Tokyo watch for Friday: Japan takes lead with seven Olympic qualifiers, including five of the six women’s spots

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Sept. 20, 2019, 12:59 p.m. (ET)
Tamyra Mensah-Stock of the United States won the gold medal at 68 kg in women's freestyle. Photo by Jim Thrall, MatFocus.com

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 Friday, there were four Olympic weight classes completed, two in men’s freestyle and two in women’s freestyle.
The women’s weights are 62 kg/136.5 lbs. and 68 kg/149.75 lbs The men’s weight classes are 57 kg/125.5 lbs. and 76 kg/167.5 lbs

For the 10 Olympic weight classes completed by Thursday (6 in Greco-Roman and 6 in women’s freestyle and 2 in men’s freestyle), leading the qualifier count is Japan, which so far has five women’s berths, one Greco-Roman berth and one men’s freestyle berth. Right behind them are Kazakhstan and Russia with six qualifiers.

The United States got its second Olympic berth, when Tamyra Mensah-Stock won gold at 68 kg

Women’s freestyle concluded today, and Japan led all nations in women’s Olympic berths with five. China was in second with four Olympic qualifications.

The first two men’s freestyle weight classes were completed. Three nations qualified for the Olympics in both weight classes, India, Kazakhstan and Russia.

Saturday is the conclusion of two more men’s freestyle Olympic weight classes, 74 kg/163 lbs. and 125 kg/275 lbs. in men’s freestyle.

Updated Olympic Qualification by nation, all styles
(as of September 20, 2019)

Japan, 7 (60kgGR, 50kgW, 57kgW, 62kgW, 68kgW, 76kgW, 65kgFS)
Kazakhstan, 6 (60kgGR, 77kgGR, 50kgW, 76kgW, 57kgFS, 65kgFS)
Russia, 6 (60kgGR, 67kgGR, 97kgGR, 50kgW, 57kgFS, 65kgFS)
Germany, 5 (67kgGR, 87kgGR, 130kgGR, 68 kgW, 76kgW)
China, 4 (50kgW, 53kgW, 57kgW, 76kgW)
Hungary, 4 (77kgGR, 87kgGR, 62kgW, 65kgFS)
Iran, 4 (60kgGR, 77kgGR, 130kgGR, 57kgFS)
Ukraine, 4 (60kgGR, 87kgGR, 50kgW, 68kgW)
India, 3 (53kgW, 57kgFS, 65kgFS)
Turkey, 3 (97kgGR, 130kgGR, 57kgFS)
Poland, 3 (97kgGR, 53 kgW, 57kgW)
Serbia, 3 (67kgGR, 97kgGR, 57kgFS)
Sweden, 3 (77kgGR, 63kgW, 68kgW)
Uzbekistan, 3 (60 kgGR, 77kgGR, 87kgGR)
Armenia, 2 (77kgGR, 97kgGR)
Belarus, 2 (87kgGR, 57kgW)
Cuba, 2 (67kgGR, 130kgGR)
Estonia, 2 (130kgGR, 76kgW
Georgia, 2 (97kgGR, 130kgGR)
Kyrgyzstan, 2 (87kgGR, 62kgW)
Mongolia, 2 (68kgW, 65kgFS)
North Korea, 2 (53kgW, 62kgW)
United States, 2 (68kgW, 76kgW)
Azerbaijan, 1 (50kgW)
Bulgaria, 1 (62kgW)
Denmark, 1 (67kgGR)
Egypt, 1 (67kgGR)
Greece, 1 (53kgW)
Moldova, 1 (57kgW)
Nigeria, 1 (57kgW)
Romania, 1 (50kgW)

Olympic qualification in women’s freestyle on Friday

62 kg/136.5 lbs.
2019 World champion – Kyrgyzstan (Aisuluu Tynbekova)
2019 World silver medalist – Bulgaria (Taybe Mustafa Yusein)
2019 World bronze medalist – Japan (Yukako Kawai)
2019 World bronze medalist – Sweden (Henna Johansson)
2019 World fifth place – North Korea (Jong Sim Rim)
2019 World fifth place – Hungary (Marianna Sastin)

68 kg/149.75 lbs.
2019 World champion – United States (Tamyra Mensah-Stock)
2019 World silver medalist – Sweden (Anna Jenny Fransson)
2019 World bronze medalist – Mongolia (Battsetseg Soronzonbold)
2019 World bronze medalist – Germany (Anna Carmen Schell)
2019 World fifth place – Ukraine (Alla Cherkasova)
2019 World fifth place – Japan (Sara Dosho)

Olympic qualification in men’s freestyle on Friday

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
2019 World champion – Russia (Zavur Uguev)
2019 World silver medalist – Turkey (Suleyman Atli)
2019 World bronze medalist – Kazakhstan (Nurislam Sanayev)
2019 World bronze medalist – India (Kumar Ravi)
2019 World fifth place – Serbia (Stevan Micic)
2019 World fifth place –Iran (Reza Ahmadali Atrinagharchi)

65 kg/143 lbs.
2019 World champion – Russia (Gadzhimurad Rashidov)
2019 World silver medalist – Kazakhstan (Daulet Niyazbekov)
2019 World bronze medalist – India (Bajrang)
2019 World bronze medalist – Hungary (Iszmail Muszukajev)
2019 World fifth place – Japan (Takuto Otoguro)
2019 World fifth place – Mongolia (Tulga Tumur Ochir)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Updated Olympic Qualification in women’s freestyle
Japan, 5 (50kgW, 57 kgW, 62kgW, 68kg, 76kgW)
China, 4 (50kgW, 53kgW, 57kgW, 76 kgW)
Germany, 2 (68kgW, 76kgW
Kazakhstan, 2 (50kgW, 76 kgW)
North Korea, 2 (53kgW, 62kgW)
Poland, 2 (53 kgW, 57kgW)
Sweden, 2 (63kgW, 68kgW
Ukraine, 2 (50kgW, 68kgW)
United States, 2 (68kgW, 76kgW)
Azerbaijan, 1 (50kgW)
Belarus, 1 (57kgW)
Bulgaria, 1 (62kgW
Estonia, 1 (76kgW
Greece, 1 (53kgW)
Hungary, 1 (62kgW)
India, 1 (53kgW)
Kyrgyzstan, 1 (62kgW
Moldova, 1 (57kgW)
Mongolia, 1 (68kgW)
Nigeria, 1 (57kgW
Romania, 1 (50kgW)
Russia, 1 (50kgW)

Updated Olympic Qualification in men’s freestyle
India, 2 (57kgFS, 65kgFS
Kazakhstan, 2 (57kgFS, 65kgFS
Russia, 2 (57kgFS, 65kgFS
Hungary, 1 (65kgFS
Iran, 1 (57kgFS
Japan, 1 (65kgFS
Mongolia, 1 (65kgFS
Serbia, 1 (57kg
Turkey, 1 (57kgFS

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)