Taekwondo: Asian Qualification Wraps Up With Seven Nations Obtaining Quotas

The final day of the 2021 Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament saw seven nations grab the eight quotas available. The two finalists in the men’s -58kg and +80kg and women’s -57kg and +67kg qualified to the games. The final was not held. The Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Amman, Jordan from May 21st to May 22nd 2021.

The only nation to win two quotas today was Kazakhstan thanks to the performance of 2018 Asian Games bronze medalist Ruslan Zhaparov in the men’s +80kg and 2018 Asian Games silver medalist Cansel Deniz in the women’s +67kg. Joining them in those events are China’s Sun Hongyi and 2018 Asian Games bronze medalist Svetlana Osipova of Uzbekistan respectively.

Thailand’s Ramnarong Sawekwiharee moved up to an Olympic weight class to qualify in the men’s -58kg. He won bronze in the men’s -54kg at the 2017 World Championships. He will be joined by the Philippines’ Kurt Barbosa. Similarly, Iran’s Nahid Kiani, bronze medalist at the 2018 Asian Games in the women’s -49kg moved up a weight class to qualify in the women’s -57kg. She will be joined by Chinese Taipei’s Lo Chia-ling,

This was the final opportunity for nations to qualify in taekwondo. All that remains is for nations to accept their quotas and for the tripartite commission to select their invitations.

Qualified Nations

Men’s -58kg
* Philippines
* Thailand

Men’s +80kg
* China
* Kazakhstan

Women’s -57kg
* Chinese Taipei
* Iran

Women’s +67kg
* Kazakhstan
* Uzbekistan

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