Secondary qualifier allocates five additional Olympic quotas

31 July 2015
Copenhagen (DEN)
Germany and Indonesia add men’s spot to women’s individual, while Austria, Italy and Poland take the three still at grasp for women.

A second-chance tournament was held on Friday morning at Sundby Idrætspark in Copenhagen for six recurve women and 13 men still eligible for three and two individual quotas for Rio 2016, respectively.

Re-seeded according to their qualification results, Semra Lingard , Laurence Balduff , Olga Senyuk , Karyna Dziominskaya , Guendalina Sartori  and Karina Lipiarska  competed in a bracket starting from the quarterfinals. Sartori and Lipiarska, as the two highest scorers out of the six on the ranking round, had a free pass into into the semifinal.

As there weren’t two archers from the same country represented, the gives was simple on the women’s side: reach the first-place match or win third place.

Pre-seeded into the semis, the Italian archer Sartori did the job beating 6-2 Azerbaijan’s Senyuk, who had defeated Australia’s Lingard previously in a shoot-off.

Sartori was imitated by Austria’s Baldauff, who had just before stopped Dziominskaya of Belarus from the race to Olympic quotas awarded in Copenhagen with a 6-2 win. Baldauff defeated Poland’s Lipiarska in her second match of the morning on the same score.

Italy and Austria had ensured their individual women’s ticket for Rio.

Lipsiarska and Senyuk thus remained for the last spot! Lipsiarska was up 4-0 after two sets but let her opponent stick back at 4-4. The Polish girl managed a perfect 30 in the crucial final set to clinch the last Olympic quota available for women in the Danish capital.

The men’s Olympic secondary tournament was to be even fiercer with only two tickets at stake among thirteen archers representing twelve different nations – Germany with two athletes still in the race: Md Ruman Shana , Guillermo Aguilar Gimpel , Casper Lauridsen , Florian Kahllund , Christian Weiss , Jon Choi , Riau Ega Agatha , Sadegh Ashrafi , Darren Wallace , Ernesto Horacio Boardman , Dan Olaru , Razvan Marcu  and Jonas Lennart Andersson .

This event began from the 1/16 phase and the two quota spots was for the two semifinal winners. The two German archers were seeded in the lower part of the match table, so if they both reached the semis the nation would ensure a quota.

Both pre-seeded into the second round – the quarterfinals – Kahllund and Weiss did the right thing with a victory over the athletes of DPR Korea and Ireland, respectively.

In the other half of the bracket Mexico’s Boardman and Indonesia’s Ega Agatha won two matches each to get into the crucial semifinal game. There was a draw at 3-3, and tension was high. But the last two sets fell into the hands of Indonesia and the Olympic spot with it!

All is now said after the primary Olympic qualifier held at the World Archery Championships 2015 in Copenhagen. Twenty-two nations are already represented for Rio 2016 Olympics.

Recurve women

Austria  - 1
Brazil  – 3
China  – 3
Chinese Taipei  – 1
Colombia  – 3
Georgia  – 3
Germany  – 1
India  – 3
Indonesia  – 1
Italy  - 1
Japan  – 3
Korea  – 3
Mexico  – 3
Poland  - 1
Russia  – 3
Ukraine  – 1
USA  – 1

Recurve men

Australia  – 3
Brazil  – 3
Canada  – 1
China  – 3
Chinese Taipei  – 3
Colombia  – 1
Germany  - 1
India  – 1
Indonesia  - 1
Italy  – 3
Japan  – 1
Korea  – 3
Netherlands  – 3
Spain  – 3
Ukraine  – 1
USA  – 3
Venezuela  – 1