The second day of the 2021 African/Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament saw six nations qualify in the women’s freestyle events. 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.
Host nation Tunisia was the big winner of the day as the nation qualified four quotas. They also won three events thanks to the performance of 2019 African Games silver medalist Sarra Hamdi (-50kg), 2020 African Championships bronze medalist Siwar Bousetta (-57kg) and 2020 African Championships gold medalist Marwa Amri. The fourth qualifier for Tunisia was Zaineb Sghaier (-76kg) who moved up a weight class after winning gold at the 2020 African Championships in the -72kg.
Nigeria was able to qualify their first athletes at this qualifier, grabbing three quotas. They were led by 2020 African Championship gold medalist Blessing Oborududu (-68kg) who won her event while 2020 African Championship silver medalist Aminat Adeniyi (-62kg) and Adijat Idris (-50kg) finished runners-up. Egypt was also able to qualify multiple athletes thanks to the performance of 2020 African Championships gold medalist Samar Amer who won the -76kg event and Enas Mostafa who qualified in the -68kg event.
The women’s -53kg event was won by Cameroon’s Joseph Essombe, gold medalist at the 2020 African Championships. Wrapping up the Olympic qualifiers include Guam’s Rchaela Aquino (-53kg) and Guinea’s Fatoumata Camara.
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 concludes tomorrow with quotas to be decided in the men’s freestyle events.