Tokyo watch for Thursday: China and Japan add two more qualifiers, five nations have four qualifiers

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Sept. 19, 2019, 1:05 p.m. (ET)
Photo of Risako Kawai by Kadir Caliskan, United World Wrestling.

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.

On Wednesday, there were two Olympic weight classes in women’s freestyle completed: 57 kg/125.5 lbs. and 76 kg/167.5 lbs. China and Japan were able to pick up an Olympic berth in both of these weight classes.

For the 10 Olympic weight classes completed by Thursday (6 in Greco-Roman and 4 in women’s freestyle), there are five nations with four total Olympic qualifiers at this time: China, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan and Russia.

The United States got its first Olympic berth, when Adeline Gray won the gold at 76 kg in women’s freestyle.

Friday is the conclusion of four more Olympic weight classes, the final two in women’s freestyle (62 kg and 68 kg) and the first two in men’s freestyle (57 kg and 65 kg).

Updated Olympic Qualification by nation, all styles
(as of September 19, 2019)

China, 4 (50kgW, 53kgW, 57kgW, 76kgW)
Germany, 4 (67kgGR, 87kgGR, 130kgGR, 76kgW)
Japan, 4 (60kgGR, 50kgW, 57kgW, 76kgW)
Kazakhstan, 4 (60kgGR, 77kgGR, 50kgW, 76kgW)
Russia, 4 (60kgGR, 67kgGR, 97kgGR, 50kgW)
Iran, 3 (60kgGR, 77kgGR, 130kgGR)
Poland, 3 (97kgGR, 53 kgW, 57kgW)
Uzbekistan, 3 (60 kgGR, 77kgGR, 87kgGR)
Ukraine, 3 (60kgGR, 87kgGR, 50kgW)
Armenia, 2 (77kgGR, 97kgGR)
Belarus, 2 (87kgGR, 57kgW)
Cuba, 2 (67kgGR, 130kgGR)
Estonia, 2 (130kgGR, 76kgW
Georgia, 2 (97kgGR, 130kgGR)
Hungary, 2 (77kgGR, 87kgGR)
Serbia, 2 (67kgGR, 97kgGR)
Turkey, 2 (97kgGR, 130kgGR)
Azerbaijan, 1 (50kgW)
Denmark, 1 (67kgGR)
Egypt, 1 (67kgGR)
Greece, 1 (53kgW)
India, 1 (53kgW)
Kyrgyzstan, 1 (87kgGR)
Moldova, 1 (57kgW)
Nigeria, 1 (57kgW)
North Korea, 1 (53kgW)
Romania, 1 (50kgW)
Sweden, 1 (77kgGR)
United States, 1 (76kgW)

Olympic qualification in women’s freestyle on Thursday

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
2019 World champion – Japan (Risako Kawai)
2019 World silver medalist – China (Ningning Rong)
2019 World bronze medalist – Nigeria (Odunayo Adekuoroye)
2019 World bronze medalist – Belarus (Iryna Kurachkina)
2019 World fifth place – Poland (Jowita Maria Wrzesien)
2019 World fifth place – Moldova (Anastasia Nichita (Moldova)

76 kg/167.5 lbs.
2019 World champion – United States (Adeline Gray)
2019 World silver medalist – Japan (Hiroe Minagawa Suzuki)
2019 World bronze medalist – Germany (Aline Rotter Focken)
2019 World bronze medalist – Estonia (Epp Maee)
2019 World fifth place – China (Qian Zhou)
2019 World fifth place – Kazakhstan (Elmira Syzdykova)

Previous Olympic qualification in women’s freestyle

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 Olympic Qualification in women’s freestyle
China, 4 (50kgW, 53kgW, 57kgW, 76 kgW)
Japan, 3 (50kgW, 57 kgW, 76kgW)
Kazakhstan, 2 (50kgW, 76 kgW)
Poland, 2 (53 kgW, 57kgW
Azerbaijan, 1 (50kgW)
Belarus, 1 (57kgW)
Estonia, 1 (76kgW
Germany, 1 (76kgW
Greece, 1 (53kgW)
India, 1 (53kgW)
Moldova, 1 (57kgW)
Nigeria, 1 (57kgW
North Korea, 1 (53kgW)
Romania, 1 (50kgW)
Russia, 1 (50kgW)
Ukraine, 1 (50kgW)
United States, 1 (76kgW)

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
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)