Wrestling: Stadnik and Pak Win Gold in Women’s Freestyle -50kg and -53kg at World Championships

Medals for women’s freestyle were awarded today at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships. In terms of Olympic qualification, the top six athletes in women’s freestyle -50kg and -53kg qualified their nation 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 -50kg was won by three-time Olympic medalist Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan whom defeated Romania’s Alina Vuc 13-0. The bronze medals were won by Kazakhstan’s Valentina Islamova and Russia’s Ekaterina Poleshchuk whom defeated Ukraine’s Oksana Livach and China’s Sun Yanan respectively. All four athletes qualified their nations to the Olympics.

Japan’s Mayu Mukaida almost had a successful competition in her new weight class, the women’s freestyle -53kg. The -55kg champion made it to the finals, but lost to North Korea’s Pak Yong-mi 12-1. The bronze medals were won by China’s Pang Qianyu and India’s Vinesh Phogat. Also qualifying to the Olympics were Greece’s Maria Prevolaraki and Poland’s Roksana Zasina.

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 women’s freestyle -57kg and -76kg.

Update: Due to North Korea withdrawing from the Olympics, the -53kg quota has been reallocated to Ecuador.

Qualified Nations

Women’s Freestyle -50kg
* Azerbaijan
* China
* Kazakhstan
* Romania
* Russia
* Ukraine

Women’s Freestyle -53kg
* China
* Ecuador
* Greece
* India
* Japan
* Poland

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