Wrestling: Kazakhstan Leads Nations at Asian Qualifier

Kazakhstan led all nations with nine qualified athletes at the 2016 Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament. The top two athletes from each weight class qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Astana, Kazakhstan from March 18th to March 20th 2016.

Kazakhstan led all nations in the men’s freestyle, winning the -74kg event and qualifying in the -86kg, -97kg, and -125kg. Japan was the only nation to qualify in multiple events in this discipline as they won in the men’s -57kg by defeating South Korea’s Yun Jun-Sik and qualified in the -74kg. 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt won the -65kg event by walkover against China’s Yeerlanbieke Katai. 2014 Asian silver medalist Magomed Musaev of Kyrgyzstan won the -97kg while Iran’s 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Komeil Ghasemi won the -125kg. Iran has formally qualified a full men’s freestyle team. The other gold medal went to Orgodolyn Uitumen of Mongolia in the -86kg.

Kazakhstan again led all nations in the women’s freestyle events by winning the -48kg over Vietnam’s Vu Thi Hang and winning the -69kg over Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wen-Ling. They also qualified in the -63kg and -75kg. Mongolia’s Erdenechimegiin Sumiyaa won the -53kg over Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Lua while her compatriot Purevdorjiin Orkhon lost in the final of the -58kg event against Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova. Japan completed its women’s team by winning the -75kg while China’s Wang Xiaoqian won the -63kg.

China had a great tournament in the men’s Greco-Roman as they won three gold medals with Wang Lumin defeating Japan’s Shinobu Ota in the -59kg, Peng Fei defeating Kyrgyzstan’s Janarbek Kenjeev in the -85kg and Xiao Di winning by walkover against India’s Hardeep Singh in the -98kg. 2012 Olympic champion Kim Hyeon-Woo of South Korea defeated Uzbekistan’s Dilshod Turdiev while 2012 Olympic champion Omid Norouzi lost to Japan’s Tomohiro Inoue, but has still qualified his nation to the Olympics. 2014 Asian Games champion Nurmakhan Tinaliyev of Kazkahstan won the -130kg by defeating Kyrgyzstan’s Murat Ramonov.

Adding the quotas qualified at the World Championships Kazakhstan, Iran and Japan lead the continent for most qualified athletes in this sport. Non-qualified nations will still have two more opportunities to qualify at one of the two final qualification tournaments.


Quotas by Nations

  • Kazakhstan – 9
  • China – 5
  • Japan – 5
  • Kyrgyzstan – 4
  • Mongolia – 3
  • India – 2
  • Iran – 2
  • South Korea – 2
  • Vietnam – 2
  • Chinese Taipei – 1
  • Uzbekistan – 1




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