The last qualification tournament for the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 – the European qualification tournament - has been fought in Istanbul. Here are the results (due to a well earned holiday week in Turkey of your diligent ETU-webmaster a little bit late):
1. Martina Zubcic (Croatia)
2. Azize Tanrikulu (Turkey)
3. Bat El Getterer (Israel)
1. Rosana Simon Alamo (Spain)
2. Karolina Kedzierska (Sweden)
3. Nina Solheim (Norway)
1. Servet Tazegül (Turkey)
2. Daniel Manz (Germany)
3. Dennis Bekkers (Netherlands)
1. Jon Garcia Aguado (Spain)
2. Leonardo Basile (Italy)
3. Nikolaidis Alexandros (Greece)
1. Hanna Zajc (Sweden)
2. Manuela Bezzola (Switzerland)
3. Sümeyye Güle (Germany)
1. Sibel Güler (Turkey)
2. Elisavet Mystakidou (Greece)
3. Pinar Budak (Germany)
1. Miguel Moreira (Portugal)
2. Tyrone Robinson (Great Britain)
3. Juan Antonio Ramos (Spain)
1. Bahri Tanrikulu (Turkey)
2. Rashad Ahmadov (Azerbaijan)
3. Aaron Cook (Great Britain)
Good success to all competitors in Beijing!
Below you find a report from the WTF site:
Host Turkey earned four berths for the taekwondo competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games after two days of the 2008 WTF European Taekwondo Qualification Tournament, which concluded on Jan. 27, 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey. European taekwondo powers Spain and Germany clinched three places each for the Beijing Olympic Games, while Great Britain, Greece and Sweden won two tickets each through the two-day event.
Eight countries grabbed one ticket each through the qualifier for the Beijing Olympic Games. They are Portugal, Azerbaijan, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Croatia, Israel and Norway. Through the European qualifier, a total of 14 countries in Europe earned 24 tickets.Given the results of the 2007 WTF World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament in September 2007 in Manchester, England, 15 European countries clinched 32 berths for the Beijing Olympic Games.A total of 128 athletes are scheduled to compete in the taekwondo competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, during which two bronze medals in each weight categories will be awarded for the first time.
Twenty-six international referees officiated the event and there was only one protest throughout the two-day tournament. The European qualifying event took place at the Ahmet Comert Sport Hall in downtown Istanbul, which drew 131 athletes, including 56 females, from 43 countries in Europe.
Among participating countries were Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece and Hungary. The others were Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.
The opening day of the two-day event featured four weight categories: the men’s -58kg, the men’s -80kg, the women’s -49kg and the women’s -67kg, while the second day featured another four weight divisions: the men’s -68kg, the men’s +80kg, the women’s -57kg and the women’s +67kg.