Romania’s Madalina Amaistroaie won the recurve women’s final qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as five countries booked the last individual quota places for the upcoming Games in Paris, France.
Greece, Poland, the Czech Republic and Mongolia, plus Romania, now have a spot on the women’s range in Japan.
The Malaysian trio were eliminated in the preliminary stages. Nur Ain Ayuni Fozi was the best performer for the national side. But she beaten 0-6 by top seeded Magdalena Smialkowska of Poland in the fourth round. Nurul Azreera Mohamad Fazil was beaten 2-6 in the third round by Anna Tobolewska. As for Syaqiera Mashayik she crashed out 2-6 in the second round at the hands of Valentine De Giuli of the Switzerland.
Amaistroaie was the highest-ranked woman without a quota arriving at these championships – and no Romanian woman had ever qualified for the Olympics before. (Although in the pre-quota era, most recently at Moscow 1980, they did compete.)
It was a four-set upset of top seed Smialkowska in the quarterfinals that changed that.
“I’m so happy I can’t even believe it,” the 18-year-old said. “Who doesn’t want to go to the Olympic Games? Now that I’m going, what dream do I have now?”
She went on to beat another Polish archer, Sylwia Zyzanska, in the final.
Eight women entered the arena for the quarterfinals – and each of the winners, including both Amaistroaie and Zyzanska, qualified quota places for the nations.
Evangelia Psarra won Greece’s quota in the first match of the session and booked a ticket to her sixth Olympics. (If she is ultimately chosen to compete in Tokyo.)
The 6-4 result of the last quarterfinal between Marie Horackova and Urantungalag Bishindee delivered quota places for both the Czech Republic and Mongolia, with the latter being the highest-ranked loser and a fifth spot reserved in the pool.
Horackova won a bid for her country outright with her victory, while Bishindee took the last remaining ticket as the loser with the most set points.
The last five: Women’s qualifiers for Tokyo 2020
(Places are won for a nation; the archer who wins the place will not necessarily compete at the Olympics.)
- Czech Republic
Meanwhile, seven European countries won the last recurve men’s quota places for the Olympiad. Finland, Hungary, Israel, Moldova, Poland, Russia and Ukraine will now send archers to Japan.
The tickets were distributed on the results of the fourth round of eliminations, with only seven countries remaining in the quarterfinals and a maximum of one quota per country per gender available. The list includes Israel, courtesy Itay Shanny, which will now make its Olympic archery debut in Tokyo.
Moldova’s Dan Olaru won the last place in question in a shoot-off.
Russia’s Galsan Bazarzhapov went on to win the quota tournament, beating Olaru in a four-set final, to pick up valuable world ranking points and a boost head of Tokyo.
“It’s an important win. It gives me confidence that I can perform well at the Olympic Games,” he said. “I didn’t know that I got a quota. I saw other people celebrating, so I thought I could get it, and then one of my teammates told me.”
The last Olympic quota places – five women’s spots – will be won later this afternoon in Paris.
The last seven: Men’s qualifiers for Tokyo 2020
(Places are won for a nation and the archer that wins the place will not necessarily compete at the Olympics.)