Wrestling: 37 Nations Qualify After World Championships

Russia led all nations by qualifying in 12 out of the 18 events at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships. In total 37 nations qualified at least one spot. The four medal winners along with the bronze medal losers of each Olympic weight-class would qualify to the Olympics. The World Wrestling Championships were held in Las Vegas, United States from September 7th to September 12th 2015.

Several former World and Olympic medalists were among the athletes that qualified their nations a spot in men’s Greco-Roman to the Olympics. Cuba’s Ismael Borrero defeated double Olympic silver medalist Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan in the -59kg event. Reigning World Champion Davor Stefanek of Serbia had to settle for bronze in the men’s -66kg as he was defeated by Germany’s Frank Stabler who went on to win the championship title. In the men’s -75kg 2012 Olympic gold medalist Roman Vlasov of Russia repeated his past performance by defeating Denmark’s Mark Madsen in the final. Zhan Beleniuk of Ukraine upgraded his bronze medal from 2014 to gold in the men’s -85kg by defeating Uzbekistan’s Rustam Assakalov in the final. The final of the men’s -98kg event was a bout between reigning Olympic champion Ghasem Rezaei of Iran and reigning World Champion Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia. Aleksanyan was able to win the match by defeating Rezaei 3-0. The men’s -130kg final was a rematch of the 2014 championship final between Cuba’s Mijan Lopez and Turkey’s Riza Kayaalp. Kayaalp was able to get a measure of revenge by winning gold after losing to Lopez a year ago.

The women’s freestyle qualifications were headlined by Japanese athletes Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho. Saori Yoshida defeated Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson in the women’s -53kg to win her 13th World Championship gold medal in a row. Kaori Icho defeated Petra Olli of Finland in the women’s -58kg to win her 10th World Championship gold medal. Both athletes will likely attempt to win a record fourth Olympic gold medal in 2016. Eri Tosaka of Japan defended her title in the women’s -48kg by defeating two time Olympic medalist Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan. 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg won the -63kg event by defeating Japan’s Risako Kawai. Defending World Champion Yuliya Tkach of Ukraine was able to recover from a first round loss to Kawai by winning the repechage to win the bronze medal. In the women’s -69kg 2012 Olympic gold medalist Natalia Vorobieva of Russia defeated 2014 World gold medalist Aline Focken of Germany in the semifinals on route to winning a world championship gold as she defeated China’s Zhou Feng in the final. United States’ Adeline Gray repeated her 2014 performance by winning gold against Zhou Qian of China in the women’s -75kg.

The men’s freestyle had both new and past winners taking gold. In the men’s -57kg 2012 Olympic silver medalist Vladimer Khinchegashvili defeated Iran’s Hassan Rahimi. Italy’s Frank Chamizo defeated Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov to win the gold in the men’s -65kg. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs of the United States redeemed himself after a relatively poor 2014 World Championships by winning the gold medal in the men’s -74kg event by defeating Purevjavyn Onorbat of Mongolia. Russia’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev repeated his 2014 World Championship result by winning the men’s -86kg event after he defeated Turkey’s Selim Yasar. Russia’s Abdusalam Gadisov however was unable to defend his men’s -97kg title as he lost in the final to United States’ Kyle Snyder. The men’s -125kg final was between Azerbaijan’s Jamaladdin Magomedov and Turkey’s Taha Akgul. Akgul was able to defend his title by winning the match 10-0.

While in total 108 quotas were given out at this championship that only translates to just under a third of the total quotas so there is still a lot of spots up for grab. Next up for wrestling will be continental qualifications. In total there will be four tournaments including a combined Africa and Oceania where the top two nations will qualify to the Olympics.

Quotas by Nation

  • Russia – 12
  • Azerbaijan – 11
  • Iran – 8
  • Mongolia – 6
  • Japan – 5
  • Ukraine – 5
  • United States – 5
  • China – 4
  • Georgia – 4
  • Turkey – 4
  • Armenia – 3
  • Bulgaria – 3
  • Kazakhstan – 3
  • North Korea – 3
  • Sweden – 3
  • Belarus – 2
  • Canada – 2
  • Colombia – 2
  • Cuba – 2
  • Finland – 2
  • Germany – 2
  • Uzbekistan – 2
  • Algeria – 1
  • Brazil – 1
  • Denmark – 1
  • Estonia – 1
  • France – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • India – 1
  • Italy – 1
  • Kyrgyzstan – 1
  • Latvia – 1
  • Netherlands – 1
  • Nigeria – 1
  • Romania – 1
  • Serbia – 1
  • South Korea – 1

QUOTAS BY EVENT

Men’s -57kg Freestyle

  • Georgia
  • Iran
  • Mongolia
  • Russia
  • Kazakhstan
  • North Korea

Men’s -65kg Freestyle

  • Italy
  • Uzbekistan
  • Russia
  • Iran
  • Mongolia
  • Azerbaijan

Men’s -74kg Freestyle

  • United States
  • Mongolia
  • India
  • Russia
  • France
  • Iran

Men’s -86kg Freestyle

  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • Georgia
  • Iran
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bulgaria

Men’s -97kg Freestyle

  • United States
  • Russia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Ukraine
  • Georgia
  • Iran

Men’s -125kg Freestyle

  • Turkey
  • Azerbaijan
  • Georgia
  • Russia
  • Mongolia
  • Armenia

Men’s -59kg Greco-Roman

  • Cuba
  • Azerbaijan
  • North Korea
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Belarus

Men’s -66kg Greco-Roman

  • Germany
  • South Korea
  • Serbia
  • Russia
  • Algeria
  • Armenia

Men’s -75kg Greco-Roman

  • Russia
  • Denmark
  • United States
  • Kazakhstan
  • Iran
  • Azerbaijan

Men’s -85kg Greco-Roman

  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Iran
  • Azerbaijan
  • Finland
  • Hungary

Men’s -98kg Greco-Roman

  • Armenia
  • Iran
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania

Men’s -130kg Greco-Roman

  • Turkey
  • Cuba
  • Ukraine
  • Russia
  • Azerbaijan
  • United States

Women’s -48kg Freestyle

  • Japan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Netherlands
  • Canada
  • China
  • Russia

Women’s -53kg Freestyle

  • Japan
  • Sweden
  • North Korea
  • Nigeria
  • Azerbaijan
  • China

Women’s -58kg Freestyle

  • Japan
  • Finland
  • Turkey
  • Azerbaijan
  • Colombia
  • Sweden

Women’s -63kg Freestyle

  • Mongolia
  • Japan
  • Ukraine
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Latvia

Women’s -69kg Freestyle

  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • Germany
  • Mongolia
  • Sweden

Women’s -75kg Freestyle

  • United States
  • China
  • Estonia
  • Belarus
  • Colombia
  • Brazil

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