Taekwondo: Tripartite Quotas Announced

Update: Change in tripartite quota.

The World Taekwondo Federation has revealed its four tripartite quotas. Central African Republic’s’s David Boui will compete in the men’s -68kg, Aniya Louissant of Haiti will compete in the women’s -67kg, Nepal’s Nisha Rawal will compete in the women’s +67kg and Miguel Ferrera of Honduras will compete in the men’s -80kg. We now know all of the quotas which will compete in taekwondo.


Quotas by Nations

  • Central African Republic – 1
  • Haiti – 1
  • Honduras – 1
  • Nepal – 1




Taekwondo: 10 Nations Qualify After Asian Qualifers

Kazakhstan led all nations by qualifying three at the end of the 2016 Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament. The top two athletes from each event qualified their nation to the Olympics. As a reminder a nation can only attempt to qualify a maximum of two athletes per gender at this stage provided they haven’t qualified any previously. The Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Pasay, Philippines from April 16th to April 17th 2016.

The first day had four events. The women’s -49kg was won by Chinese Taipei’s Huang Huai-Hsuan whom defeated Kazakhstan’s Ainur Yesbergenova 3-1. In the women’s +67kg 2014 Asian Games gold medalist Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia qualified to the Olympics after defeating Tajikistan’s Mokhru Khalimoca while Philippines’ Kirstie Alora created an upset over Iran’s Akram Khodabandeh. Seavmey defeated Alora 5-0 in the finals. In the men’s -80kg it was 2015 World Championship -74kg silver medalist Nikita Rafalovich whom won the event over Chinese Taipei’s Liu Wei-Ting in a narrow 1-0 match. The men’s +80kg was won by China’s Qiao Sen whom defeated Kazakhstan’s Ruslan Zhaparov 2-0.

On the second day of events women’s -57kg 2015 World Championship bronze medalist Kimia Alizadeh of Iran booked her spot to the Olympics as she went on to win the entire event over Thailand’s Phannapa Harnsujin 3-2. In the women’s -67kg Kazakhstan’s Cansel Deniz defeated Uzbekistan’s Nigora Tursunkulova 4-1 in the final as both athletes qualified their nations. The men’s -58kg had a withdrawal in the final where Thailand’s Tawin Hanprab withdrew due to injury. He still qualifies his nation to the Olympics along with China’s Zhao Shuai. The men’s -68kg was dominated by Jordan’s Ahmad Abu-Ghaush whom won by double digits in three out of his four matches including the final where he defeated Mongolia’s Purevjavyn Temuujin 14-2.

This was the final opportunity for athletes to qualify in the sport of taekwondo. All that is remaining is for the tripartite commission to decide the final four spots. The tripartite commission invites athletes of nations which are expected to field small teams to participate in certain sports.


Quotas by Nations

  • Kazakhstan – 3
  • China – 2
  • Chinese Taipei -2
  • Thailand – 2
  • Uzbekistan – 2
  • Cambodia – 1
  • Iran – 1
  • Jordan – 1
  • Mongolia – 1
  • Philippines – 1



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



Taekwondo: Four Nations Reach Olympics After Oceania Qualifier

Australia won the maximum quota as four nations qualify at the 2016 Oceania Taekwondo Qualification Tournament. The winner of each weight class qualified to the Olympics. As a rule in taekwondo nations can only send a maximum of two athletes per gender to the tournament provided they have not qualified any yet. The Oceania Taekwondo Qualification Tournament was held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on February 27th 2016.

Sisters Caroline and Carmen Marton of Australia both qualified in the women’s -57kg and -67kg events respectively while Carman’s husband, Khalil Safwan qualified in the men’s -58kg. The Australian team was rounded up by Hayder Shkara whom defeated New Zealand’s Vaughn Scott in the final.

Another family duo qualified from Papua New Guinea as Samantha Kassman and her nephew Maxamillion Kassman both qualified in the women’s +67kg and men’s -68kg events respectively. To encourage more refugees to take part at the Olympics Afghanistan refugee Arash Arian took part in the men’s -68kg event, but lost to Kassman in the first round.

The largest upset of the tournament came at the final of the men’s +80kg where Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua defeated New Zealand’s Dafydd Sanders in the finals in order to qualify to the Olympics. The final Olympic spot went to New Zealand’s Andrea Kilday whom defeated Papua New Guinea’s Rose Mary Tona in the women’s -49kg final.

This was the final opportunity to qualify to the Olympics for athletes in the Oceania region. The remaining continents will have their qualification tournament over the coming weeks.


Quotas by Nations

  • Australia – 4
  • Papua New Guinea – 2
  • New Zealand – 1
  • Tonga – 1



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



Taekwondo: European Nations Qualify After European Qualifying Event

13 nations were able to qualify one athlete at the 2016 European Olympic Qualification Tournament. The two finalists from each of the eight events qualified to the Olympics. This was also the first event in which refugees could attempt to qualify under the Olympic banner. Nations were only allowed to send two athletes per gender to this event, minus any qualified through the world rankings. The European Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Istanbul, Turkey from January 16th to January 17th 2016.

Four events were held on the first day. In the men’s -58kg it was former world junior champion and current European Games silver medalist Jesus Tortsa of Spain which grabbed the first quota though he was made to work for it as he narrowly defeated Meisam Rafiei of Iceland and required a comeback to win over Serbia’s Milos Gladovic in the semi-final. A last second comeback was also required for Israel’s Ron Attias to win the second quota as he was able to deliver a quick kick before time expired. Attias defeated Tortsa in the final 3-2.

The men’s -68kg was dominated by Poland’s Karol Robak whom won all four of his matches by double digits to secure his nation a spot in the event. The other semi-final match was a repeat match from the 2012 European Qualification Tournament between Serbia’s Damir Fejzic and Croatia’s Filip Grgic. This time Grgic was able to get some form of revenge for his loss as he was able to secure Olympic qualification for his nation by winning the match 16-9.

Two former 2012 Olympians met in the semi-final of the women’s -67kg event. The match was between Farida Azizova of Azerbaijan and Slovenia’s Franka Anic. In a very defensive minded match both athletes finished scoreless. The match would be decided by the judges where Azizova won through superiority. The second semi-final was won by Germany’s Rabia Gulec whom defeated Moldova’s Ana Ciuchitu 5-3. Azizova won the tournament winning narrowly 1-0against Gulec.

The surprise performance of the day went to Norway’s Tina Skaar in the women’s +67kg. She was able to defeat world bronze medalists Nafia Kus and Olga Ivanova to secure her nation a spot at the Olympics. The second Olympic quota went to the Netherlands as Reshmie Oogink only had to defeat a single opponent due to getting a bye in the first round. She defeated 2012 Olympian Nusa Rajher of Slovenia 7-1 to reach the finals. Skaar would win the tournament with a 4-1 win over Oogink.

On the second day the other four events were played out to completion. In the men’s -80kg it was Poland’s Piotr Pazinski and Azerbaijan’s Milad Beigi whom won quotas for their nations with semi-final victories over Richard Ordermann of Norway and Yunus Sari of Turkey respectively. Beigi won the final over Pazinski in a 14-2 blowout.

Italy’s Carlo Molfetta will not be able to defend his Olympic title as he lost in the semi-finals to Great Britain’s Mahama Cho. The second quota went to Belarus where Arman-Marshall Silla defeated Slovenia’s Ivan Trajkovic 7-5 to reach the final. Cho won the tournament over Silla by a score of 4-2.

The women’s -49kg saw 2015 World -46kg silver medalist Iryna Romoldanova of Ukraine lose a narrow 3-1 match to Azerbaijan’s Patimat Abakarova whom qualified her nation to the Olympics. The second quota went to Serbia as Tijana Bogdanovic defeated Italy’s Erica Nicoli 11-4. Abakoarova won the final match over Boganovic 6-5.

While three refugees competed in the tournament the only one seen with a chance at qualifying was Raheleh Asemani, an Iran citizen and 2010 Asian Games silver medalist currently living in Belgium. Asemani lived up to the expectation as she won the entire -57kg tournament and qualified to the Olympics. Joining her was Finland’s Suvi Mikkonen whom defeated Germany’s Anna-Lena Fromming 9-8 in the semi-finals to book her nation a spot.

This was the final opportunity for European nations to qualify to the Olympics. The other continents will have their opportunity to qualify over the coming months.


Quotas by Nations

  • Azerbaijan – 3
  • Poland – 2
  • Belarus – 1
  • Croatia – 1
  • Finland – 1
  • Germany – 1
  • Great Britain – 1
  • Individual Olympic Athletes – 1
  • Israel – 1
  • Netherlands – 1
  • Norway – 1
  • Poland – 1
  • Serbia – 1
  • Spain – 1




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