China win men's team event at worlds, secure full quota in archery for Tokyo 2020
China have secured a full quota of six in archery, three in men's event and three in women's, for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the 2019 World Archery Championships in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.
According to the qualification standard, the top eight finishers in the recurve team's event of each gender win three places for Tokyo 2020.
China defeated India 6-2 on Sunday to win their first-ever world championship in recurve men's team event, therefore securing three spots in men's event at the Olympics.
China’s Wei Shaoxuan takes the final shot during the recurve men’s team event final between China and India at the 2019 Archery World Championships on Jun 16, 2019 in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. [Photo: CCTV]
"I'm very honoured to be on the stage of the world championships and I'm very proud to represent China by winning this honour," Wei Shaoxuan was quoted as saying by the official website of World Archery.
World No. 1 South Korea frustrated hosts the Netherlands 5-3 to win a bronze.
In the women's team event, Chinese Taipei made a breakthrough winning maiden world title as they upset world record holders South Korea 6-2 in the final. Semifinalists China secured full quota for Tokyo 2020 despite a bitter 5-4 loss to Britain in the bronze final.
"Before we came here, our goal was to win all six quotas and let our athletes gain experience through the matches," China's team manager Xiao Haopeng told Xinhua. "The world championships experience will help us identify problems and make adjustment in future training."
"We will try our best to win medals in all events at Tokyo 2020, including the newly introduced mixed team event," he added.
In addition to China, Chinese Taipei, Britain and South Korea also secured full quotas. Australia, India, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands won men's team places. Belarus, Germany, Russia and Ukraine won women's team spots.
The 2019 World Championships is the primary qualification tournament for Tokyo 2020, followed by continental Games, continent-specific qualification tournaments and a final qualifying tournament, which is to be held just weeks before the Olympics begin.
The archery competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begin on July 24.