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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Sailing: Final Qualifiers Decided After Princess Sofia Trophy

The final qualification event in sailing has concluded with the 2016 Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta. The event was a continental qualifier for both Africa and Europe. In Africa the five remaining continental events were decided, namely the men’s finn, women’s 470, men’s 49er, women’s 49erFX and mixed Nacra17 where the top ranked eligible boat qualified to the Olympics. For Europe all ten events had quotas up for grabs. The men’s RS:X, men’s laser and women’s laser radial quotas went to the two highest ranked eligible nations while the highest ranked eligible boat in the other seven events qualified to the Olympics. The Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta was held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain from March 25th to April 2nd 2016.

Reallocation was the big theme in the African qualifiers as no African nation competed in the women’s 470, men’s 49er and women’s 49erFX. The boats were reallocated to the next best nation at the 2015 World Championships, specifically, Switzerland, Belgium and Ireland respectively. The mixed Nacra17 went to Tunisia as they were the only African boat competing while the men’s finn went to four-time laser Olympian Allan Julie of the Seychelles.

The European qualifiers were quite split with only Hungary winning two quotas in the women’s RS:X and women’s laser radial. Also qualifying in the women’s laser radial is Portugal’s Sara Carmo whom did just enough to finish ahead of Switzerland’s Maud Jayet. The two nations which qualified in the men’s RS:X were Croatia and Belarus while the two which qualified in the men’s laser were Russia and the Czech Republic.

Finland’s boat in the women’s 49erFX not only qualified to the Olympics, but also reached the medal race though they would go to finish ninth overall. Sweden was the only eligible nation whom reached the gold fleet in the men’s 49er and thus qualified. Two disqualifications for Sweden in the Nacra17 ultimately cost them the Olympic quota as Greece finished ahead of them by an 18 point margin. In the men’s Finn it was Turkey’s Alican Kaynar whom did just enough to qualify over the Czech Republic and Russian boats. Israel qualified in the women’s 470 by reaching the medal race and finishing an overall ninth place. The closest match for Olympic qualification was in the men’s 470 as Italy and the Ukraine finished leveled on points. Ukraine would be given the quota since they had a better best result than Italy (a second place vs. a sixth place).

In the overall races New Zealand was the only nation in which they won two events, the men’s laser and men’s finn. Other gold medalists include Australia (men’s 470), Finland (women’s laser radial), France (mixed Nacra17), Great Britain (men’s RS:X), Ireland (men’s 49er), Netherlands (women’s 49erFX), Poland (women’s 470) and Russia (women’s RS:X).

This was the final qualification event in sailing. All that is left is for all nations to confirm their quotas and assign sailors. Also two tripartite invitations each will be given out in the men’s laser and women’s laser radial to nations expected to send small teams. Overall 62 nations have qualified at least one boat to the Olympics.

 

Boats by Nations

  • Hungary – 2
  • Belarus – 1
  • Belgium – 1
  • Croatia – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Finland – 1
  • Greece – 1
  • Ireland – 1
  • Israel – 1
  • Portugal – 1
  • Russia – 1
  • Seychelles – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Switzerland – 1
  • Tunisia – 1
  • Turkey – 1
  • Ukraine – 1

 

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Boxing: 13 Nations Qualify After African Championship

13 nations qualified at least one athlete at the 2016 African Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament. The three highest ranked male boxers along with the highest ranked female boxer qualified to the Olympics. The African Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Yaounde, Cameroon from March 11th to March 19th 2016.

Overall 181 athletes from 30 nations competed in 10 men’s and 3 women’s weight classes. The first day of finals saw the result of six men’s events. Cameroon and Morocco led the day by qualifying in three events each. Cameroon won the gold medal in the men’s light flyweight (-49kg) and middleweight (-75kg) also 2008 Olympian Mahaman Smaila will return to the Olympics in the men’s light welterweight (-64kg). Despite not winning events on the first day of finals Morocco qualified in the men’s bantamweight (-56kg), light welterweight and middleweight. Tunisia won the men’s bantamweight and qualified in the men’s heavyweight (-91kg), Namibia won the men’s lightwelterweight and qualified in the light flyweight, Algeria won the men’s light heavyweight (-81kg) and qualified in the heavyweight and Mauritius won the men’s heavyweight and qualified in the middleweight. Other qualifiers included Egypt in the light heavyweight, Lesotho in the bantamweight, South Africa in the light flyweight and Uganda in the light heavyweight.

Morocco swept the women’s events by winning gold in all three events and claiming the three quotas. In the women’s flyweight (-51kg) Zohra Ez-Zahraoui defeated Nigeria’s Caroline Linus, in the lightweight (-60kg) Hasnaa Lachgar defeated Tunisia’s Hlimi Khouloud and in the middleweight (-75kg) Khadija El Mardi defeated Cameroon’s Azangue Yannicke.

On the second day of finals for men Algeria was the big winner for Olympic quotas despite not winning an event. Algeria qualified in the men’s flyweight (-52kg) with 2015 World Championship bronze medalist Mohamed Flissi, the lightweight (-60kg) and the welterweight (-69kg). Egypt won gold in the lightweight and also qualified in the welterweight. The other gold medalists were Kenya in the welterweight, Nigeria in the super heavyweight (+91kg) and South Africa in the flyweight. Other nations which qualified to the Olympics included Morocco in the super heavyweight, Seychelles in the lightweight, Tunisia in the super heavyweight and Uganda in the flyweight.

As a reminder South Africa has a policy of not accepting quotas won at the continental level, therefore should they decline the quotas they would be reallocated to Kenya in the light flyweight and Lesotho in the flyweight. There are still a few more opportunities for African nations to qualify their athletes to the Olympics.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Morocco – 7
  • Algeria – 5
  • Cameroon – 3
  • Egypt – 3
  • Tunisia – 3
  • Mauritius – 2
  • Namibia – 2
  • South Africa – 2
  • Uganda – 2
  • Kenya – 1
  • Lesotho – 1
  • Nigeria – 1
  • Seychelles – 1

 

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Sailing: Four Nations Qualify After African Championship

Four nations were able to qualify boats based on their performance at the 2015 African Sailing Championships. The championship contained four Olympic events where the top two highest ranked eligible boats in the men’s laser, women’s laser radial and men’s RS:X along with the highest ranked boat in the women’s RS:X were given spots to compete. The African Sailing Championship was held in Algiers, Algeria from December 4th to December 11th 2015.

In the men’s RS:X a total of 13 boats from 5 nations competed. After a relatively poor first race Algeria’s Hamza Bouras was able to win six out of the twelve races on route to gold and a quota for his nation. Second place was decided in the final race where Algeria’s Zakaria Belaidouni finished ahead of Seychelles’ Jean-Marc Gardette. However, a nation can only have one boat per event so the Olympic quota went to the Seychelles.

Katia Belabbas was in a league of her own in the women’s RS:X as she won all twelve races to win the gold medal and Olympic quota. Algeria completed the sweep in the two nation, four boat regatta as compatriots Faiza Matallah and Sara Hammaoui won the silver and bronze medal respectively.

The women’s laser radial had a total of 8 boats from 5 nations. The regatta was constantly a fight between Algeria’s Imene Sahraoui, Egypt’s Khlouloud Mansi and Tunisia’s Ines Gmati. For almost all of the ten races the three sailors occupied the top three positions. By the time the final race occurred only two points separated the three sailors. Ines Gmati was able to win the final race followed by Mansi and Sahraoui. This led to a three way tie at 18 points. Using the tie-breaker Gmati and Sahraoui won the gold and silver medals and Olympic spots respectively.

The men’s laser race had a total of 10 boats from 6 nations. The gold medal went to Tunisia’s Youssef Akrout whom won nine out of the ten races. However, he did not win an Olympic place since he already won one for his nation back at the 2014 World Championship. Seychelles was already guaranteed a quota spot before the final race as only Rodney Govinden could catch his compatriot Allan Julie. The race for the final spot was between Algeria’s Idris Bouhadda, Angola’s Manuel Lelo and Egypt’s Ahmed Ragab. Bouhadda was penalized for starting over the start line, effectively ending his chances. Lelo needed to finish two spots ahead of Ragab to win the quota and did well by finishing in second, but a third place finish by Ragab was enough to give him the second quota. Julie ended up with the bronze medal due to capsizing in the final race meaning his compatriot Govinden finished ahead of him after placing fourth in the final race.

This was the final opportunity for African nations to qualify in these four sailing events. The next African championship will be the men’s 470 to be held in 2016. The other five events will be held in during the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Algeria – 3
  • Seychelles – 2
  • Egypt – 1
  • Tunisia – 1

 

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