Wrestling: Iran Completes Men’s Freestyle Team as Asian OQT Comes to a Close

The 2021 Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament concluded today where six nations qualified in the men’s freestyle events. 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 was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from April 9th to April 11th, 2021.

With the combined results from this event and the 2019 World Championships, Iran has secured a full men’s freestyle team. Iran qualified three athletes here with victories in the -74kg by Younes Emami and in the -97kg by Mohammad Hossein Mohammadian. Their third qualified athlete was Amir Mohammad Yazdani in the -65kg. He lost in the finals to Kyrgyzstan’s Ernazar Akmataliev.

Uzbekistan was the big winner today as the nation qualified four quotas. They won two events, more specifically the -57kg (Gulomjon Abdullaev) and the -86kg (Javrail Shapiev) and additionally qualified in the -74kg (Bekzod Abdurakhmonov) and in the -97kg via 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Magomed Ibragimov.

The -125kg event was won by Kazakhstan’s Yusup Batirmurzayev whom defeated Mongolia’s Monkhtoriin Lkhagvagerel 4-2 in the final. China wrapped up the final quotas with two runners-ups performances in the -57kg (Liu Minghu) and -86kg (Lin Zushen).

This concludes the continental qualifiers for wrestling. Unqualified nations will have one more opportunity to qualify via the World Qualification Tournament scheduled to take place next month.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Freestyle -57kg
* China
* Uzbekistan

Men’s Freestyle -65kg
* Iran
* Kyrgyzstan

Men’s Freestyle -74kg
* Iran
* Uzbekistan

Men’s Freestyle -86kg
* China
* Uzbekistan

Men’s Freestyle -97kg
* Iran
* Uzbekistan

Men’s Freestyle -125kg
* Kazakhstan
* Mongolia

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