Judoka secures Vietnam’s 19th ticket to 2016 Olympics

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Van Ngoc Tu (R) competes at the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Ngo Nguyen Van Ngoc Tu (R) competes at the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Ngo Nguyen

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The International Judo Federation has announced the list of competitors for the 2016 Olympics, including Vietnam’s Van Ngoc Tu, the country’s 19th athlete to qualify for Rio de Janeiro.
The 29-year-old from Soc Trang Province ranks eighth in Asia and 44th in the world in the women’s 48kg, and qualified because she has remained in the world’s top 50 for 2 years.
The IJF selects 22 judokas to compete in the quadrennial event, including one from the host country, the world’s top 14 and seven others from five continents, including 2 from Asia.
Eighteen other Vietnamese athletes have qualified in in badminton, rowing, swimming, shooting, fencing, track and field, wrestling, gymnastics, and weightlifting.
The General Department of Sports last year targeted sending at least 15 athletes and two medals at the 2016 Olympics to be held in August.

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