The opening day of the 2021 Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament began with the men’s Greco-Roman events where seven nations qualified a spot. The winners and the runners-ups in each of the six Olympic events qualified a quota to the games. The Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament is currently being held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from April 9th to April 11th 2021.
The top performing nation was Kyrgyzstan where they qualified three quotas. 2018 World Championship silver medalist Zholaman Sharshenbekov moved up a weight class to win the -60kg. Joining him were 2018 Asian Games silver medalist Akzhol Makhmudov who won the -77kg over Japan’s Shohei Yabiku and 2019 Asian Championships gold medalist Uzur Dzhuzupbekov who finished runners-up in the -97kg. Dzhuzupbekov was defeated by 2020 Asian Championships gold medalist Mohammad Hadi Saravi of Iran. The nation also won the -67kg event thank to the performance of Mohammad Reza Geraei who moved down a weight class after winning gold at the 2019 Asian Championships in the -72kg event.
Geraei defeated South Korea’s Ryu Han-su who won gold at the 2017 World Championships. South Korea’s second quota was won in the -130kg where 2020 Asian Championships silver medalist Kim Min-seok finished runners-up to 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Muminjon Abdullaev of Uzbekistan. The -87kg was won by Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Tursynov whom won over China’s Peng Fei. China’s second quota was won in the -60kg thanks to the performance of 2018 World Championships bronze medalist Walihan Sailike.
Unqualified nations will have one more opportunity to qualify via the World Qualification Tournament scheduled to take place next month. The Asian Olympic qualifiers continue tomorrow with quotas to be decided in the women’s freestyle events.