39 Countries Grab at Least 1 Qualification Place in Taekwondo for 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games

A total of 39 countries took at least one qualification place for the taekwondo competition at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, after two days of competition at the WTF YOG Qualification Tournament in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei on March 21, 2014.

Out of 74 qualification places up for grabs at the two-day qualification tournament, which was held at the Taipei Arena, host Chinese Taipei clinched five tickets, showing its supremacy in taekwondo. The taekwondo competition of the 2014 Nanjing YOG are scheduled for Aug. 17-21, 2014.

Five countries took home four qualification places. They are Egypt, Azerbaijan, Russia, Belgium and Mexico, while four nations won three tickets, which are Ukraine, Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands.

Eight countries grabbed two qualification ticket. They are France, Colombia, Iran, Croatia, Thailand, the Great Britain, Italy and Brazil.

A total of 21 countries took one qualification place. They are Canada, Morocco, Slovenia, Romania, Poland, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Malaysia, Spain, Korea, Ecuador, Chile, Vietnam, Jordan, Singapore, Czech, Austria, Uzbekistan, the United States, and Puerto Rico.

Through the qualification tournament, a total of 74 qualification places, 37 for males and 37 for females, were selected. The qualification places obtained for the Youth Olympic Games are allocated to the pertinent National Olympic Committee.

Out of a total of 100 places for the taekwondo competition at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, the host country of China automatically earned six places, three for men and three for women, and the remaining 20 are the universal places, better known as wild cards. The host country did not participate in the qualification tournament.

An NOC was able to enter in the qualification tournament a maximum of three male and three female athletes, with one athlete per weight category. The tournament  featured 10 weight categories, five each for men and women. China  decided to field one female athlete each to the women's -49kg, -63kg and +63kg divisions, and one male each to the men's -63kg, -73kg and +73kg categories.

The second and final day of the qualification tournament featured the remaining five weight categories: junior male -55kg, male -63kg, female -44kg, female -55kg and female +63kg.

In the junior male -55kg weight category, host Chinese Taipei's Yu-Jen Huang defeated Spain's Jesus Tortosa Cabrera 9-5 in the final match to earn his country the gold medal.  The bronze went to Korea's Dong-hun Joo and Ecuador's Fabricio Arevalo in the category. The others who earned their respective countries a qualification place are Belgium's Si Mohamd Ketbi, Egypt's Youssef Elkenawy, the Netherlands' Fahd Zaouia, and Chile's Gerard Arriagada.

In the junior female -55kg division, Russia's Tatiana Kudashova easily defeated Croatia's Ivana Babic 10-1 in the final match for the gold medal. In the category, Belgium's Laura Roebben and Turkey's Fatma Saridogan shared the bronze medal.

The others who won one qualification ticket in the weight category are Italy's Licia Martignani, the Czech Republic's Adriana Simankova, Germany's Madeline Folgmann, and Azerbaijan's Gulhanim Yesildal.

In the junior male -63kg category, Russia's Soso Kvartskhava brushed aside a stiff challenge from host Chinese Taipei's Kuang Wu Hou in the final match to earn his country the gold medal as he won the match 10-8. The bronze went to Brazil's Edival Pontes and the Great Britain's Christian McNeish. The others who earned their respective countries a qualification place are Mexico's Ruben Nava, Austria's Eduard Frankford, and the Netherlands' Nabil Ennadiri.

In the junior female +63kg division, Uzbekistan's Umida Abdullaeva edged down the United States' Kendall Yount 4-3 in the final match for the gold medal. Ukraine's Yulia Miyuts and Brazil's Milena Titoneli earned their respective countries the bronze medal in the same division. The others who won one qualification ticket in the weight category are Mexico's Ashley Arana, Puerto Rico's Crystal Weekes, and Italy's Marina Rizzelli.

In the junior female -44kg category, Thailand's Panipak Wongphattanakit earned her country the gold medal as she crushed her final-match opponent, Vietnam's Thi Thu Thuy Nguyen, 7-0. Mexico's Brenda Lua and Jordan's Eman Aladaileh shared the bronze medal in the weight division. The others who earned their respective countries a qualification place are host Chinese Taipei's Zih Ting Chen, Azerbaijan's Ceren Ozbek, Singapore's Xin Wei Chew and the United Kingdom's Abigail Stones.