Cuba, Canada, Brazil and the Dominican Republic now have their Olympic tickets for archery thanks to their results at the Americas qualifier held in Guatemala. There are just 10 places per gender left to fill ahead of Buenos Aires 2018.
Argentina’s Agustina Giannasio placed second in the continental qualifier, however, as the organising country the South American country already has its quota place for both men and women guaranteed.
There was good reason for so much rejoicing at the Doroteo Guamuch Flores Stadium in Guatemala City. The Americas Youth Championship awarded four new National Olympic Committees with archery quota places for Buenos Aires 2018.
Cuba, Canada, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic were the victors in the second continental championship that served as a qualifier for the third summer edition of the Youth Olympic Games. Parque Sarmiento awaits the 64 participants (32 per gender) for the competition from October 6-18 in Argentina's capital.
In the women’s division, Brazil’s Ana Luiza Caetano took home the title, while Argentina’s Agustina Giannasio achieved second place. Since Argentina has a quota place guaranteed as the organising country, the slot went to third place winner Stefany Jerez, from the Dominican Republic.
Among the men, two spots for Buenos Aires 2018 went out to Cuba’s Hazael Rodriguez who came in first, followed by Canadian Benjamen Lee in second. Paraguay’s Alejandro Benitez achieved third place on the podium but wasn’t able to qualify for the Games.
Brazil obtained the men’s quota place at the Youth Championship that was held in Rosario in October 2017. There are two other countries from the Americas that will also have representatives in both genders thanks to the results of that tournament: Mexico and the United States.
The National Olympic Committees with a quota place in the women’s division are: Argentina, South Korea, Great Britain, Ukraine, the United States, Moldova, Spain, Australia, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, France, the Netherlands, Chinese Taipei, Japan, the Philippines, India, North Korea, Iran, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic.
Among the men, Argentina, South Korea, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Italy, Iran, Ukraine, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Germany, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, China, Estonia, India, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Canada and Cuba.
There are now just 10 slots per gender to be determined ahead of Buenos Aires 2018. In July, a qualifier will take place for Europe (three spots), Oceania (one spot) and Africa (two spots). The four universality places have yet to be announced to complete the list of 64 participants.
Photos: Guatemalan Olympic Committee