Five nations won Olympic quotas in the women’s freestyle events at the 2020 Pan American Olympic Qualification Tournament. The two finalists of each event qualified to the Olympics. The Pan American Olympic Qualification Tournament is currently being held in Ottawa, Canada from March 13th to March 15th 2020.
Along with quotas won at the 2019 World Championships, the United States will be sending a full women’s freestyle team thanks to the success of Sarah Hildebrandt, Jacarra Winchester, Helen Maroulis and Kayla Miracle in the women’s freestyle -50kg, -53kg, -57kg and -62kg respectively. Interestingly Hildebrandt was the 2018 World Championship silver medalist while Maroulis is the defending Olympic champion in the -53kg and both qualified in different weight classes.
Another defending Olympic champion to qualify to the Olympics was Canada’s Erica Wiebe in the women’s -76kg. She will be joined by 2018 World Championship silver medalist Danielle Lappage whom moved up a weight class to the -68kg event.
Cuba continued its fine performance at this event with another three qualified athletes with Yusneylys Guzman (-50kg), Lianna Montero (-53kg) and Yudari Sanchez (-68kg) obtaining quotas. Brazil will compete with two athletes thanks to Lais Nunes and Aline Ferreira’s performance in the women’s -62kg and -76kg respectively. Mexico will compete with their first woman at the Olympics thanks to Alma Valencia’s victory over Canada’s Linda Morais in the women’s -57kg.
The Pan American Olympic Qualification Tournament continues tomorrow with the men’s freestyle events. Unqualified Pan American nations will have one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics via the World Qualification Tournament to be held later this year.