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Since the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896, wrestling has been a part of every Summer Olympic program, with the exception of the 1900 Games. There will be roughly 288 wrestlers competing in Paris in 2024—the same amount as in Tokyo in 2020. Find out which routes wrestlers will take to get to Paris in 2024.

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Wrestling in Tokyo 2020 was exciting and dramatic, with moments such as American David Taylor’s incredible comeback to win his first gold medal in the closing seconds, Cuban superstar Mijain Lopez Nunez’s historic fourth Olympic title, and the first-ever Olympic wrestling medals for Nigeria and San Marino.

More exciting competitions are to be expected in the qualifiers for the next Paris Games. First, though, learn the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the Paris 2024 qualifying process.

What is the anticipated number of wrestlers competing in Paris 2024?

The number of competitors in the wrestling competition in Paris 2024 is 288 in total: 192 men and 96 women, which is precisely the same as in the previous Games.

In the event of wrestling, the host nation will not receive any spots; instead, quota spots will be distributed to National Olympic Committees (NOCs), up to a maximum of 18 (one spot per event).

What is the Paris 2024 wrestling qualification route?

Three phases will be used to distribute all 288 quotas.

Phase 1: Senior World Championships in 2023

The 2023 Senior World Championships will determine the allocation of 90 quotas, five for each of the 18 Olympic weight categories. Each of the 18 categories’ four medal winners—gold, silver, bronze, and bronze—will receive one quota spot for their NOC. Additionally, there will be a fight between the two bronze medal losers, with the winner taking home the final quota.

Phase 2: Tournaments for Continental Qualification in 2024

The 2024 Continental Qualification Tournaments will determine the 144 quotas. A separate Olympic Qualification Tournament will be held on each continent, with the exception of Oceania and Africa, which will hold a combined tournament.

One quota spot each for their NOC will be awarded to the top two athletes in each of the 18 Olympic weight divisions at each Continental Qualification event.

Phase 3: Event for 2024 World Qualification

In 2024, the World Qualification Tournament will determine the final 54 quotas. One Olympic weight category quota place will be awarded to the top two athletes in each of the 18 weight classes for their NOC. A fight between the two athletes who finished in third place will also be scheduled, and the victor of that fight will earn one quota spot for their Nation of Certification.

What is the schedule and format of the Paris 2024 wrestling competition?

Held at the Champ de Mars Arena, the same location as the judo competition, the Paris 2024 wrestling competition will take place from August 5–11.

There will be eighteen events in Paris 2024, the same number as in Tokyo 2020, showcasing the two wrestling styles of Greco-Roman and Freestyle.

  • Men’s Freestyle events: 57kg, 65kg, 74kg, 86kg, 97kg, 125kg
  • Men’s Greco-Roman events: 60kg, 67kg, 77kg, 87kg, 97kg, 130kg
  • Women’s Freestyle events: 50kg, 53kg, 57kg, 62kg, 68kg, 76kg

There is a direct elimination method used in the competitions. Wrestlers who lose to the finalists compete in a repechage process that will award two bronze medals.

Paris 2024: A look at the wrestlers

Many of the Tokyo 2020 finalists will be aiming for gold at the Games, but Cuban sensation Mijain Lopez Nunez, who became the second wrestler in history to win four Olympic wrestling gold medals at the age of 38 in Tokyo, has not stated whether he will compete in Paris.

David Taylor of Team USA will try to defend his title following his thrilling last-minute comeback victory over Iranian Hassan Yazdani in the men’s freestyle 86kg final. As evidenced by his three-time world championship and gold medal from Rio 2016, the silver medallist will not be easily defeated.

Kyle Snyder, the gold medallist from Rio 2016 will also be interesting to watch. The American will try to win the title back in Paris in 2024 after losing in the freestyle 97kg final in Tokyo.

Japanese athletes have dominated women’s competitions since they were added to the Olympic schedule in 2004. They took home four of the six available gold medals at Tokyo 2020, including the 62kg and 57kg titles won by the Kawai Yukako and Risako sisters, respectively. After giving birth to her first child in May 2022, double Olympic champion Risako is expected to be a favorite in Paris 2024 if she decides to return to the mat.

In the women’s 68kg division, Tamyra Mensah-Stock, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling, is sure to be a fierce competitor.

Two medalists from nations that had never won a medal in wrestling emerged from the Tokyo competitions. Myles Nazem Amine of San Marino won bronze in the men’s 86kg division, and Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria took home the silver medal in the women’s 68kg division. This is what both athletes will be hoping for in Paris in 2024.

Competing schedules for Paris 2024 qualification

16 September 2023 – 12 May 2024: Qualifying Period**
28 March – 02 April 2023**: Asian Championships, TBD ***
17-23 April 2023**: European Championships, Zagreb (CRO) ***
04-07 May 2023**: Pan-American Championships, Buenos Aires (ARG) ***
16-21 May 2023**: African Championships, Tunis (TUN) ***
26-28 May 2023**: Oceania Championships, TBD ***
16-24 September 2023**: 2023 World Championships, Krasnoyarsk (RUS)**
27 September 2023**: UWW confirms in writing to the NOCs the quota places obtained.**
08 October 2023**: The NOCs to confirm to UWW the use of the allocated quota places.**
26-28 January 2024**: Oceania Championships, TBD ****
06-11 February 2024**: African Championships, Cairo (EGY) ****
12-18 February 2024**: European Championships, Bucharest (ROU) ****
27 February – 03 March 2024**: Asian Championships. TBD ****
07-10 March 2024**: Pan-American Championships, TBD ****
22-24 March 2024**: African & Oceania Qualifying Tournament, TBD**
27 March 2024**: UWW confirms in writing to the NOCs the quota places obtained at the African & Oceania Qualifying Tournament**
04-07 April 2024**: European Qualifying Tournament, TBD**
07 April 2024**: The NOCs to confirm to UWW the use of the allocated quota places at the African & Oceania Qualifying Tournament**
10 April 2024**: UWW confirms in writing to the NOCs the quota places obtained at the European Qualifying Tournament**
12-14 April 2024**: Asian Qualifying Tournament, TBD**
17 April 2024**: UWW confirms in writing to the NOCs the quota places obtained at the Asian Qualifying Tournament**
19-21 April 2024**: Pan-American Qualifying Tournament, TBD**
21 April 2024**: The NOCs to confirm to UWW the use of the allocated quota places at the European Qualifying Tournament**
24 April 2024**: UWW confirms in writing to NOCs the quota places obtained at the Pan-American Qualifying Tournament**
28 April 2024**: The NOCs to confirm to UWW the use of the allocated quota places at the Asian Qualifying Tournament**
05 May 2024**: The NOCs to confirm to UWW the use of the allocated quota places at the Pan-American Qualifying Tournament**
09-12 May 2024**: World Qualifying Tournament, TBD**
15 May 2024**: UWW confirms in writing to NOCs the quota places obtained at the World Qualifying Tournament**
26 May 2024**: The NOCs to confirm to UWW the use of the allocated quota places at the World Qualifying Tournament
Date: The Tripartite Commission to confirm in writing the allocation of Universality Places to the NOCs (where applicable).**
June 2024**: UWW to reallocate all unused quota**
8 July 2024**: Paris 2024 Sport Entries deadline**
26 July – 11 August 2024**: Olympic Games Paris 2024

*The Senior Continental Championships mentioned above for 2023 are not Olympic Games qualifying events for Paris 2024; however, only NOCs and NFs who participated in these Championships will be eligible to send the same number of athletes per style to the 2023 Senior World Championships (1st phase).

**The Senior Continental Championships mentioned above in 2024 are not Olympic qualifying events for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris; instead, only NOCs and NFs who participated in these Championships will be eligible to compete in the Continental Qualification tournaments, with the same number of athletes per style.Wrestling qualification for Paris 2024

 

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