Medals and Olympic quotas were awarded today in two events at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships. The top six athletes in the men’s freestyle -74kg and -125kg qualified to the games. The World Championships is currently being held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan from September 14th to September 22nd 2019.
Russia’s Zaurbek Sidakov successfully defended his title in the men’s freestyle -74kg by winning gold over Italy’s Frank Chamizo. The bronze medals were won by France’s Zelimkhan Khadjiev and the United States’ Jordan Burroughs whom defeated Kazakhstan’s Daniyar Kaisanov 4-3 and Japan’s Mao Okui 10-0 respectively.
Similarly, Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili won his third straight title in the men’s freestyle -125kg by defeating Turkey’s Taha Akgul. Also qualifying to the Olympics were the bronze medalists Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi of Ukraine and Uzbekistan’s Khasanboy Rakhimov along with fifth place finishers Badzha Khutaba of Syria and China’s Deng Zhiwei.
The next opportunity for nations to qualify in these events will be at their respective continent qualifiers. The World Championships concludes tomorrow with Olympic quotas being awarded in the men’s freestyle -86kg and -97kg.
Update: Due to doping violations, France has lost its quota in the men’s freestyle -74kg and have been replaced by the next highest ranked nation, Poland (Kamil Rybicki). Similarly, Syria and Uzbekistan have lost their men’s freestyle -125kg quota and have been replaced by Iran (Yadollah Mohebbi) and Kosovo (Egzon Shala).