Medals and Olympic quotas were awarded today in two events at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships. The top six athletes in the men’s freestyle -86kg and -97kg qualified to the games. The World Championships was held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan from September 14th to September 22nd 2019.
The men’s freestyle -86kg ended anticlimactically as defending Olympic champion Hassan Yazdani won his second world title by walkover due to India’s Deepak Punia withdrawing in the final due to injury. The bronze medals were won by Russia’s Artur Naifonov and Switzerland’s Stefan Reichmuth whom defeated San Marino’s Myles Amine 6-0 and Colombia’s Carlos Izquierdo 3-0 respectively.
Russia’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev successfully defended his title in the men’s freestyle -97kg by defeating Azerbaijan’s Sharif Sharifov 4-0. Sadulaev will be looking to win his second gold medal albeit at a heavier weight class. The bronze medals were won by North Macedonia’s Magomedgadzhi Nurov and the United States’ Kyle Snyder whom defeated Kazakhstan’s Alisher Yergali 8-5 and Georgia’s Elizbar Odikadze 5-0 respectively.
The next opportunity for nations to qualify in these events will be at their respective continent qualifiers. Overall, 38 nations won at least one quota with Russia winning nine and Kazakhstan and Japan qualifying eight each.