European Qualification Tournament for Rio 2016 – Day 2: Report and Complete Results
European Qualification Tournament for Rio 2016 Olympic Games
16-17 January 2016
Round by round results. Day 1 / Day 2
Day 2 – Report
The 8 remaining European tickets for Rio 2016 were awarded on Sunday in Istanbul after the second day of the Qualification Tournament was completed with the Women¡s -49 and -57 and Men’s -80 and +80 kg divisions in action.
Patimat Abakarova (Azerbaijan) and Tijana Bogdanovic (Serbia) were the two athletes to realize their Olympic dream in the Women’s -49 kg category. Abakarova defeated Romoldanova from Ukraine in the first Semi-final by 3-1 to secure her presence in the biggest sports event on the planet, while Bogdanovic had to beat Nicoli from Italy by 11-4 on the other side of the draw to reach the final. In the crucial fight, Abakarova proved to be stronger to climb to the top of the podium (6-5).
In Women’s -57 kg, the two available tickets were taken by Raheleh Asemani, a refugee athlete competing under the WTF flag and training in Belgium, and Suvi Mikkonen from Finland, who respectively got rid of Magnus (NOR) by 1-0 and Froemming by 9-8 to reach the final and book two more tickets to Rio. In the big final, the WTF representative was more precise than Mikkonen, managing to taste gold after winning the match by 7-4.
In Men’s -80 kg, Milad Beigi Harchegani (AZE) and Piotr Pazinski from Poland were the lucky ones to see their Olympic dream become true after respectively edging Sari from Turkey by 10-1 and Ordemann from Norway by 9-3 in the Semis. In the crucial fight, the Azerbaijani smashed his opponent to grab gold by 14-2.
The last two athletes to put booth feet in Rio were Mahama Cho (GBR) and Armand-Marshall Silla from Belarus, the two finalists of the Men’s +80 kg division. Cho defeated the reigning Olympic champion Carlo Molfetta (ITA) in the first Semi by 11-3, while Silla struggled a bit more to beat Trajkovic from Slovenia on the other side of the draw by 7-5. In the gold medal match, Cho proved to be the strongest athlete in the category and climbed to the top of the podium after getting rid of Silla by 4-2.
Day 2 – Final Podiums
Category: Seniors Female A -49 – Competitors: 17
1st 13 ABAKAROVA, PATIMAT AZERBAIJAN NATIONAL TEAM AZE – RIO 2016 Access
2nd 110 BOGDANOVIC, TIJANA SERBIA NATIONAL TEAM SRB – RIO 2016 Access
3rd 128 ROMOLDANOVA, IRYNA UKRAINE NATIONAL TEAM UKR
4th 70 NICOLI, ERICA ITALY NATIONAL TEAM ITA
Category: Seniors Female A -57 – Competitors: 19
1st 133 ASEMANI, RAHELEH WORLD TAEKWONDO REFUGEE TE WTF – RIO 2016 Access
2nd 42 MIKKONEN, SUVI FINLAND NATIONAL TEAM FIN – RIO 2016 Access
3rd 93 MAGNUS, MARIE NORWAY NATIONAL TEAM NOR
4th 51 FROEMMING, ANNA-LENA GERMANY NATIONAL TEAM GER
Category: Seniors Male A -80 – Competitors: 17
1st 15 BEIGI HARCHEGANI, MILAD AZERBAIJAN NATIONAL TEAM AZE – RIO 2016 Access
2nd 100 PAZINSKI, PIOTR POLAND NATIONAL TEAM POL – RIO 2016 Access
3rd 127 SARI, YUNUS TURKEY NATIONAL TEAM TUR
4th 95 ORDEMANN, RICHARD ANDRE NORWAY NATIONAL TEAM NOR
Category: Seniors Male A +80 – Competitors: 13
1st 53 CHO, MAHAMA GREAT BRITAIN NATIONAL TEAM GBR – RIO 2016 Access
2nd 19 SILLA, ARMAN-MARSHALL BELARUS NATIONAL TEAM BLR – RIO 2016 Access
3rd 73 MOLFETTA, CARLO ITALY NATIONAL TEAM ITA
4th 119 TRAJKOVIC, IVAN SLOVENIA NATIONAL TEAM SLO
Day 1 – Report
Farida Azizova (Azerbaijan) and Rabia Guelec (Germany) in Women’s -67 kg, Tina Skaar (Norway) and Reshmie Oogink (Netherlands) in Women’s +67 kg, Ron Atias (Israel) and Jesus Tortosa (Spain) in Men’s -58 kg and Karol Robak (Poland) and Filip Grgic (Croatia) in Men’s -68 kg, were the first 8 athletes to taste glory in Istanbul 2016 Qualification Tournament for the Rio Olympic Games after taking the first two steps on the final podiums of the categories completed on Sunday, confirming a new ticket for their NOC’s to be present in the biggest sports event on the planet next August.
Azizova made her way to the W-67 Final and took a ticket for Rio after getting rid of Franka Anic from Serbia in the Semis by superiority, while Guelec defeated Ciuchitu from Moldova in the same round by 5-3 to see her Olympic dream become a reality. In the big final, Azizova proved to be stronger than Guelec and clinched the gold medal of the event after connecting a precise kick in the extra time (1-0 through golden point).
Skaar secured the first ticket for Norway after beating no other than Olga Ivanova from Russia, world champion in Puebla 2013, by 1-0 in the W+67 Semis, while Oogink did the same after smashing Rajher from Slovenia in the other part of the draw by 7-1. After achieving their goal in the event and with their ticket to Rio in the pockets, they fought for the gold medal in an exciting match that ended with 4-1 for the Norwegian on the scoreboard.
In Men’s -58 kg, Ron Atias, seeded as number 7 in the draw and who was not among the favourites to fly to Rio next August, climbed to the top of the podium after edging Woolley from Ireland in an spectacular Semi-final which ended 12-10 and the reigning Junior world champion Jesus Tortosa (SPA) in the final by 3-2 thans to a golden point. Tortosa had previously realized his Olympic dream after getting rid of Milos Gladovic from Serbia by 4-3 in the other Semi.
The last two passes for Rio 2016 were taken by Karol Robak from Poland, who defeated Pantar from Slovenia in the first Semi-final of the M-68 draw by a comfortable 16-6, and Filip Grgic from Croatia, who beat the Serbian Fejzic on the other side of the draw by 16-9 to achieve his life dream. In the big final, Robak took the gold after smashing Grgic by 22-7.
Day 1 – Final Podiums (2 first ranked athletes qualify NOC for Rio 2016)
Category: Seniors Female A -67 – Competitors: 17
1st 14 AZIZOVA, FARIDA AZERBAIJAN NATIONAL TEAM AZE – RIO 2016 Access
2nd 52 GÜLEÇ, RABIA GERMANY NATIONAL TEAM GER – RIO 2016 Access
3rd 116 ANIC, FRANKA SLOVENIA NATIONAL TEAM SLO
4th 83 CIUCHITU, ANA MOLDOVA NATIONAL TEAM MDA
Category: Seniors Female A +67 – Competitors: 7
1st 94 SKAAR, TINA NORWAY NATIONAL TEAM NOR – RIO 2016 Access
2nd 90 OOGINK, RESHMIE NETHERLANDS NATIONAL TEAM NED – RIO 2016 Access
3rd 107 IVANOVA, OLGA RUSSIA NATIONAL TEAM RUS
4th 117 RAJHER, NUSA SLOVENIA NATIONAL TEAM SLO
Category: Seniors Male A -58 – Competitors: 15
1st 68 ATIAS, RON ISRAEL NATIONAL TEAM ISR – RIO 2016 Access
2nd 121 TORTOSA CABRERA, JESUS SPAIN NATIONAL TEAM ESP – RIO 2016 Access
3rd 64 WOOLLEY, JACK IRELAND NATIONAL TEAM IRL
4th 111 GLADOVIC, MILOS SERBIA NATIONAL TEAM SRB
Category: Seniors Male A -68 – Competitors: 25
1st 99 ROBAK, KAROL POLAND NATIONAL TEAM POL – RIO 2016 Access
2nd 28 GRGIC, FILIP CROATIA NATIONAL TEAM CRO – RIO 2016 Access
3rd 118 PANTAR, JURE SLOVENIA NATIONAL TEAM SLO
4th 112 FEJZIC, DAMIR SERBIA NATIONAL TEAM SRB