Tokyo watch for Monday: Russia, Germany and Serbia qualify two Greco-Roman spots in 2020 Olympics

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Sept. 16, 2019, 10:26 a.m. (ET)
Musa Evloev of Russia battled Mihail Kajaia of Serbia in the 97 kg semifinals. Both qualified their nation for the 2020 Olympic Games at 97 kg. Photo by Martin Gabor, UWW

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – USA Wrestling will keep a running score of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualification process, as the 2019 World Championships progress in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan this week.

The 2019 World Championships serves as the first qualifying event for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in the 18 Olympic weight classes. The top six place winners in each of the Olympic weights will qualify their nation for the Olympic Games at that weight.

Monday was the first night of medal competition featuring Olympic weight classes, with three Greco-Roman weights completed: 67 kg/147.5 lbs., 87 kg/191.5 lbs. and 97 kg/213.75 lbs.

Three different nations qualified two berths in the Olympic Games by having wrestlers place in the top six in Nur-Sultan on Monday: Germany, Russia and Serbia.

At this point, 15 different nations have qualified at least one entry for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Three more Greco-Roman Olympic weight classes will conclude on Tuesday, with 60 kg/132 lbs., 77 kg/169.5 lbs. and 130 kg/286 lbs. finishing with their medal rounds.

Ultimately, there will be 16 nations qualified to compete in each weight class at the Tokyo Games.

Olympic Qualification by nation, all styles
(as of September 15, 2019)

Germany, 2 (67kgGR, 87kgGR)
Russia, 2 (67kgGR, 97kgGR)
Serbia, 2 (67kgGR, 97kgGR)
Armenia, 1 (97kgGR)
Belarus, 1 (87kgGR)
Cuba, 1 (67kgGR)
Denmark, 1 (67kgGR)
Egypt, 1 (67kgGR)
Georgia, 1 (97kgGR)
Hungary, 1 (87kgGR)
Kyrgyzstan, 1 (87kgGR)
Poland , 1 (97kgGR)
Turkey, 1 (97kgGR)
Ukraine, 1 (87kgGR)
Uzbekistan, 1 (87kgGR)

Olympic qualification by weight class
(with athlete who qualified the weight)

Greco-Roman 67 kg/147.5 lbs.
2019 World champion - Cuba (Ismael Borrero Molina)
2019 World silver medalist - Russia (Artem Surkov)
2019 World bronze medalist - Serbia (Mate Nemes)
2019 World bronze medalist - Germany (Frank Staebler)
2019 World fifth place - Denmark (Fredrik Bjerrehuus)
2019 World fifth place - Egypt (Mohamed Ibrahim Elsayed)

Greco-Roman 87 kg/191.5 lbs.
2019 World champion - Ukraine (Zhan Beleniuk)
2019 World silver medalist - Hungary (Viktor Lorincz)
2019 World bronze medalist - Germany (Denis Kudla)
2019 World bronze medalist - Uzbekistan (Rustam Assakalov)
2019 World fifth place - Belarus (Mikalai Stadub)
2019 World fifth place - Kyrgyzstan (Atabek Azisbekov)

Greco-Roman 97 kg/213.75 lbs.
2019 World champion - Russia (Musa Evloev)
2019 World silver medalist - Armenia (Artur Aleksanyan)
2019 World bronze medalist - Serbia (Mihail Kajaia)
2019 World bronze medalist - Turkey (Cenk Ildem)
2019 World fifth place - Poland (Tadeusz Michalik)
2019 World fifth place - Georgia (Giorgi Melia)