Pareto goes for the passage in the qualifiers and thus try to defend the Olympic podium in Tokyo
The judoka Paula Pareto, Olympic champion in Rio de Janeiro 2016, heads the list of Argentine athletes of 30 sports who will seek their place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the coming months, rescheduled by the coronavirus pandemic to take place between 23 July and August 8, 2021.
Until all the Pre-Olympics this year were suspended in March due to the global health emergency, a total of 143 Argentines already had their places secured at the Tokyo Games, as part of 57% of the covered quotas of the total organization. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) established June 29, 2021 as the new classification deadline.
In many sports, such as judo, the ranking (which closes on June 28) is what will determine the ranking, so Pareto – like Lucía Cantero – would have their place today. The “Peque” returned to compete in October after 425 days without official activity, since she had surgery for a cervical hernia and worked in a pandemic because she is a trauma doctor. On her return, she won the silver medal at the Grand Slam in Budapest, so she remains focused on defending the Olympic podium in Tokyo.
With Nadia Podoroska safe in the women’s single, the rest of the tennis qualifiers will be determined from the ATP and WTA rankings as of June 7, 2021.
In sports such as beach volleyball, rowing, badminton, skateboarding, taekwondo, karate, wrestling, golf, cycling (BMX freestyle, BMX racing and Mountain Bike), rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis, shooting, triathlon, weightlifting and surfing as well amount of points in tournaments and / or the Olympic ranking are requested to participate in the Games.
Athletics Argentines, for example, will have to look for the minimum marks to go to Tokyo 2020 + 1 until the middle of next year. In December, in Rosario, athletes such as Germán Chiaraviglio, Belén Casetta, Jennifer Dahlgren and Carlos Layol returned to competition at the 100th National Senior Championship “Braian Toledo”. The tournament was named after the javelin thrower, a junior Olympic champion and finalist in Rio, who died at age 26 in February in a traffic accident in Marcos Paz.
Joaquín Arbe, Marcela Gómez and Eulalio Muñoz (marathon) and Sergio Alí Villamayor (in modern pentathlon) have already qualified for Tokyo 2020.
Swimming is another of the disciplines that requires minimum marks. Delfina Pignatiello (400, 800 and 1,500 meters free), Santiago Grassi (100 butterfly), Julia Sebastián (100 and 200 chest) have their places confirmed, while the rest have until June 27 to achieve the required times. The World Open Water Qualifier has been postponed to May 29-30, 2021, in Fukuoka, Japan; while the synchronized swimming was held for the beginning of March in Tokyo.
The team sports that take place in the Olympic Games are the selected men’s soccer, basketball, rugby and handball, Las Leonas and Los Leones from field hockey, boys and Las Panteras from volleyball. The women’s handball team must play the Pre-Olympic in Spain, between March 19 and 31, although it is very difficult to win one of the two places that will be at stake due to the level of its rivals.
Boxing, fencing, rowing, archery and water polo will have their Pre-Olympics. Not all have a confirmed date yet. In water polo, the women’s will be held from January 17 to 24 in Trieste, Italy; and the men’s, from February 14 to 24, in Rotterdam, Holland.
In sprint canoeing, Agustín Vernice (K1 1000) is currently the only Argentine classified. The continental pre-Olympic will be held from April 9 to 11, 2021, in Curitiba, while the Pan American slalom, qualifying for Tokyo, will be held from April 30 to May 2, 2021, in Rio de Janeiro.
Other Argentines with a guaranteed place are José María Larocca (individual equestrian jumping), Larocca, Martín Dopazo, Matías Albarracín and Carlos Cremona (equestrian team); Martina Dominici (artistic gymnastics); Agustín Destribats (fight); Lucas Guzmán (taekwondo).
Also shooting will be Fernanda Russo (10m air rifle), Alexis Eberhardt (50m three position rifle) and Melisa Gil (Skeet). And sailing Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza (Nacra 17), Sol Branz and Victoria Travascio (49er FX), Facundo Olezza (Finn), Francisco Guaragna (Standard Laser), Lucía Falasca (Radial Laser), Belén Tavella and Lourdes Hartkopf (470 ), Celia Tejerina (RS: X) and Francisco Saubidet (RS: X).
In the last Rio 2016 Games, Argentina won three gold medals, contributed by Pareto, the field hockey Leones and the Santiago Lange-Cecilia Carranza sailing duo, who will go to Tokyo 2020.