Taekwondo: Day One of Pan American Olympic Qualifiers Adds Eight Athletes From Six Nations

Day one of the 2020 Pan American Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament saw six nations book their spot to the Olympics. The finalists in the men’s -68kg, men’s +80kg, women’s -57kg and women’s +67kg qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Pan American Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament is currently being held in San Jose, Costa Rica from March 11th to March 12th 2020.

Three out of the four 2019 Pan American Games gold medalists qualified with Brazil’s Edival Pontes, the United States’ Anastasija Zolotic and Mexico’s Briseida Acosta all qualifying their nation in the men’s -68kg, women’s -57kg and women’s +67kg respectively. The only Pan American Games gold medalist to fail to qualify was the United States’ Jonathan Healy whom lost to 2019 World Championship gold medalist Rafael Alba of Cuba in the semi-finals. World silver medalist Carlos Sansores of Mexico was the other athlete to qualify in the men’s +80kg.

The other athletes which qualified a quota for their nation includes the Dominican Republic’s Bernardo Pie and Katherine Rodriguez in the men’s -68kg and women’s +67kg respectively and Chile’s Fernanda Aguirre in the women’s -57kg.

The Pan American Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament continues tomorrow with quotas to be decided in the other four Olympic events.

Qualified Nations

Men’s -68kg
* Brazil
* Dominican Republic

Men’s +80kg
* Cuba
* Mexico

Women’s -57kg
* Chile
* United States

Women’s +67kg
* Dominican Republic
* Mexico

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