North African nations once again showed their continental dominance in men’s Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2021 African/Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament. Olympic quotas were awarded to the two finalists of each of the six Olympic weight classes. The event is currently being held in Hammamet, Tunisia from April 2nd to April 4th 2021.
The 12 quotas were divided amongst four northern African nations with four going to Algeria and Tunisia, three to Egypt and one to Morocco. Despite winning fewer quotas, Egypt won the most events with all three of their Olympic qualifiers, Haithem Mahmoud (-60kg), Mohamed Metwally (-87kg) and Abdellatif Mohamed (-130kg) winning their respective events. Mahmoud and Mohamed are the defending African champions while Metwally was the silver medalist.
Tunisia won two events thanks to 2019 African Games silver medalist Souleymen Nasr (-67kg) and Lamjed Maafi (-77kg) who competed in the -72kg event at the 2020 African Championships and won silver. Also qualifying a quota for Tunisia were Haykel Achouri (-97kg) and Amine Guennichi (-130kg). Both wrestlers were also silver medalists at the 2020 African Championships.
The men’s Greco-Roman -97kg event was won by Algeria’s Adem Boudjemline. Boudjemline is the current African Championship and African Games champion. Joining him in qualifying a quota are 2020 African Championship gold medalist Abdelkarim Fergat whom moved up a weight class to the -60kg, Abdelmalek Merabet (-67kg) and 2020 African Championship gold medalist Bachir Sid Azara (-87kg). Morocco’s lone qualifier was Zied Ayet Ikram in the -77kg.
Unqualified nations will have one more opportunity to qualify via the world qualification tournament currently scheduled to be held in May. The African/Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament continues tomorrow with quotas to be decided in the women’s freestyle events.