After a heartbreaking end to her London 2012 qualification campaign, Caroline Marton will have the chance to represent her country at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Marton was disqualified up nine points with 15 seconds to go in the final London 2012 qualification bout and has spent the past four years in search of redemption of that result. Marton’s path to Rio was made slightly easier when she was the only to contest her division at the Oceania Qualification Tournament.
It will be a family affair for Marton at the Rio 2016 Games with her sister Carmen set to compete at her third Olympic Games. Carmen’s partner Safwan Khalil will make his second Games appearance while Khalil’s brother Ali will coach the team.
Marton packed up her things and moved from Melbourne to Sydney at the start of 2015 in order to train with her sister Carmen and Safwan believing it would give her the best chance possible to qualify for Rio. The results soon followed as she made the third round of the World Championships, moved into the top 20 in the Olympic rankings, won Pacific Games gold and made the quarter-finals in the tough Grand Prix series.
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Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
- Rio will be Olympic debut
- 3rd (-57kg) - Greece Open (Thessaloniki, Greece)
- 17th (-57kg) – WTF Grand Prix (Manchester, UK)
- 5th (-57kg) – WTF Grand Prix (Samsun, Turkey)
- 1st (-53kg) - Pacific Games (Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea)
- 9th (-53kg) – 2015 World Championships (Chelyabinsk, Russia)
- Making the Australia Olympic Team for the first time for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
- Progressing through to the quarter-finals at the 2015 Grand Prix event in Turkey.
- Winning Asian Championships silver in 2004 and Universiade bronze in 2007.
- Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School
- Fairhills High School Scoresby Melbourne
- Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) Monash University; Arts Honours (Political Science); Masters of JD Monash University (Deferred)
Ali Khalil (2011 - current)
Melbourne Taekwondo Centre
Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS)
Primary Training Base
Global Martial Arts Sydney
- Favourite food
- I don't discriminate
- Favourite holiday destination
- Beach and sun
- Favourite music
- Anything that has a beat
- Dream car
- A new one
- Personal Motto
- I can
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Coffee (and I have many times)
- A tattoo on my right bicep which pays homage to my Polish roots
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Taekwondo player Brigitte Yangue from Spain who was 8 -1 down and won in the final 30 seconds in the semi-finals at London 2012
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My sister - Carmen Marton Australia's first World Champion and dual Olympian who believes we all have what it takes to be a World Champion
- Why this sport?
- I had no choice in the matter. My dad foced me to against my wishes. I wanted to be a ballerina.