Olympic Foil Qualification By Ranking Complete
The Doha Foil Grand Prix at the weekend marked the conclusion of foil qualification for the Olympic Games by ranking.
WOMEN’S FOIL PREVIEW
Going into the event Germany’s Leonie Ebert and Maria Diaz of Spain held the two additional individual European Olympic places.
Despite going out in the round of 64, Ebert secured her Tokyo place. Diaz did not make the round of 64 and threats to her Olympic berth came from a number of other European fencers. Irem Karamete of Turkey had a tremendous day in Doha, making the quarterfinals to snatch the second place by just four points.
The qualifiers for women’s foil in full are:
- Teams: Russia, Italy, France, USA, Japan, Canada, Hungary and Egypt
- Individuals: Chen (CHN), Jeon (KOR), Ebert (GER), Boubakri (TUN), Karamete (TUR) and Van Erven Garcia (COL)
MEN’S FOIL PREVIEW
Going into the event Great Britain’s Marcus Mepstead and Carlos Llavador of Spain held the two individual European berths.
Llavador went out on the preliminary day in Qatar and Mepstead was only able to make the round of 64. Both Alexander Choupenitch of the Czech Republic and Poland’s Michal Siess were in the race but despite going deeper into the competition, neither did enough – so Mepstead and Llavador secured their Tokyo berths.
The qualifiers for men’s foil in full are:
- Teams: USA, France, Italy, Russia, Hong Kong, Egypt, Germany and Canada
- Individuals: Lee (KOR), Shikine (JPN), Mepstead (GBR), Toldo (BRA), LLavador (ESP) and Samandi (TUN)
European countries who have not qualified any athletes by the team or individual rankings, will be able to send up to one male and one female sabre fencer to the European Olympic qualifier, due to take place in Madrid 24-25 April – the final Olympic qualification event for Europeans.