The final European taekwondo quotas were decided today at the European Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament. The two finalists in the four events completed today obtained quotas for their nation, the final was not played. The event was held in Sofia, Bulgaria from May 7th to May 8th 2021.
The men’s +80kg saw quotas being awarded to North Macedonia where Dejan Georgievski won his quota by defeating the defending Olympic champion Radik Isayev of Azerbaijan 13-6 in the semi-finals. The other quota was won by Croatia’s Ivan Sapina whom won against Turkey’s Emre Kutalmis Atesli in a narrow 14-13 match.
In the women’s +67kg event, it was France’s Althea Laurin whom won the first quota where she easily won 15-1 against Germany’s Lorena Brandl. The second quota went to the Netherlands’ Reshmie Oogink, the 2017 World Championship bronze medalist in the -73kg event where she defeated Austria’s Marlene Jahl 8-5 in the semi-finals.
2021 European Championship gold medalist Hakan Recber of Turkey moved up from the -63kg weight class to qualify in the men’s -68kg by defeating Bulgaria’s Vladimir Dalakliev, the 2017 World Championship bronze medalist 10-9. Similarly, 2021 European silver medalist Nedzad Husic of Bosnia and Herzegovina moved down from the -74kg weight class to grab the second quota by winning against Israel’s Nimrod Krivishkiy 29-7 in the semi-finals.
The final event of the day, the women’s -57kg saw Greece’s Fani Tzeli defeat 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Kimia Alizadeh, the Iranian turned refugee 3-1 to secure the quota. The second quota was won by 2018 European Championship bronze medalist Patrycja Adamkiewicz of Poland whom won against Finland’s Suvi Mikkonen 32-0 in the semi-finals.
This was the final opportunity for European athletes to qualify in these weight classes. The final continental qualifier will be in Asia, scheduled to be held next week.