Eight nations were able to secure Olympic quotas in the women’s freestyle events at the 2021 European Olympic Qualification Tournament. In terms of Olympic qualification, the winners and runners-up qualify a quota to the games. The European Olympic Qualification Tournament is currently being held in Budapest, Hungary from March 18th to March 21st 2021.
Several former Olympic, World and European medalists were able to qualify a quota for the Olympics. Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist won the -53kg event via walkover against 2020 European Championship gold medalist Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus. Belarus qualified a second quota thanks to 2019 European Games gold medalist Vasilisa Marzaliuk in the -76kg. She lost in the final to Russia’s Natalia Vorobieva a gold (2012) and silver (2016) Olympic medalist in lighter weight categories. Joining Vorobieva will be her compatriot and 2020 European Championships gold medalist Khanum Velieva in the -68kg along with 2018 World Championship silver medalist Koumba Larroque of France.
The women’s freestyle -62kg was won by Ukraine’s Iryna Koliadenko whom won silver in the -65kg weight class at the 2019 World Championships. She will be joined by Latvia’s Anastasija Grigorjeva who also dropped a weight class after winning gold at the 2019 European Games in the -68kg event. Also going to the Olympics from Ukraine will be 2020 European Championships silver medalist Alina Hrushyna in the -57kg along with Bulgaria’s Evelina Nikolova who moved up a weight class after winning silver at the 2019 European Championships. Bulgaria’s second quota came in the -50kg event as 2020 European Championship gold medalist Miglena Selishka won the event over Turkey’s Evin Demirhan, bronze medalist at the 2019 European Games.
Unqualified nations will have one more opportunity to qualify via the world qualification tournament to be held in May. The European Qualification Tournament concludes tomorrow with the finals for the Men’s Greco-Roman events.