Greco-Roman at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships concluded today with medals being awarded in the -60kg, -77kg and -130kg categories. In terms of Olympic qualification, the top six athletes in each event qualified their nation to the games. The World Championships is currently being held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan from September 14th to September 22nd 2019.
The previous two world champions, Japan’s Kenichiro Fumita and Russia’s Sergey Emelin came together in the men’s Greco-Roman -60kg to face off in the final. It was the 2017 champion Fumita whom won gold, defeating Emelin 10-5. The bronze medals were won by Iran’s Alireza Nejati and Kazakhstan’s Mirambek Ainagulov while also qualifying to the Olympics were Ukraine’s Lenur Temirov and Uzbekistan’s Elmurat Tasmuradov.
After winning silver at the last two World Championships, Hungary’s Tamas Lorincz finally won that elusive gold medal in the men’s Greco-Roman -77kg where he defeated Sweden’s Alex Kessidis 8-0. Also qualifying to the Olympics were bronze medalists Mohammad Ali Geraei of Iran and Uzbekistan’s Jalgasbay Berdimuratov whom defeated Armenia’s Karapet Chalyan 9-6 and Kazakhstan’s Askhat Dilmukhamedov 3-1 respectively.
The men’s Greco-Roman -130kg was won by Turkey’s Riza Kayaalp whom won his fourth world title by defeating Cuba’s Oscar Pino 3-1. Kayaalp will hope to win gold at the Olympics to add to his silver and bronze medals won in 2016 and 2012 respectively. The bronze medals were won by Estonia’s Heiki Nabi and Georgia’s Iakob Kajaia. They defeated Iran’s Amir Ghasemi and Germany’s Eduard Popp respectively as they too qualified 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 -50kg and -53kg.