Wrestling: Kawai and Gray Add to Their World Championships Collection by Winning Gold in Women’s Freestyle -57kg and -76kg

Two more events awarded Olympic quotas today in the women’s freestyle. The top six athletes in the -57kg and -76kg events qualified their nation to the Olympics. The World Championships is currently being held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan from September 14th to September 22nd 2019.

Japan’s Risako Kawai won her third straight title though this time she competed in the Olympic weight class of women’s freestyle -57kg. She defeated China’s Rong Ningning 9-0. Kawai will be looking to potentially win her second Olympic gold medal, albeit in a lighter category. The bronze medals were won by Belarus’ Iryna Kurachkina and Nigeria’s Odunayo Adekuoroye. Also qualifying their nation to the Olympics are Poland’s Jowita Wrzesien and Moldova’s Anastasia Nichita.

Another multi-time world champion won the women’s freestyle -76kg as the United States’ Adeline Gray won her fifth overall title by defeating Japan’s Hiroe Minagawa 4-2. The bronze medals were won by Estonia’s Epp Mae and Germany’s Aline Rotter-Focken whom defeated China’s Zhou Qian 6-4 and Kazakhstan’s Elmira Syzdykova 3-0 respectively. All four athletes joined the finalists in qualifying their nation to the Olympics.

The next opportunity for nations to qualify in these events will be at their respective continent qualifiers. The World Championships continue tomorrow with Olympic quotas being awarded in the women’s freestyle -62kg and -68kg and the men’s freestyle -57kg and -65kg.

Qualified Nations

Women’s Freestyle -57kg
* Belarus
* China
* Japan
* Moldova
* Nigeria
* Poland

Women’s Freestyle -76kg
* China
* Estonia
* Germany
* Japan
* Kazakhstan
* United States

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