The final day of women’s freestyle and the first day of men’s freestyle saw Olympic quotas being awarded in four events at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships. The top six athletes in the men’s freestyle -57kg and -65kg and the women’s freestyle -62kg and -68kg qualified to the games. The World Championships is currently being held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan from September 14th to September 22nd 2019.
The women’s freestyle -62kg saw defending champion Taybe Yusein of Bulgaria reach the final. She was however, not able to defend her title as she lost to Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova 5-3. The bronze medals were won by Japan’s Yukako Kawai and Sweden’s Henna Johnson whom defeated North Korea’s Rim Jong-sim 12-1 and Hungary’s Marianna Sastin 4-1 respectively.
The final of the women’s freestyle -68kg came down to Sweden’s Jenny Fransson and the United States’ Tamyra Mensah with Mensah winning the title 8-2. The defending champion, Alla Cherkasova lost in the bronze medal match to Mongolia’s Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg. The other bronze medal was won by Germany’s Anna Schell whom defeated Japan’s Sara Dosho.
Russia’s Zaur Uguev successfully defended his title in the men’s freestyle -65kg by defeating Turkey’s Suleyman Atli 13-3. Atli was the bronze medalist in 2018. The 2018 silver medalist, Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan managed to win bronze by defeating Serbia’s Stevan Micic 4-3 while the other bronze medal was won by India’s Ravi Kumar whom defeated Iran’s Reza Atri 6-3.
By moving up a weight class, Russia’s Gadzhimurad Rashidov won his elusive World Championship gold medal in the men’s freestyle -65kg. He defeated Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov 11-0 in the final. The bronze medals were won by Hungary’s Iszmail Muszukajev and India’s Bajrang Punia. Also qualifying to the Olympics were Japan’s Takuto Otoguro and Mongolia’s Tomor-Ochiryn Tulga.
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 men’s freestyle -74kg and -125kg.
Update: Due to a doping violation, Sweden was stripped of its -68kg quota. It has been reallocated to Poland. Additionally, North Korea withdrew its -62kg quota. The quota has been awarded to Romania