Seven last men’s Olympic quotas awarded in Paris
Seven European countries have won the last recurve men’s quota places for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the final qualifier in Paris, France.
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.