Azerbaijan secured a place in the London Olympics
Azerbaijan’s Farida Azizova has won a place for her country in the 2012 London Olympic Games Taekwondo Competition.
In the first day of the “2011 WTF World Qualification Tournament for London Olympic Games”, Azerbaijan’s female -67kg athlete Azizova beat Canada’s Karine Sergerie in the quarterfinals and afterwards won against Elin Johansson (Sweden), making it to the final.
In this tournament, the first three athletes of each category can secure a place for their country in the Olympic Games.
Sergerie, who lost against Azizova in the quarterfinals, occupies the third place in the WTF World Ranking, being one of the participants with the highest ranking in this tournament. Korea’s Kyung-Sun Hwang, 1st in this category’s ranking and 2008 gold medalist was eliminated in the national team qualifier for the World Qualification Tournament. Great Britain’s Sarah Stevenson, second in the World Ranking, did not participate in this tournament as she had been automatically qualified for the Olympic Games for belonging to host country.
The Sarhadchi Olympic Center was filled with cheers and joy when Azizova’s fellows saw her win over Sergerie and then Johansson in the semifinals, obtaining a participation in the 2012 London Olympic Games for Azerbaijan, this tournament’s host country.
In the final match, Azizova lost against Mi-Kyung Kim by only point obtaining 2nd place.
The World Qualification Tournament will run through July 3rd, 2011.
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