15 Nations win Olympic quotas in Doha

14th Asian Championship · Doha, QAT

Athletes from 15 nations won Olympic quota places for Tokyo 2020 during the 14th Asian Championships in Doha, Qatar.

India increased its overall total of Olympic quotas by 6, Thailand and Japan won 5 quotas each and Islamic Republic of Iran won an additional 4. People’s Republic of China is still in the lead, having amassed a total of 25 Olympic quotas through competitions to date. 16 Asian nations have now guaranteed their participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

One of the biggest surprises of these Championships came in the 10m Air Pistol Men's competition when Song Guk Kim of the People’s Republic of Korea took the Gold medal, the Olympic quota and set a new World record, pushing the event's favourite, Chaudhary Saurabh from India into second place. The Bronze was won by Javad Foroughi from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Javad Foroughi and Gulfam Joseph from Pakistan, who finished in 7th place, won the remaining two Olympic quotas in this event. 

India was later compensated in the 1Om Air Pistol Mixed Team event when both of their teams qualified to compete in the Gold Medal Match. Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma took the Gold medal putting in a stronger performance than their opponents, Dilver Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Chaudhary Saurabh. In the Bronze Medal Match, Golnoush Sebghatollahi and Javad Foroughi from the Islamic Republic of Iran took the medal from Qian Wang and Wei Pang from the People’s Republic of  China.  

In 50m 3 positions Rifle Men the winner Jonghyun Kim from Korea and the runner up Zhonghao Zhao from the People’s Republic of China, already had Olympic quotas for Tokyo 2020 from previous competitions. This allowed the Bronze medalist, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar from India, to win the first available quota in this event. The remaining two quotas went to Mahyar Sedaghat from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Yuriy Yurkov from Kazakhstan, who finished in fifth and sixth places respectively. 

India obtained two further Olympic quota places in the Men's Skeet event from Gold winner Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and his second placed  teammate Mairaj Ahmad. Saud Habib from Kuwait completed the podium, winning a Bronze medal and the last available quota. 

In the Women's Skeet competition two Chinese athletes, Meng Wei and Donglian Zhang, won the Gold and Silver medals respectively.  The Chinese team had already won its full allocation of quota places in this event earlier in the year thus making way for the others to fight for the three available Olympic Quota places at these Championships.  These were won by Bronze medal winner Minji Kim from Korea, and two shooters from Thailand, Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit and Isarapa Imprasertsuk, who finished in fifth and sixth places.