CBC Sports: Pan Am Games have Olympics implications

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Canada's table tennis star Mo Zhang is the defending women’s Pan Am Games singles champion. ((Eduardo Verdugo/Associated Press))

Canada's table tennis star Mo Zhang is the defending women’s Pan Am Games singles champion. ((Eduardo Verdugo/Associated Press))

There is more than just hardware at stake as the 2015 Pan Am Games kick off in Toronto starting July 10.

The results of the Games will impact the 2016 Olympic qualification for 16 sports, with 11 of those victors getting a direct bid to Rio.

The only Pan Am country that has already qualified in almost every sport is Brazil — next summer's Olympic host.

In some of the events, Pan Am nations have already qualified. If those countries claim the top prize in Toronto, the next best-ranked nation will punch its ticket.

With Canada trying to forge a path to Rio, here are the events to keep an eye on:

 

Direct Qualifiers — win and you're in

 

Field Hockey: Gold medal winner of the men's and women's competition qualify for the Olympics.

  • Women's and men's favourite: Argentina (men's team already qualified).

Water Polo: Gold medal winner in the men's competition qualify for the Olympics.

  • Canada is expected to medal.

Diving: Gold medal winner in the 3-metre and 10-metre qualify.

  • Mexico won all eight gold medals in 2011.

Equestrian

  • Eventing: Canada qualified at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, best ranked team that has not qualified yet will go on to the Olympics.
  • Dressage: Gold medal winning nation qualifies.
  • Show Jumping: Gold medal winning nation qualifies (U.S. is a heavy favourite, but have already qualified).

Handball: Gold medal winner in the men's and women's competition qualify.

Modern Pentathlon: Top-five men and top-five women qualify their nation with a maximum of two quota spots per country.

Sailing: Canada qualified in men's Laser and women's Laser Radial. Two additional spots are available for the Olympics.

Shooting: Twenty spots available between 15 events.

  • Canada should finish in top eight in all events

Table Tennis: Nine spots available in the singles for the Olympics.

  • Canada's Mo Zhang is the reigning women's Pan Am Games singles champion.

Triathlon: Gold medal winner of the men's and women's competition qualify for the Olympics.

Synchronised swimming: Gold medal winner in Duet qualify for the Olympics.

  • Canada is a medal threat.
     

Indirect qualifiers in 5 other sports

 

Indirect qualifiers include athletics, badminton, cycling, taekwondo and weightlifting.

The results of these competitions will lead to a world championship berth or provide ranking points that count towards qualifying. 

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/panam-d3/generic/...