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Australia's Taekwondo athletes secure four Tokyo 2020 quotas

Author imageAOC02 Mar 2020
Australian Taekwondo

Safwan Khalil, Jack Marton, Stacey Hymer and Reba Stewart finished at the top of the podium at this weekend's Toyko 2020 Oceania qualification tournament, securing Australia two male and two female spots ahead of the Games.

With a maximum of four athletes per country able to compete in the continental qualifier, the quartet ensured the maximum quotas from the weekend.

On the Gold Coast, Australia's Taekwondo athletes battled it out with two-time Olympian  Khalil taking out gold in the -58kg men's category. Jack Marton also came out on top for the -80kg men.

If selected to the Tokyo 2020 Team, Khalil will be looking for redemption after missing out on bronze in London 2012 and finishing within the top-10 at Rio 2016.

Aussie women Stacey Hymer and Reba Stewart also claimed gold in the -57kg and +67kg categories respectively.

Trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand also picked up a quota spot through Tom Burns in the men's -68 kg category, while Tonga secured two in the men's +80kg and women's -67kg categories for Pita Taufatofua and Malia Paseka.

With competition still continuing across the European circuit, many athletes are still in contention for selection in the weight categories qualified by the Australian quartet.

Australian Taekwondo will nominate athletes for selection to the Australian Olympic Committee based on their performance up until the end of March 2020 in line with their nomination criteria.