Wrestling: Seven Nations Qualify in Men’s Freestyle at European Qualifiers

The men’s freestyle events concluded today at the 2021 European Olympic Qualification Tournament. In terms of Olympic qualification, the winners and runners-up qualify a quota to the games. The European Olympic Qualification Tournament is currently being held in Budapest, Hungary from March 18th to March 21st 2021.

Belarus had the best performance as they picked up three quotas thanks to the performances of 2019 European Games silver medalist Ali Shabanau (-86kg), 2019 European Championships silver medalist Aliaksandr Hushtyn (-97kg) and Dzianis Khramiankou (-125kg). All three athletes won their respective events over Turkey’s Osman Gocen and Suleyman Karadeniz and Germany’s Gennadij Cudinovic respectively.

Also winning two quotas were Armenia and Azerbaijan where the former qualified in the -57kg (Arsen Harutyunyan) and -65kg (Vazgen Tevanyan) and the latter qualifying in the -65kg (Haji Aliyev) and -74kg (Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev). Rounding out the Olympics qualifiers are Bulgaria’s Georgi Vangelov (-65kg) and 2018 World Championship silver medalist Avtandil Kentchadze of Georgia (-74kg).

Unqualified nations will have one more opportunity to qualify via the world qualification tournament to be held in May. The European Qualification Tournament continues tomorrow with the finals for the women’s freestyle events.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Freestyle -57kg
* Armenia
* Bulgaria

Men’s Freestyle -65kg
* Armenia
* Azerbaijan

Men’s Freestyle -74kg
* Azerbaijan
* Georgia

Men’s Freestyle -86kg
* Belarus
* Turkey

Men’s Freestyle -97kg
* Belarus
* Turkey

Men’s Freestyle -125kg
* Belarus
* Germany

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