Tokyo watch for Wednesday: Russia takes lead in Olympic qualifiers; China gets two women’s Olympic spots

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Sept. 18, 2019, 11:28 a.m. (ET)
2019 World champion Mariya Stadnik became Azerbaijan's first to qualify a weight for the Olympics this week. Photo by Kadir Caliskan, UWW

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – USA Wrestling is keeping a running score of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualification process, as the 2019 World Championships continue 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.

Wednesday was the first night of medal competition featuring Olympic weight classes in women’s freestyle, with two Olympic weights completed: 50 kg/110 lbs. and 53 kg/116.5 lbs.

Only one nation, China, secured qualifiers at both 50 kg and 53 kg in women’s freestyle, with the other 10 Olympic qualification berths going to other nations.

Overall, with the completion of Greco-Roman and the start of women’s freestyle, Russia has the most Olympic qualifiers at four, with three in Greco-Roman, plus the 50 kg spot in women’s freestyle. Five nations have three spots through Wednesday: Germany, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. Six other nations have secured two Olympic berths.

There are currently 26 nations which have qualified at least one spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in wrestling, after three nights of finals with Olympic weight classes featured.

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

On Thursday, there will be two women’s freestyle Olympic weight classes completed, 57 kg/125.5 lbs. and 76 kg/167.5 lbs.

Updated Olympic Qualification by nation, all styles
(as of September 18, 2019)

Russia, 4 (60kgGR, 67kgGR, 97kgGR, 50kgW)
Germany, 3 (67kgGR, 87kgGR, 130kgGR)
Iran, 3 (60kgGR, 77kgGR, 130kgGR)
Kazakhstan, 3 (60kgGR, 77kgGR, 50kgW
Uzbekistan, 3 (60 kgGR, 77kgGR, 87kgGR)
Ukraine, 3 (60kgGR, 87kgGR, 50kgW)
Armenia, 2 (77kgGR, 97kgGR)
China, 2 (50kgW, 53kgW
Cuba, 2 (67kgGR, 130kgGR)
Georgia, 2 (97kgGR, 130kgGR)
Hungary, 2 (77kgGR, 87kgGR)
Japan, 2 (60kgGR, 50kgW
Poland, 1 (97kgGR, 53 kgW
Serbia, 2 (67kgGR, 97kgGR)
Turkey, 2 (97kgGR, 130kgGR)
Azerbaijan, 1 (50kgW)
Belarus, 1 (87kgGR)
Denmark, 1 (67kgGR)
Estonia, 1 (130kgGR
Egypt, 1 (67kgGR)
Greece, 1 (53kgW)
India, 1 (53kgW)
Kyrgyzstan, 1 (87kgGR)
North Korea, 1 (53kgW)
Romania, 1 (50kgW)
Sweden, 1 (77kgGR)

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


50 kg/110 lbs.
2019 World champion – Azerbaijan (Mariya Stadnik)
2019 World silver medalist – Romania (Emilia Vuc)
2019 World bronze medalist – Kazakhstan (Valentina Islamova Brik)
2019 World bronze medalist – Russia (Ekaterina Poleschuk)
2019 World fifth place – Ukraine (Oksana Livach)
2019 World fifth place –China (Sun Yanan)

53 kg/116.5 lbs.
2019 World champion – North Korea (Yong Mi Pak)
2019 World silver medalist – Japan (Mayu Mukaida)
2019 World bronze medalist – India (Vinesh)
2019 World bronze medalist – China (Qianyu Pang)
2019 World fifth place – Greece (Maria Prevolaraki)
2019 World fifth place – Poland (Roksana Zasina)

Updated Greco-Roman Olympic qualifications
(with athlete who qualified the weight)


Greco-Roman 60 kg/132 lbs.
2019 World champion - Japan (Kenichiro Fumita)
2019 World silver medalist - Russia (Sergey Emelin)
2019 World bronze medalist - Kazakhstan (Mirambek Ainagulov)
2019 World bronze medalist - Iran (Ali Reza Ayat Ollah Nejati)
2019 World fifth place - Ukraine (Lenur Temirov)
2019 World fifth place - Uzbekistan (Elmurat Tasmuradov)

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 77 kg/169.5 lbs.
2019 World champion - Hungary (Tamas Lorincz)
2019 World silver medalist - Sweden (Alex Bjurberg Kessidis)
2019 World bronze medalist - Iran (Mohammadali Abdolhamid Geraei)
2019 World bronze medalist - Uzbekistan (Jalgasbay Berdimuratov)
2019 World fifth place - Armenia (Karapet Chalyan)
2019 World fifth place - Kazakhstan (Askhat Dilmukhamedov)

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)

Greco-Roman 130 kg/286 lbs.
2019 World champion - Turkey (Riza Kayaalp)
2019 World silver medalist - Cuba (Oscar Pino Hinds)
2019 World bronze medalist - Estonia (Heiki Nabi)
2019 World bronze medalist - Georgia (Iakobi Kajaia)
2019 World fifth place - Iran (Amir Mohammadali Ghasemimonjezi)
2019 World fifth place - Germany (Eduard Popp)

Olympic Qualification in Greco-Roman wrestling by nation to date
Germany, 3 (67kgGR, 87kgGR, 130kgGR)
Iran, 3 (60kgGR, 77kgGR, 130kgGR)
Russia, 3 (60kgGR, 67kgGR, 97kgGR)
Uzbekistan, 3 (60 kgGR, 77kgGR, 87kgGR)
Armenia, 2 (77kgGR, 97kgGR)
Cuba, 2 (67kgGR, 130kgGR)
Georgia, 2 (97kgGR, 130kgGR)
Hungary, 2 (77kgGR, 87kgGR)
Kazakhstan, 2 (60kgGR, 77kgGR
Serbia, 2 (67kgGR, 97kgGR)
Turkey, 2 (97kgGR, 130kgGR)
Ukraine, 2 (60kgGR, 87kgGR)
Belarus, 1 (87kgGR)
Denmark, 1 (67kgGR)
Estonia, 1 (130kgGR
Egypt, 1 (67kgGR)
Japan, 1 (60kgGR)
Kyrgyzstan, 1 (87kgGR)
Poland, 1 (97kgGR)
Sweden, 1 (77kgGR)