The 2021 African/Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament concluded today with medals being awarded in the men’s freestyle events. Olympic quotas were awarded to the two finalists of each of the six Olympic weight classes. The event was held in Hammamet, Tunisia from April 2nd to April 4th 2021.
Algeria was the big winner in men’s freestyle as the nation qualified four quotas. All four athletes were 2020 African Championship medalists, specifically gold medalist Abdelhak Kherbache (-57kg), bronze medalist Fateh Benferdjallah (-86kg), -92kg gold medalist Mohammed Fardj who moved up a weight class to qualify in the -97kg and silver medalist Djahid Berrahal (-125kg). The athletes all finished runners-up in their respective events.
Egypt won two events thanks to the performance by 2020 African Championship bronze medalist Amr Reda (-74kg) and 2020 African Championship gold medalist Diaaeldin Kamal (-125kg). Tunisia’s Mohamed Saadaoui, 2020 African Championship gold medalist won the -97kg. Also qualifying for Tunisia is Haythem Dakhlaoui whom won gold in the 2020 African Championships in the -70kg, but went down a weight class to the -65kg event to qualify to the Olympics.
Guinea-Bissau won two quotas thanks to the performance of 2020 African Championships silver medalist Diamantino Iuna who won the -57kg and Augusto Midana whom qualified to his fourth Olympics in the -74kg. The other two events were won by 2020 African Championships bronze medalist Ekereheme Agiomor of Nigeria (-86kg) and Senegal’s Adama Diatta (-65kg).
Unqualified nations will have one more opportunity to qualify via the world qualification tournament currently scheduled to be held in May. The final continent to host their qualifiers will be Asia set to have their tournament next weekend.