Pan Am Qualification Tournament for Rio 2016 – Day 2: USA and Dominican Republic take 3 places
PANAM Qualification Tournament 2016 for the Games
10-11 March 2016
Day 2 – Report
A total of 16 athletes from 11 countries secured a place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this week during the Pan American Qualification Tournament which was one of the most tightly contested tournaments of the year reflecting the strength of taekwondo in the Pan American region.
The Qualification Tournament took place on 10-11 March at the state of the Gimnasio Olimpico IDEA in Aguascalientes, Mexico and attracted 85 elite athletes from 26 countries. The USA and Dominican Republic each won three qualification places at the tournament and Colombia secured two places while eight other countries returned home with one qualification place each. Among the list of qualified countries was Aruba which secured Olympic qualification in taekwondo for the very first time.
There are now 55 countries that have qualified for Rio 2016.
WTF President Chungwon Choue said:“The Pan-American Qualification Tournament was a wonderful event and really reminded us all just how competitive taekwondo is in the Americas. With eleven countries securing Olympic qualification, including Aruba for the first time in their history, we can be proud of the work we have done in developing the sport in the region but we know there is still room for further growth.
“Taekwondo is truly a sport for all and is practised by millions of people globally. There are already 55 countries that have secured Olympic qualification for Rio 2016 and there will be many more after the Asian Qualification Tournament next month. I have no doubt that the millions of taekwondo fans around the world can expect a thrilling and truly global Olympic competition in Rio.”
The Pan-American Qualification Tournament was the penultimate Qualification Tournament to take place before this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. A total of 128 taekwondo athletes will compete in Rio, with 108 having already qualified. 48 elite fighters won quota places for Rio 2016 at the end of last year via ranking points accrued in WTF tournaments, most notably in the World Championships and Grand Prix series, 56 have qualified via the four Continental Qualification Tournaments and Olympic hosts Brazil were automatically granted four places. The Asian Continental Qualification Tournament, which will take place in Manila, Philippines on 16-17 April, will offer 16 qualification places and the final four places will then be allocated as wild cards.
Day 2 – Final Podiums
Category: Seniors Female A -67
1st MC PHERSON, PAIGE USA NATIONAL TEAM USA
2nd PAGNOTTA, MELISSA CANADA NATIONAL TEAM CAN
3rd ARNOLDT, ALEXIS ARGENTINA NATIONAL TEAM ARG
3rd DUMAR, KATHERINE COLOMBIA NATIONAL TEAM COL
Category: Seniors Female A +67
1st RODRIGUEZ, KATHERINE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DOM
2nd WEEKES, CRYSTAL PUERTO RICO NATIONAL TEAM PUR
3rd AVILA, KEYLA HONDURAS NATIONAL TEAM HON
3rd HERNANDEZ HORTA, GLENHIS CUBA NATIONAL TEAM CUB
Category: Seniors Male A -58
1st PIE, LUIS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DOM
2nd MUNOZ, OSCAR COLOMBIA NATIONAL TEAM COL
3rd CONGO CARCELEN, LEYNER ECUADOR NATIONAL TEAM ECU
3rd OVIEDO, HEINER COSTA RICA NATIONAL TEAM CRC
Category: Seniors Male A -68
1st CONTRERAS, EDGAR VENEZUELA NATIONAL TEAM VEN
2nd MORALES, IGNACIO CHILE NATIONAL TEAM CHI
3rd POTVIN, MAXIME CANADA NATIONAL TEAM CAN
3rd TREJOS, MIGUEL ANGEL COLOMBIA NATIONAL TEAM COL
Day 1 – Report
USA took 2 places as Peru, Aruba, Panama, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Cuba grabbed 1 ticket after the first day of action was completed at Pan Am Qualification Tournament for Rio 2016, which kicked off yesterday in the Mexican city of Aguascalientes with a total of 16 places to be assigned.
The heroes for USA on Thursday were no other than 2004 Olymic champion Steven Lopez, who defeated Cuban Cobas by 4-3 in the Men’s -80 kg Semi-final and Hernandez from Dominican Republic by 3-0 in the gold medal match to secure his presence in Rio, and Stepen Lamdin, who clinched the silver medal in Men’s +80 kg after getting rid of Canadian Bergeron in the Semi-final by a close 2-1.
Dominican Hernandez took the second place in Men’s -80 kg after edging the reigning Olympic champion, Sebastian Crismanich from Argentina, by 2-1 in the other Semi-final of the draw. The other ticket in Men’s +80 was grabbed by Rafael Castillo from Cuba, who proved to be stronger than Smit from Aruba in Semis (13-5) and climbed to the top of the podium after beating Lamdbin by withdrawal.
In Women’s -49 kg, Lizbeth Diez from Peru booked a flight to Rio 2016 after grabbing the gold medal against Pimentel from Aruba, the other qualified for the Olympics and whom she defeated by 2-1. Diez had previously beat Strambaligh from Puerto Rico by 4-3 in the Semis, while Pimentel had to get rid of Dominican Marte in the other side of the draw to secure her place.
In Women’s -57 kg, Carolena Carstens from Panama proved to be the strongest athlete of the draw after smashing Doris Patiño from Colombia by 10-0 in the gold medal match. They both secured a place in the upcoming Olympic Tournament by respectively edging Martinez from Venezuela by 1-0 and Nuñez from Cuba by superiority.
Round by round results: click HERE
Day 1 – Final Podiums
Category: Seniors Female A -49 – Competitors: 13
1st 55 DIEZ CANSECO VERDE, LIZBETH PERU NATIONAL TEAM PER
2nd 5 PIMENTEL – RODRIGUEZ, MONICA ARUBA NATIONAL TEAM ARU
3rd 81 MARTE, CANDELARIA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DOM
3rd 58 STAMBAUGH, VICTORIA PUERTO RICO NATIONAL TEAM PUR
Category: Seniors Female A -57 – Competitors: 10
1st 52 CARSTENS, CAROLENA PANAMA NATIONAL TEAM PAN
2nd 19 PATIÑO, DORIS COLOMBIA NATIONAL TEAM COL
3rd 75 MARTINEZ, ADRIANA VENEZUELA NATIONAL TEAM VEN
3rd 86 NUNEZ, YAMICEL CUBA NATIONAL TEAM CUB
Category: Seniors Male A -80 – Competitors: 12
1st 73 LOPEZ, STEVEN USA NATIONAL TEAM USA
2nd 80 HERNANDEZ, MOISES DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DOM
3rd 84 COBAS, ANGEL JOSE CUBA NATIONAL TEAM CUB
3rd 3 CRISMANICH, SEBASTIAN ARGENTINA NATIONAL TEAM ARG
Category: Seniors Male A +80 – Competitors: 12
1st 85 ALBA CASTILLO, YUNIER RAFAEL CUBA NATIONAL TEAM CUB
2nd 74 LAMBDIN, STEPHEN USA NATIONAL TEAM USA
3rd 7 SMIT, STUART ARUBA NATIONAL TEAM ARU
3rd 13 BERGERON, MARC ANDRE CANADA NATIONAL TEAM CAN