Denmark, Mexico and Sweden win last three Olympic quota places at 2019 world championships
Maja Jager of Denmark, Alejandra Valencia of Mexico and Christine Bjerendal have won recurve women’s quota places to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for their countries in the secondary qualification tournament at the 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
Jager, Valencia, Bjerendal and France’s Audrey Adiceom were eligible to compete for the three spots.
Bjerendal beat Jager, 6-0, and Valencia shot a tiebreak 10 to defeat Adiceom to win the first two places. Jager then beat Adiceom in straight sets to secure the third and last spot.
“It was nerve-wracking. I just tried to do what I had to do and shoot my shots and apparently I succeeded a little better in the second match compared to the first match, but I’m just very relieved and very happy that it turned out this way,” said Maja.
Alejandra said it was a disappointment to not win a team place – but she was glad she managed to pick up this one spot:
“I’m happy for securing it. It’s a mix of feelings and sensations but that’s what reigns.”
The three recurve women’s places were left over from the primary qualification as part of the world championships. Only Alexandra Mirca of Moldova secured a spot in the main bracket by making the quarterfinals.
Ruman Shana of Bangladesh, Khairul Anuar Mohamad of Malaysia, Mauro Nespoli of Italy and Brady Ellison of the USA won the recurve men’s individual quota places at these championships.
A total of 20 nations qualified at least one space for Tokyo 2020 at the 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships. Only four teams have quotas in both men’s and women’s competitions – the same four that won both men’s and women’s team places.
The next Olympic Games will be the first to award five archery medals.
As well as recurve men’s and women’s individual and team events, a recurve mixed team competition has been added for Tokyo.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic quotas
The quota places won per country for the archery competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
- Australia: 3 (3 recurve men)
- Bangladesh: 1 (1 recurve man)
- Belarus: 3 (3 recurve women)
- China: 6 (3 men, 3 women)
- Chinese Taipei: 6 (3 recurve men, 3 recurve women)
- Denmark: 1 (1 recurve woman)
- Germany: 3 (3 women)
- Great Britain: 6 (3 recurve men, 3 recurve women)
- India: 3 (3 recurve men)
- Italy: 1 (1 recurve man)
- Kazakhstan: 3 (3 recurve men)
- Korea: 6 (3 recurve men, 3 recurve women)
- Malaysia: 1 (1 recurve man)
- Mexico: 1 (1 recurve woman)
- Moldova: 1 (1 recurve woman)
- Netherlands: 3 (3 recurve men)
- Russia: 3 (3 recurve women)
- Sweden: 1 (1 recurve woman)
- Ukraine: 3 (3 recurve women)
- USA: 1 (1 recurve man)
The 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships take place on 10-16 June in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.