In the final it was Stefecekova who won gold and the only Olympics quota, winning by a score of 11-8. The bronze medal went to Italy’s Jessica Rossi whom defeated France’s Delphine Reau 13-11.

The men’s 25m rapid fire pistol came down to the final set as both Germany’s Oliver Geis and Russia’s Alexei Klimov were tied. In the end Geis was able to outshoot Klimov to win the gold. The bronze went to Spain’s Jorge Llames. The single Olympic quota went to Ukraine’s Roman Bondaruk.

A shoot-off was required to determine the finalist for the men’s trap. It was Alberto Fernandez of Spain which defeated Slovenia’s Bostjan Macek in a grueling 14-13 match. In terms of Olympic quotas it did not matter as both shooters along with bronze medal match qualifier Stefano Selva of San Marino all won a spot to participate at the Olympics. In the final Italy’s Giovanni Pellielo defeated Fernandez in a shoot-off 6-5 after tying 15-15. The bronze medal went to Macek as he defeated Selva 13-12.

The opportunity for European nations to qualify is running out. All that remains is a World Cup event for some rifle and pistol events. The shotgun events have an additional World Championships while the 10m rifle and pistol European championships will be held in 2016.

Quotas by Nation

  • Germany – 2
  • Hungary – 2
  • Russia – 2
  • Ukraine – 2
  • Austria – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • France – 1
  • Georgia – 1
  • Great Britain – 1
  • Greece – 1
  • Italy – 1
  • Poland – 1
  • San Marino – 1
  • Serbia – 1
  • Slovakia – 1
  • Slovenia – 1
  • Spain – 1


Shooting: 12 Nations Qualify After European Games

The final direct qualifier to the Olympics at the inaugural European Games is shooting. The highest ranked non-qualified athlete from each event will be given a spot to compete at the Olympics, provided it does not interfere with the maximum quota a nation can obtain. The 2015 European Games are currently being held in Baku, Azerbaijan and will be held from June 12th to June 28th 2015.

Overall 12 nations qualified an athlete with three qualifying two athletes; France (men’s 50m rifle 3 positions and women’s 50m rifle 3 positions), Russia (men’s trap and men’s double trap) and Switzerland (women’s 10m air rifle and women’s 25m pistol). The European Games was a bit of a relief for Switzerland as the nation had one of the largest number of athletes with the Minimum Qualification Scores (MQS) and not an Olympic quota. With that monkey of their back the only European nation without an Olympic quota, but a large number of MQS athletes is Poland.

The other quotas went to Belarus (women’s 10m air pistol), Germany (men’s 50m rifle prone), Great Britain (women’s skeet), Israel (men’s 10m air rifle), San Marino (women’s trap), Slovakia (men’s 50m pistol), Spain (men’s 25m rapid fire pistol), Sweden (men’s skeet) and Ukraine (men’s 10m air pistol). Notable athletes that qualified their nations were 2004 Olympic gold and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Aleksey Alipov of Russia, 2014 Youth Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hornung of Switzerland and 2014 Youth Olympic gold medalist Pavlo Korostylov of Ukraine.

The overall competition at the European Games was quite good. Among the Olympic events Italy won the most medals with 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze. It was however Serbia that won the most gold medals, winning in four different events. Russia and Germany also won multiple gold medals with two apiece. Overall 20 nations won at least 1 medal including small nations like San Marino (women’s trap).

The next qualifying events for Europe is split. For the non-10m events the next qualifying event will be the European Championships because the 10m events have their own European Championships to be held in 2016. This makes the next competition for the 10m events the ISSF World Cup.

Quotas by Nation

  • France – 2
  • Russia – 2
  • Switzerland – 2
  • Belarus – 1
  • Germany – 1
  • Great Britain – 1
  • Israel – 1
  • San Marino – 1
  • Slovakia – 1
  • Spain – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Ukraine – 1


Shooting: Italy and Europe Dominate 2nd Shotgun World Cup

After a relatively poor performance at the first shotgun World Cup Europe, led by Italy obtained all 10 of the available spots in the five shotgun events at the second World Cup event held in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates from March 19th to March 29th 2015. 2 quotas were available in each event. Italy was fantastic overall and gained 4 quotas and now has a total of 9 quotas out of a maximum 10 in shotgun events with only a second quota in the women’s trap missing.

In the women’s trap event San Marino’s Alessandra Perilli qualified to the final and won the first quota after hitting 14 targets in the semifinal. This is San Marino’s first Olympic quota and this event is considered to be that country’s best chance at winning their first Olympic medal. The other spot in the final and the second Olympic quota had to go to a shoot-out as four different shooters hit 13 targets. In the end it was Italy’s Silvana Stanco that won the shootout hitting six targets. In the final Stanco defeated Perilli with a score of 11-10.

The men’s trap had a tie to qualify for the finals with three shooters all scoring 14 hits in the semifinal. In an unusual event two different shootouts were required. The first shootout only lasted one shot as Croatia’s Josip Glasnovic was able to hit the first target, but both Czech Republic’s David Kostelecky and Turkey’s Oguzhan Tuzun missed. The second shootout also lasted one shot as it was Kostelecky who hit his target this time with Tuzun missing for the second time. Croatia and the Czech Republic won the two quotas. In the final Kostelecky defeated Glasnovic 14-12.

In the men’s double trap Italy’s Marco Innocenti scored a perfect 30 hits in the semifinal qualifying Italy’s second quota for this event. Vasily Mosin of Russia gained the second available quota by reaching the final with a score of 28. Mosin however was able to take the overall title defeating Innocenti 26-25.

The women’s skeet was an all Italian affair with the top three shooters in the semifinal being Italian. Specifically it was Diana Bacosi and Chiara Cainero reaching the final and qualifying Italy two more quotas for the Olympics. As a reminder the athletes do not qualify directly it is up to the National Olympic Committee to choose who gets to compete so Katiuscia Spada whom finished third still has a chance to compete at the Olympics. In the final Bacosi defeated Cainero 13-10.

The first quota in the men’s skeet went to Jesper Hansen of Denmark whom reached the final by scoring a perfect 16 in the semifinals. The second quota went to third place Andreas Chasikos of Cyprus because France’s Anthony Terras already obtained a quota for France during the 2014 World Championships. In the final Terras defeated Hansen 26-25.

The next shotgun World Cup will not be for another month, but it will be interesting to see what happens. With a bunch of top European shooters now qualified will we see another shift towards non-European nations outperforming European nations or will things start to equilibrate? Looking at the top performers from this World Cup Europe seems likely to take the majority of the spots, but nations like Australia, China and United States will be looking to expand their qualified quotas.

Quotas by Nation

  • Italy – 4
  • Croatia – 1
  • Cyprus – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Denmark – 1
  • Russia – 1
  • San Marino – 1