The official World Taekwondo Olympic Rankings has been published, allowing us to confirm which athletes have qualified their nation to the games. Athletes are able to collect points at eligible events over the past four years with a heavier weight being applied to more recent events. A nation may only qualify one athlete per event. The cut-off for the Olympic Rankings was December 2019.
Initially, the top five eligible athletes from each weight class qualified their nation to the Olympics. However, due to several athletes also qualifying through the Grand Slam Series Rankings, the sixth ranked eligible athlete in all events, except the women’s -57kg has also qualified.
Overall, the most successful nation was South Korea who qualified in six out of the eight events. Behind them was Great Britain who qualified five. Four quotas were awarded to China, Russia and Turkey while three went to Croatia and Spain. Cote d’Ivoire, Iran and Serbia qualified two quotas while Azerbaijan, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Niger, Poland, Slovenia, Thailand, the United States and Uzbekistan all qualified one athlete each. A total of 22 nations qualified via this method.
The final opportunity for nations to qualify to the Olympics will be via their respective continental qualifiers. At those events, nations can only qualify a maximum of two male and two female quotas, provided that they didn’t qualify any from above. Nations who qualified one quota in a gender can still qualify one more at the continental qualifier.