Spanish men’s quota place for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games confirmed
Spain has been officially awarded a recurve men’s quota place for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for Pablo Acha’s bronze medal at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus, bringing the total number of countries with at least one spot qualified to 24.
There was a delay in confirming the space due to an investigation into an appeal regarding an earlier match that involved two other athletes. The outcomes of that investigation are published separately.
This summer’s European Games awarded up to four places to the next Olympics.
Two spots, one men’s and one women’s, were available for the highest-ranked mixed team. A further two places would be given to the countries of the top individual finishers not already qualified.
(Nations can only win one or three spots – as a team – to the Games in each gender, so no country could add to an existing quota in Minsk.)
Italy won mixed team gold at the European Games – but Mauro Nespoli had already secured a men’s quota place for the Games during the 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships. So the Italian team received the women’s place and a second men’s spot was added to the individual competition in Minsk.
Nespoli and the Netherlands’ Steve Wijler were first and second in the recurve men’s event so Acha – in third – qualified a men’s spot.
The second men’s place, made available after the mixed team competition, was not awarded because the fourth-place finisher was also Italian. According to the Olympic qualification procedure, no athlete outside the top four could receive a space in Minsk.
That leftover spot has now been deferred to the final qualification tournament being held during the third stage of the 2020 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Berlin, Germany.
A second continental qualifier, for Oceania, has taken place since the European Games. New Zealand won the mixed team event held during the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa on 10 July to qualify one men’s and one women’s place.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic quotas
Quota places for the archery competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games assigned per country after the world championships, Asian Games, European Games and Pacific Games.
- Australia: 3 (3 men)
- Bangladesh: 1 (1 man)
- Belarus: 3 (3 women)
- China: 6 (3 men, 3 women)
- Chinese Taipei: 6 (3 men, 3 women)
- Denmark: 1 (1 woman)
- DPR Korea: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
- Germany: 3 (3 women)
- Great Britain: 6 (3 men, 3 women)
- India: 3 (3 men)
- Indonesia: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
- Italy: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
- Kazakhstan: 3 (3 men)
- Korea: 6 (3 men, 3 women)
- Malaysia: 1 (1 man)
- Mexico: 1 (1 woman)
- Moldova: 1 (1 woman)
- Netherlands: 4 (3 men, 1 woman)
- New Zealand: 2 (1 man, 1 woman)
- Russia: 3 (3 women)
- Spain: 1 (1 man)
- Sweden: 1 (1 woman)
- Ukraine: 3 (3 women)
- USA: 1 (1 man)
Individual places available at final qualifier: 3 (2 men, 1 woman)
The qualification period for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games runs until the final quota tournament at the third stage of the 2020 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Berlin, Germany.